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Lemmie and others postings are a major embarrassment to Mr. Peterson as a so called scholar and man of ethics-he just keeps hanging himself higher and higher!

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For your “Christopher Hitchens Memorial ‘How Religion Poisons Everything’ File”
APRIL 29, 2020 BY DAN PETERSON


....[Postscript, to those who eagerly scan these blog entries in hopes of finding evidence of plagiarism: The entries that I identify as “notes” are, as I say, notes. In the particular case above, they are notes from Paul McFate, 52 Good Reasons to Go to Church, Besides the Obvious Ones (Chicago: ACTA Publications, 2004). They are notes from that text.

I do not count them as my original creation.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeters ... -file.html
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I don't know why our favorite mopologist just doesn't follow the rules? Just properly attribute the sources already and stop the silly rebellion. Is this what it is about? "You can't tell me how to run my blog?"

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It isn't just the blog.

My survey of 6 Interpreter articles (technically volume prefaces, but written as articles with abstract, references, etc) shows a massive amount of unattributed, plagiarized material.

So the journal has a plagiarism problem, too.

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Dr Exiled wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:29 pm
Great find Doc! Does anyone here know how newspapers treat authors/columnists who simply recycle articles from other articles they've written? I think usually the authors/columnists at least tell the readers that the "new" offering is from an article previously published, right?
The LDS living magazine added this to a Peterson column, directly under his title and byline:

Editor's note: A portion of this was previously published on the author's blog.

https://www.ldsliving.com/The-Excommuni ... on/s/89748
Peterson may not consider his blog posts to be publications, but clearly the LDS Living Magazine does.

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Well, if anyone is interested, you can contact Doug Wilks who is the editor at Deseret News. Of course, his last log-in to his own site was April 16th, so I don't know how closely he tracks what's going on at the DN:

https://www.deseret.com/users/doug-wilks-dn

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Dr. Moore wrote, "It isn't just the blog.

My survey of 6 Interpreter articles (technically volume prefaces, but written as articles with abstract, references, etc) shows a massive amount of unattributed, plagiarized material.

So the journal has a plagiarism problem, too."

Yeah, I noticed a while back how much pilfering he was doing of his colleagues intellectual property. I couldn't believe me eyes. The crazy thing is... How do they not know, and how do they not care? Do they just fire and forget? Like, wouldn't someone who took the time to research, write, and publish material be absolutely livid that some lazy ____ waltzes in, steals your work, and passes it off as his own? It's mind boggling.

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Doctor CamNC4Me wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 11:22 am
Dr. Moore wrote, "It isn't just the blog.

My survey of 6 Interpreter articles (technically volume prefaces, but written as articles with abstract, references, etc) shows a massive amount of unattributed, plagiarized material.

So the journal has a plagiarism problem, too."

Yeah, I noticed a while back how much pilfering he was doing of his colleagues intellectual property. I couldn't believe me eyes. The crazy thing is... How do they not know, and how do they not care? Do they just fire and forget? Like, wouldn't someone who took the time to research, write, and publish material be absolutely livid that some lazy ____ waltzes in, steals your work, and passes it off as his own? It's mind boggling.

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Well since the Mormon ideology is to all be of one mind, perhaps they believe their brains and research is everyone's? So it's perfectly fine to just fob and lob........after all it's defending everyone's beliefs, so apparently it isn't cared who gets the credit.....

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When I finished and posted Peterson’s Wikipedia plagiarism yesterday, I found several other drafts where I had started to document Peterson’s plagiarized works, but didn’t finish due to lack of time. As we come to the end of this semester I have more time, so I am finishing up those documentations.

In this one, Peterson plagiarizes from the entry “Drama,” in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Authored by Charles Metten.
https://eom.BYU.edu/index.php/Drama

Peterson has two blog entries that plagiarize this work:

“Phantom”
OCTOBER 15, 2019 BY DAN PETERSON
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeters ... antom.html

and

Brigham Young, the Theater, and Moral Uplift
AUGUST 26, 2018 BY DAN PETERSON
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeters ... plift.html


Peterson’s first paragraph in both is his work. Here is the most recent:
DCP:

From a previous blog post of mine:

I suspect that Brigham Young’s tastes in theater may have been more overtly didactic than mine are, and we certainly disagree on his distaste for tragedies, but I’m grateful that he gave such strong support to drama from the very earliest days of Mormon settlement in Utah. (So, too, is my wife, the theater major.)

