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CONTENT FOR ISSUE 225
EDITORIAL: INTO THE DARKNESS / Gary BauslaughDoes Institutionalized lying desensitise us to the rampant dishonesty that characterizes our political world today??
Empowering Yourself Against Misinformation, Disinformation, and Conspiracy Theories / Dr. Christopher DiCarloThere has never been a time in history when we have seen such a proliferation of false information in the form of misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories. But why? And why now? And why so much?
Golf as Spiritual Ordeal / Ian JohnstonGolf, is it about relaxation? You may change our mind after reading Ian Johnston’s article.
Happy Girl: The Latimer Dialogues 4 / Gary BauslaughThe summations following are addressed to the jury – the audience. The lights come on the audience to denote their presence. Light comes on Brayford. Both Brayford and Neufeld read from notes.
Democracy, Truth and the New Conspiracists / Janet KeepingIs truth central to democracy? Janet Keeping explains why the two cannot be separated, and how anti-democratic forces are threatening this interdependence by spreading lies.
Lying and Common Sense / Dale BeyersteinIs lying always wrong? A consequentialist argues that Kant’s prohibition against lying must at times be set aside when the consequences of the truth are too dire.
Down a Blind Alley with the Freedom Convoy / Ben D'AndreaThe breath-taking inanity of the “Freedom Convoy” and the anti-vax movement is exposed in this piercing article by Ben D’Andrea. Are there no limits to this madness, based on misinformation and lies about unlimited freedom?
Truth and Lie in the Post-Truth World / Glen T MartinNietzsche’s lifelong thought predicted that this endless relativism would dawn upon the world of the future. He declared that humanity would end up in “nihilism,” a condition in which there was no truth, no values, no meaning—nothingness.
Truth and Lies / Timothy BrownlowThe flaw in Enlightenment thought was to erect an intellectual hierarchy that could explain many phenomena, but which found itself inadequate to comprehend the realm of the traditional, the sacred, the intuitive, and the knowledge which is for ever just out of our grasp, like Tantalus’s.
A Post-Truth World? / Trudy Govier“How do we know?” is a perennial epistemological question. The answer is becoming more difficult with the advent of social media which helps to create misinformation, disinformation and epistemic bubbles and echo chambers.
BOOK REVIEW: Sarah Bakewell's HUMANLY POSSIBLE: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking and Hope / Joan GivnerReviewing a new study of humanist thought and humanist lives from the 14th to the 20th centuries, in a book which appeals equally to those familiar with the historical context and those seeking an introduction, Joan Givner makes a case for its embodiment of the traditional humanist values of humour,...