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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 17 2012: "Truth", "lie", "reality", "space", "time", "existence", "nothing", "infinity", "matter", "energy", "self", "value", "harm"....

    Is there a concept that does not loose all meaning when we desperately try to grasp it with our mind? These concepts are like the wind. We can feel them, we can use them, but we cannot grasp them.

    Oh, I forgot "meaning". "Meaning" should start this list. What does it mean "to make sense"? It's a Zen question :-).

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