But then, as usual, things go awry as plagiarism starts attacking the helpless-to-prevent Peterson. Also as usual, Peterson’s exact plagiarized phrases and sentences are in blue.

From the EOM:
EOM:

Soon after arriving in Salt Lake Valley in 1847, the Latter-day Saints erected what they call a bowery (a temporary shelter made from placing tree boughs on a frame structure) on the southeast corner of what became Temple Square.

Three successively larger boweries replaced the first. Concerts, plays, and dances were performed there. President Brigham Young observed, "If I were placed on a cannibal island and given a task of civilizing its people, I should straightway build a theatre" (Skidmore, p. 47).
Peterson, without noting the skidmore source, or crediting the EOM author:
DCP:

“If I were placed on a cannibal island and given a task of civilizing its people,” Brigham is said to have remarked, “I should straightway build a theatre.”

And, very plainly, history and his actions bear him out on that claim. Soon after they arrivedin the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, the Latter-day Saints erected a temporary shelter made from tree boughs on a frame structure that came to be called “The Bowery.” It stood on the southeast corner of what we now know as Temple Square. The forerunner of the Tabernacle, it was used for religious services — but also for concerts, plays, and dances.
Next section in the EOM:
EOM:

Social Hall in Salt Lake City was formally dedicated in 1853, scarcely more than five years after the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the valley. In Utah and the Mormons, Benjamin G. Ferris described the presentations held there: "During the winter they keep up theatrical exhibitions in Social Hall, and generally the performances are better sustained in all their parts than in theatres of Atlantic cities" (quoted in Maughan, p. 5).
As plagiarized by Peterson:
DCP:

In 1853, not much more than five years after the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the valley, Salt Lake City’s Social Hall was formally dedicated. The non-Mormon lawyer and federal territorial official Benjamin G. Ferris (1802-1891), a native of New York who was no friend to Mormonism, compared the theatrical performances held there favorably to dramatic presentations along the eastern seaboard.

Continuing:
EOM:

The Salt Lake Theatre, one of the finest theater buildings of its time, was dedicated in 1862. Brigham Young believed that it had been created for an ennobling purpose. During the dedicatory service, he said, "On the stage of a theatre can be represented in character evil and its consequences, good and its happy results and rewards, the weaknesses and follies of man and the magnanimity of the virtuous life" (quoted in Maughan, p. 84).
And Peterson:
DCP:

Thereafter, in 1862, Brigham Young dedicated the Salt Lake Theatre, which was one of the finest theater buildings of its time anywhere in the United States.

“Upon the stage of a theatre,” said Brigham, “can be represented in character, evil and its consequences, good and its happy results and rewards; the weakness and the follies of man, the magnanimity of virtue and the greatness of truth. The stage can be made to aid the pulpit in impressing upon the minds of a community an enlightened sense of a virtuous life, also a proper horror of the enormity of sin and a just dread of its consequences. The path of sin with its thorns and pitfalls, its gins and snares can be revealed, and how to shun it” (Discourses of Brigham Young, 243).
The EOM entry credits Charles Metten with this work, and in his entity, he properly credits his sources.

On the other hand, Peterson credits only one quotation (Brigham Young) and gives no attribution to any of the others credited in the EOM, including the author of the actual entry.

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Yet another plagiarism:

https://www.deseret.com/2020/1/16/21065 ... iddle-east

https://www.ancient.eu/Cyrus_the_Great/

tl;dr - He basically snips up the linked article on Cyrus the Great and cobbles together a column for the Deseret News. Lots of exact phrases, etc etc...

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Here’s another instance of Peterson’s plagiarism I documented some time ago, but didn’t have time to finish and post:

Peterson’s blog entry titled “Astro Worms,” posted Aug 4th, 2018, plagiarizes an Aug 2018 review article in Scientific American, also originally titled “Astro Worms.” [ Note: “This article was originally published with the title "Astro Worms" in Scientific American 319, 2, 14 (August 2018)“ https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... -on-earth/ ]

Katherine Kornei, science reporter at Scientific American, published a brief review in the Aug of 2018 Sci Am magazine of some research regarding testing the g-forces a nematode can withstand.

