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Author Topic: Lies and untruths


Alcuin
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Lies and untruths
on: February 28, 2019, 09:18

I was interested to read this on Quora...
https://www.quora.com/Are-there-differences-between-a-lie-and-an-untruth
...A lie is a deliberate false statement.
An untruth is an indeliberate false statement.
It is all about intent.

This is obvious but important. Some people do not seem clear about the difference. Sometimes there is too much haste to call people liars when they are telling what they believe to be the truth. That could be said of many things in life, from religious beliefs, young Earthers and anthropomorphic climate change deniers. It is not that these people are liars. They are intellectually dull. To fix a problem, it is vital to understand it correctly.

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