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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 27 2012: We lie and tell our perception of the truth simply because WE CAN. We also have the choice of not speaking at all, therefore becoming an observer.... the exercise of truth versus fiction is a rudimental program that runs in aide to the evolution of Human intelligence. It is biology at an infant state searching to survive in an infinite Universe. .....

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