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

To bring the 2018 Ideas Festival to an end, Dan Porterfield sits down with remarkable change makers to discuss what... See more
What does it take for a team, business, or nonprofit to achieve audacious goals? Venture capitalist John Doerr argues... See more
Moved by her own deep hunger to belong — to have an identity that matters and a tribe of her own — Alex Wagner, author... See more
Words come at us in print, online, and on the air; in podcasts, movies, editorials, and advertorials; through e-mail,... See more
Silicon Valley is notoriously a boys’ club, perhaps to society’s detriment. What effects do discrimination and... See more
Trust is democracy’s most valuable asset; we simply can’t work together to solve large problems without it. Yet, trust... See more

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