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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 26 2012: Months ago I watched a movie called 'The Invention of Lying'. It pushed me to think how would it be the world without lying about anything.
    I believe that lying is like yin and yang. Every bed thing carries something good inside and every good thing carries something bad inside. Depends on what is you aim to say it.
    If your purpose is help someone or make the situation better. I think lying would be very moral as well.

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