Deep Dive: Lying, Bullshitting, and the Meaning of Truth

When is the truth the truth, a lie a lie, and what constitutes mere BS in an era that many refer to as “post-truth”? We address the kinds of critical and largely ethical questions we confront in our modern-day discourse across this deep dive, exploring the intent of the First Amendment (does it protect lies?), the reasons we lie (or, in fact, are we just strategically misleading?), and, through the lens of a lawyer, a fact checker, and a scientist, the ways various of us define and “get to” the truth.

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: Society

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More than one-third of the world’s girls and women have experienced some form of violence in their lives, leading the... See more
The #MeToo movement has inspired a sister movement called #USToo, designed to expose and eliminate sexual harassment in... See more
When a self-driving car’s brakes fail and it has to barrel down one of two lanes, each occupied with two people, which... See more

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