Peterson decided to briefly review her brief review, but in doing so he has unfortunately lapsed back into his plagiarism habit.

Does reviewing a review count as plagiarizing? I'm sure Ms. Kornei would give a resounding yes, but to get an unbiased take on it, here is the NYTimes policy on reviews of reviews, from their ethics page:
Other People's Reporting.

When we use facts gathered by any other organization, we attribute them. This policy applies to material from newspapers, magazines, books and broadcasts, as well as news agencies…

Inserted from <https://www.asne.org/resources-ethics-nyinteg>
[bolding added]

Granted, Peterson isn't a journalist, just a professor at a religious University where he is bound by an extremely controlling honor code, and maybe he will argue that Ms. Kornei's words are generic on the subject, or that he forgot the words weren't his, or some other variation on one of his many, many mea culpas, but I am sure Ms. K would say otherwise, as would the magazine, Scientific American, that paid for her review.

DCP starts off mildly enough, at least attempting to paraphrase:
K. Kornei wrote: Abstract:
A tiny species of nematode can withstand major g-forces.

Caenorhabditis elegans would make an ace fighter pilot. That's because the roughly one-millimeter-long roundworm, a type of nematode that is widely used in biological studies, is remarkably adept at tolerating acceleration.
Peterson, paragraph 1 wrote: According to “Astro Worms,”a tiny species of nematode called Caenorhabditis elegans that is widely used in biological studies of various kinds is capable of surviving enormous g-forces.
But then his old habits kick in:
k. Kornei wrote: Human pilots lose consciousness when they pull only 4 or 5 g's (1 g is the force of gravity at Earth's surface)...
Peterson wrote: Human pilots lose consciousness when they pull about 4 or 5 g‘s — a g being the equivalent of the gravitational force at Earth’s surface....
And again:
K. Kornei wrote: More than 96 percent were still alive, and the survivors did not exhibit any adverse physical or behavioral changes.
Peterson, paragraph 2 wrote: more than 96% of them were not only still alive but showed no adverse physical or behavioral changes at all.
and again:
K. Kornei wrote: For one thing, it took roughly five minutes for the ultracentrifuge to build up to these massive g-forces—whereas rocks blasted off a planet would reach them within a 1,000th of a second. Nor did the experiment replicate the harsh conditions of space. “Other factors, such as temperature, vacuum and cosmic radiation, should also be tested.”
Peterson, paragraph 3 wrote: For example, the Brazilian ultracentrifuge required approximately five minutes to reach its maximum speed, whereas meteoric ejecta would likely reach maximum velocity within roughly one thousandth of a second.  And then there are questions about temperature, vacuum, and cosmic radiation
Replacing "rocks blasted off a planet" with "meteoric ejecta" in the middle of a plagiarized sentence doesn't undo the plagiarism.

6 of the 8 sentences in Peterson's 4 paragraph review contained long strings of word for word plagiarism. The seventh sentence contained shorter strings of word for word plagiarism. The eighth sentence is the only one in Peterson's fourth paragraph, and the only one that is original. Here it is:

“Still, it’s an intriguing study.“ 


That’s the only sentence in this entire review of a review which is Peterson’s own work.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterso ... worms.html

Note that Scientific American allows use of their materials for a fee:
Tiny Worms Survive Forces 400,000 Times Stronger Than Gravity on Earth
Author: Katherine Kornei
Publication: Scientific American
Publisher: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, a Division of Springer Nature America, Inc.
Date: Aug 1, 2018
Copyright © 2018, Scientific American, Inc.

Welcome to RightsLink

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, a Division of Springer Nature America, Inc. has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service to offer a variety of options for reusing this content.

https://s100.copyright.com/AppDispatchServlet#formTop
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Then a warning pops up:

Scientific American content shall not make up more than 20% of your new work.
Peterson posted 8 sentences, 6 and 1/2 of which are outright plagiarism, which in my estimation means Sci Am content has made up more than 80% of Peterson’s “new” work, with not a single quotation mark in sight.

In other words, Peterson plagiarized again.

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Geez. Embarrassment to scholarship.

