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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?
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[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 14 2012: Honesty is the best policy.

    All policies must be applied on a case by case basis.
    There are values of more importance than honesty.
    Speak the truth or the lie, whichever will cause the less harm.
    Every lie causes some harm to the liar.
    When in doubt, be honest.
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      Nov 17 2012: Re: "When in doubt, be honest."

      It's just easier this way - fewer things to remember and worry about.

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