Check out the latest from the Agora“What is behind a successful academic hoax?” by Costica Bradatan!

The competitive nature of academia produces a tendency to group-think, which hoaxers exploit – Costica Bradatan [Illustration by Sergio Ingravalle/Ikon Images]

Costica Bradatan is Professor of Humanities at Texas Tech University. He is the author of In Praise of Failure: Four Lessons in Humility.

This article is part of the Agora series, a collaboration between the New Statesman and Aaron James Wendland. Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto. He tweets @aj_wendland.