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Peterson has now added this to his Astroworms plagiarized blog entry:

[For a certain small group of obsessive critics: This blog entry is partially made up of notes taken from an article. Those notes are notes. From an article. The article from which the notes were taken is identified. I make no claim to being an expert on astrobiology. I do not pretend that my notes here represent original research on my part. I do not claim this as an original publication. I do not list blog entries among my publications. Part of this blog entry is made up of notes. From an article. I’ve closely paraphrased what that article says. I’m simply sharing my notes. I wasn’t trying to pretend that I was writing a new article of my own. I was simply sharing my notes. If you want to brand me as a plagiarist for doing so, you’re perfectly free to do that. But doing that seems more than a little bit silly to me.]

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeters ... worms.html
Let’s take this one point at a time:
DCP:
“The article from which the notes were taken is identified.“
As was recently pointed out, identifying a source, but then using the work without quotation marks is still plagiarism:

It is important to not only cite the source, but also to restate the author’s description in your own words.

Too closely imitating the author’s language structure in your summary or paraphrase is a form of plagiarism, even if you provide a citation, because it gives the false impression that the words are your own when they are not.

This includes rearranging the author’s sentences but using mostly the same wording, or simply inserting synonyms into the author’s sentence arrangement.

https://davidson.libguides.com/c.php?g=349327&p=2361767
And Deseret News agrees. They have removed columns and columnists for the same reason:
Several paragraphs in that column erroneously failed to use quotation marks to properly attribute their source as an article written for the New York Times by Adam Grant. Grant's article was directly referenced at the opening and close of the Eyres' column.

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/765 ... tml?pg=all
What Peterson is doing is considered plagiarism. Saying it is “silly” to identify plagiarism as such is simply a cowardly attempt to blame someone else for his own lack of integrity.

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I think his reaction belies his fear. What is this fear? It’s the fear of discovery. He’s been plagiarizing since he realized he wasn’t going to get caught, once he realized no one would fact check him. This most likely started in high school, it most definitely happened at UCLA (WE WOULDN’T ANYONE CHECKING A CERTAIN DISSERTATION, WOULD WE MR. PETERSON?), continued at BYU, and now continues at the Deseret News and on his blog with such regularity that it boggles the mind.

Students would be expelled for his behavior.

Soldiers would be administratively punished or even discharged for his behavior.

Journalists would be fired for his behavior.

And yet, he persists. He’s a fraud and conman who just found a way to finagle a gig at BYU for 30 years simply because no one bothered to take a good look at what he was doing.

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Mr. Pasterson is quoted saying, "You can't insult me, I'm too ignorant!" I wonder where he plagiarized that?

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Dan's uniquely eloquent brand of academic dishonesty is still just that: dishonesty.

His writings consistently reveal a serial plagiarizer at work, not some absent minded professor who simply became overwhelmed with the volumes of great ideas crisscrossing his enigmatic mind or buried in some massive jumbled computer file. How insulting to the world, the notion that poor digital hygiene is at fault for failure to cite source material properly, aka, plagiarism.

Take these following examples from the Interpreter. None of these examples come from a blog, or "notes" as it were. These are prefacing articles written by the editor of a "Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship." Each article is presented with an abstract, footnotes & citations, and a comments section!

And yet, somehow, NO citations mention the massive amounts of previously published plagiarized content below. The material is presented as if original. A reader in good faith would reach no other conclusion.

And let the record show that when confronted with evidence of his rampant plagiarism, a tenured professor at BYU does the following:
(1) adds notes to old blog posts, disclaimers of a sort, to pre-empt the obvious label of plagiarism
(2) calls the watchdogs "more than a little bit silly" for doing the leg work to assist in bringing the practice to light

Why take any action at all, if it isn't plagiarism? What's the old adage, if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging? (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_holes)

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Happy Star Wars day to all, and a very happy copy+pasta day to DCP.

Clever word replacement doesn't change the fact that it's plagiarism. Simple solution: cite sources and stop claiming credit for other's words and phrases.

Notice the insertion of "-- meaning, of course, that it too always falls on a Sunday --"

Evidently added to interrupt the plagiarized text, but in an awkward and confusing way. 50 days after an Sunday would, of course, always fall on a Monday.

Plagiarizing problems 101... if you can't be bothered to think long enough to re-phrase something in your own words, you're liable make mistakes.

Students can get expelled for repeating such behavior.

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Here is another contribution to the DCP plagiarism watchdog thread.

