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: Aspen Ideas 2017

Watch and Listen: Society

Welcome from David G. Bradley and Walter Isaacson A Conversation on the Future with Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots... See more
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... See more
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The 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival closes out with notable speakers and final thoughts. See more
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From a young age, we are taught that answers matter more than questions. As adults, we experience powerful... See more

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