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Jean-Charles Longuet

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Telling the truth: are there limits?

Two recent talks focused on "Truth" as something good/moral. Practically, however, some information may cause havoc: the Wikileaks diplomatic data disclosure, for example, coulad have put some people at risk.

How should we manage the decision to disclose (or not) such information? Or manage the moral dilemma when telling a lie may have a positive outcome?

[update 2012/11/25] The conversation initially mixed a few things : Truth is something that is not as obvious as it seems, and Lies are more related to a deceiving/manipulative intention that to the hiding of some Truth.

Anyway, all points of views are welcome.


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    Nov 12 2012: Sure there are. You would never tell a mother that her child was ugly. Although we admire those who are honest .. to be around someone who was super honest would drive most people away .. fast. Then there is always the problem of who's truth is it .. theirs, yours, etc ... My truth is that the perfect temp is 78 degrees while my wife will tell you honestly that the perfect temp is 72 degrees .. who lied

    I do not like lying but there are good intentions which should be considered. Bare boned truth could hurt.

    All the best. Bob.

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