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Fake Knowledge

“‘Before, we struggled more with fake luxury goods,’ Moon Moo-il, a prosecutor who is leading a crackdown on document misrepresentation at the prosecutor general’s office. ‘Now that we have entered the knowledge-based society, we have to deal with an overflow of fake knowledge.'” — from the New York Times in 2007, in its original report on a case that concluded just the other day.

An applicant for a faculty appointment at South Korea’s Donggkuk University misrepresented his academic record, alleging that he has received a Ph.D. from Yale. Yale, in error, confirmed the applicant’s record. After the truth came out, Donggkuk sued Yale. The case was dismissed by the district court; last week, the Second Circuit affirmed.

Fake knowledge.  I like that phrase.