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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 13 2012: and the TV show " Lie to me " tells us that even a lie is telling a truth. you cant fake triggers and tells. if youreyes go up and to the left then you smerk then answer its a lie
    • Nov 13 2012: Main character is the professional of micro reactions observing, so not every one can do it.
      So what if i lie for your sake?

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