For this example, I draw on Daniel's 2016 paper, published by the Interpreter.

https://journal.interpreterfoundation.o ... lous-work/
"Many Witnesses to a Marvelous Work"
by Daniel C. Peterson
June 10, 2016

This article was published as a book review.

It is not a blog post. It is not "notes." It is a regular entry to the weekly stream of published articles by the Interpreter.

Below, I show side-by-side, that the book review comprises:
  • Six instances of extensive plagiarizing previously published material
  • Five of which are previously published Deseret News articles, some copied in whole, others with whole sections cut and inserted
  • One of which is copy+pasted text from the book under review, lacking proper quotation marks
  • 10 original paragraphs, out of 63 total paragraphs (84% plagiarized content)
  • Interestingly, other Deseret News articles published by DCP *ARE* cited in the article, for additional clarification on certain points. But the 5 articles from which he plagiarized an overwhelming majority of this book review, those receive no citation or reference whatsoever.
  • Of the 10 original paragraphs in this article, 5 offer bland, generic gospel messages (such as, "But what of the content of those plates? What about the substance of the Book of Mormon itself?"), and the other 5 provide a cursory mention the name and author of the contributions to the book being reviewed, some receiving not even a word of review. Eg, "The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon opens with a chapter (“The Coming Forth of Plain and Precious Truths”) by Elder Merrill J. Bateman, emeritus member of the Seventy, former presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and former president of Brigham Young University."
In other words, the whole article is a form letter, a phone-in, a sham masquerading as new scholarship.

There is hardly one word of "new" thought in the entire 4,287 words. And somehow, it got past peer review and made it out to press in time to save the Interpreter's unbroken streak of weekly publications. At what price, Daniel?

At a very minimum, Interpreter should print an apology for the gross error in source checking, and provide full citations for the plagiarized text. Realizing this would mean 84% of the article is contained in quotes, it might be better to simply retract the article entirely. Being that it's an online-first journal, with some limited print distribution, an apology and retraction in either case is in order.

https://interpreterfoundation.org/submissions/
Citation Sources: All of the articles we publish are thoroughly source-checked.
EDIT: DN source links, on request.
https://www.deseret.com/2015/12/3/20578 ... -Mormonism
https://www.deseret.com/2015/12/31/2057 ... -of-Mormon
https://www.deseret.com/2010/3/18/20375 ... -of-Mormon
https://www.deseret.com/2015/6/25/20567 ... -of-Mormon
https://www.deseret.com/2016/2/11/20582 ... y-expected
https://rsc.BYU.edu/coming-forth-book-m ... ry-america

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Regarding the article immediately above, the one 84% plagiarized from prior content, Daniel wrote on June 10, 2016 -- the day the article above was published -- at Sic et Non:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeters ... -work.html
Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published not merely one new article today, but two. (Or, depending upon how you evaluate the second article, at least one and a half. Or maybe one and a quarter. Or perhaps 1.1 articles is as far as you’re willing to go. Anyway, more than one.)

Here’s the second article:

Many Witnesses to a Marvelous Work

Interpreter was founded approximately 204.5 weeks ago. We have now published at least one new article every Friday for 203 weeks in a row.

I think that the predictions of our imminent death aren’t coming quite as frequently as they once did.
(bold mine)

Clearly, Peterson was uncomfortable with his half-assed effort, and it brings a wry cringe to see that he, himself, ascribes as low as 0.1x value of a full article's to his portion of the 2 Interpreter articles posted that day.

But, the challenge -- "far as you're willing to go" -- was taken up and I conclude that 0.1x might be just about right. Heck, only 16%, or 0.16x, of the paragraphs are not (yet) shown to be plagiarized, but half of those paragraphs were pathetic fluff material at best, consisting of an afterthought effort to list authors and article titles for the book under "review", proving to the reader (or to himself?) that he at least took the time to read the table of contents before hitting "submit."

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I'm beginning to wonder if there are problems with Coach's academic work as well. Has anyone checked it? I wouldn't be surprised if something was found. The evidence above is pretty damning concerning his work on his blog, interpreter, and his deseret news articles.

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Kiwi57 DanielPeterson • 4 days ago

It's not original to me...
Perhaps the obsessive loonies could start rabbitting on about me being a plagiarist too. Why should you get all the glory?

http://disq.us/p/292ao6z
This is too funny. It deserves to be preserved in this thread.

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