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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Institutions and communities across America are divided over politics, culture, identity, and the overall direction of... See more
Despite decades of economic decline and brain drain for many rural communities, some young American adults are choosing... See more
Nations experience crises which require making selective changes, and some nations are more successful solving them... See more
When we look for attributes of strong leaders, we look for creativity and curiosity, integrity and empathy, diligence... See more
Join Dan Porterfield and Kitty Boone in kicking off the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. Featuring conversations with Jeffrey... See more

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