The more politicized an issue, the harder it is for people to absorb contradictory evidence.
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Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call 'motivated reasoning.'
President Donald Trump, flanked by administration and public health officials, during a briefing on the coronavirus on March 25.
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Journalism's ethics code says the press must 'seek truth and report it,' and also minimize harm. During a public health crisis, how should the press deal with President Trump's inaccuracies and lies?
Understandings of truth may be found in the Muses’ words.
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Is making sense of a story more important than getting at its truth? Looking at the treatment of myth in ancient Greece may help us navigate what is true, and whether that matters.
Post-truth questions the very nature of truth itself – that's why it's so dangerous.
Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote?
Information warfare has gone global. Here are some recent campaigns, and a couple of ideas about how to fight back.
Conviction can lead to dogmatism.
Convictions are where beliefs meet identity. But that can lead to trouble. Our supercharged politics make giving up a conviction feel like an act of self-betrayal and a betrayal of our tribe.
Political fissures extend to the TV screen.
The programs that Americans of all political stripes like to watch seem to be united by a common theme.
Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real.
We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We're more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
More democratic forms of politics, journalism and fact-checking will be needed when we can no longer trust any video footage.
Greek philosopher Socrates.
Three philosophers put up a booth at the entrance to a New York City subway, so people could come to them with questions. They got hit with some real zingers.
Doubting Thomas needed the proof, just like a scientist, and now is a cautionary Biblical example.
An evolutionary biologist makes the case that there's no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on faith.
Does your body give away if you’re lying or not?
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It would be great to know for sure when someone is lying and when someone is telling the truth. But no technology that purports to do so is foolproof.
Will we soon no longer be able to discern which videos are real and which are fake?
How medieval scientists grappled with the conflicting 'truths' of creationism and the eternity of the world.
We don’t automatically question information we read or hear.
Cognitive psychologists know the way our minds work means we not only don't notice errors and misinformation we know are wrong, we also then remember them as true.
Donald Trump posts a link to his very own ‘Real News Update’ on Facebook.
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The best defence against post-truth politics is not 'the truth'. Democracy should resist the political tyranny of claims to some immutable truth as a basis for governing the lives of others.
Perception of truth and lies changes between languages for bilingual speakers.
‘He said what?’
Dealing with a co-worker or manager who says demonstrably false things can be a challenge, particularly at holiday office parties. Here's a guide to handle a colleague in denial.
In Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro’s character, Travis Bickle, inhabits his own crazy paradigm, yet ultimately events frame him as a hero in the eyes of others too.
As Orwell knew only too well, if the concept of objective truth is moved into the dustbin of history there can be no lies. And if there are no lies there can be no justice, no rights and no wrongs.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the launch of Oculus Go virtual reality headset in October.
Will the arrival and popularity of Oculus Go and other VR systems make us think differently about alternative realities and so-called alternative facts?