Tag Archive for truth

Facts may no longer matter in this election but fact-checking and skeptical activism works

It’s the day after the big debate and media outlets like Politifact, Factcheck.org, AP, and NPR have their fact-checking (FC) machines churning at full speed since 9PM last evening. As a Skeptic who values solid evidence and empirical facts, I deeply appreciate FC but I strongly suspect that facts and examinations of truthfulness and accuracy…

The main problem with confession – it could be completely manufactured

Think memory is like a videotape? Wrongity wrong wrong. It can be rather easily manipulated and is reconstructed without our awareness every day. Of special interest to criminal confession cases, it’s not really too hard to convince someone that they committed a crime. People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened –…

The truth that lies behind the eyes

The Eyes Don’t Have It: New Research Into Lying and Eye Movements Proponents of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) have long claimed that it is possible to tell whether a person is lying from their eye movements. Research published July 11 in the journal PLoS ONE reveals that this claim is unfounded, with the authors calling on…

News disclaimer: It’s not journalism, it’s theater

A popular episode of This American Life radio show about factory conditions at the Apple manufacturer Foxconn in China has been retracted. The story raises signficant questions regarding the ethics of journalism and the importance of the message over the facts. This American Life Retracts Mike Daisey’s Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications” “We’ve learned…