Skip to comments.Jane Goodall’s ‘Seeds of Hope’ Book Contains Borrowed Passages Without Attribution
Posted on 03/20/2013 5:27:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Jane Goodall, the primatologist celebrated for her meticulous studies of chimps in the wild, is releasing a book next month on the plant world that contains at least a dozen passages borrowed without attribution, or footnotes, from a variety of Web sites.
The borrowings in Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants range from phrases to an entire paragraph from Web sites such as Wikipedia and others that focus on astrology, tobacco, beer, nature and organic tea.
celebrated for her meticulous studies of chimps in the wild, is releasing a book next month on the plant world that contains at least a dozen passages borrowed without attribution, or footnotes, from a variety of Web sites.
Goodall wrote Seeds of Hope with Gail Hudson, who has contributed to two other books by the 78-year-old naturalist. Hudson is described on literati.net as a newspaper and magazine editor, freelance writer, former spirituality editor for Amazon.com and longtime devotee of organic foods and holistic living.
This was a long and well researched book, Goodall said in an e-mail, and I am distressed to discover that some of the excellent and valuable sources were not properly cited, and I want to express my sincere apologies. I hope it is obvious that my only objective was to learn as much as I could so that I could provide straightforward factual information distilled from a wide range of reliable sources.
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Sounds like Jane’s been monkeying around.
I didn’t realize Goodall was still alive. I thought Sigourney Weaver killed her?
Did she plagiarize from an infinite number of monkeys?
What’s more foolish: plagiarism itself or thinking it won’t be detected in the age of Google?
noun - The act, practice, or art of copying the manner or expression of another: imitation, mimicry.
Primatologist see, Primatologist do.
That was Dian Fossey.
I can understand how this would happen. You write down a passage thinking to use it as a source, or as a basis for further study, and it gets mixed in with a lot of other papers, some of which you wrote and some you didn’t. You come back to it months or years later and think it was your work. There have been times I’ve come across some written material and was surprised to find out that it was my work, because I had completely forgotten about it. Similarly, I’ve come across notes or long sections that I honestly thought were mine, when they weren’t. Fortunately I was careful enough to check, while apparently Jane and her co-author didn’t.
This sort of problem can often arise when two authors are working together. If a passage in the manuscript is a little unfamiliar, there’s a tendency to think that’s because the other writer wrote it, rather than attributing it to an outside source. Co-authoring projects can become extremely confusing. I’m speaking from experience.
So a bit of charity is in order here. It could be a legitimate mistake. It could also be due to dishonesty on the part of her co-author.
Of course, if it turns out that Jane has a Biden-like disregard for publishing ethics, then the rest of her work gets called into question. No doubt her previous publications will now be thoroughly checked.
A few years ago, Limbaugh played a clip of her begining a speech with a “chimpanzee greeting”. It went something like “OHOHOHOH AHAHAHAH”.
When that cartoon came out the Jane Goodall Institute wrote a nasty letter and was going to threaten Larson. When Goodall herself came back from Africa, she thought it was amusing and told them to stand down. i think she worked with Larson after that. Now the Simpsons, they went to town on her.
When in Rome...
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