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What is truth?

This question stemmed from a discussion on the subjectivity with religious doctrines in religion. How do we know what 'truth' is? Is truth true because an individual believes it, is it relative or definite? This question can be extended past religion to let's say, academia, politics, law and morality.


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  • Nov 8 2012: It is something that doesn't always apply, but when it does it matters. In some of these cases it isn't of much consequence, but often it is vital to our sense of honesty and/or justice. Time and location can be a factor in what is true. Also the description of the truth can be incomplete and therefore shy of important details necessary to answer all relevant questions about what is claimed.

    For my sense of sanity I need the truth to be definite and is most comfortable when tied to physical reality. Obviously the truth has application beyond this limitation, which can be just as exacting such as the rules of a game.

    The truth can be subject to perception. It is this situation that makes TED so engaging or perhaps at times enraging. This is when the more subjective explanations and creative thought and skills can come into play. Even though I might be able to agree truth is subject to perception that does not imply the truth is not confined to what it is by definition. For example a color blind person may not see a green light as green, but that doesn't mean it isn't green.

    Anyway, for me the truth deserves and demands to be definite and why it is central to making us more accountable and better human beings.

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