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Thread: A World of Truth?

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    A World of Truth?

    Do you believe the world would be a better place if someone were to invent a perfect, infallible lie detector tomorrow? Assume that the government would have an essentially unlimited supply of them, they'd be availalbe to the public at the cost of a decent computer, and they'd be impossible to tamper with. Is a world without lies, for the most part, worth the loss of privacy?
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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edify_Always_In_All_Ways View Post
    Do you believe the world would be a better place if someone were to invent a perfect, infallible lie detector tomorrow? Assume that the government would have an essentially unlimited supply of them, they'd be availalbe to the public at the cost of a decent computer, and they'd be impossible to tamper with. Is a world without lies, for the most part, worth the loss of privacy?
    I voted no.

    I know this might be vague, and a bit naive, but I think lying has actually brought progress to this world.

    I cannot give specific examples, but this is just how I feel because if we had a world where people knew when others were lying, we would obviously have to be honest about everything.

    In a sense, it brings us a "step to close" to perfection, which I think will result in either chaos or life being meaningless.

    Its vague I know, but its hard to explain.


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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Lies are necessary to uphold the social fabric. As much as I want a more honest world, a more accountable world... human society could not survive perfect honesty.

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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edify_Always_In_All_Ways View Post
    Do you believe the world would be a better place if someone were to invent a perfect, infallible lie detector tomorrow? Assume that the government would have an essentially unlimited supply of them, they'd be availalbe to the public at the cost of a decent computer, and they'd be impossible to tamper with. Is a world without lies, for the most part, worth the loss of privacy?
    At first this would throw the entire world into angry chaos and if we can make it past the first year without annihilating each other out of feelings of betrayal and revenge...

    then yes this would make the world a better place

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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edify_Always_In_All_Ways View Post
    Do you believe the world would be a better place if someone were to invent a perfect, infallible lie detector tomorrow? Assume that the government would have an essentially unlimited supply of them, they'd be availalbe to the public at the cost of a decent computer, and they'd be impossible to tamper with. Is a world without lies, for the most part, worth the loss of privacy?
    That same person had better invent a way to prevent women from asking "does this make me look fat?"

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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edify_Always_In_All_Ways View Post
    Do you believe the world would be a better place if someone were to invent a perfect, infallible lie detector tomorrow? Assume that the government would have an essentially unlimited supply of them, they'd be availalbe to the public at the cost of a decent computer, and they'd be impossible to tamper with. Is a world without lies, for the most part, worth the loss of privacy?
    Try telling your boyfriend the whole truth. Bet you can't get past two days unless you just don't talk.

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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edify_Always_In_All_Ways View Post
    Do you believe the world would be a better place if someone were to invent a perfect, infallible lie detector tomorrow? Assume that the government would have an essentially unlimited supply of them, they'd be availalbe to the public at the cost of a decent computer, and they'd be impossible to tamper with. Is a world without lies, for the most part, worth the loss of privacy?
    I voted no. Besides politicians will just avoid directly answering any questions and use horse **** and paper coated terms.

    Senator is it true you support gay marriage? I believe in traditional marriage and that traditions are important to this country,My dog's name is Skippy, I have a purple heart,I just visited Germany the other day and do they have great beer and I support civil unions/domestic partnerships.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Lies are necessary to uphold the social fabric. As much as I want a more honest world, a more accountable world... human society could not survive perfect honesty.
    There would be a period of unrest as people adapted to all the hard truths they were suddenly inundated with. Millions of relationships would vaporize since a lot of people underestimate the sheer quantity of little white lies that are told in order to keep the peace.

    After this period of unrest, however, people would acclimate to the new reality of things and civilization would press on.

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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I voted no. Besides politicians will just avoid directly answering any questions and use horse **** and paper coated terms.

    Senator is it true you support gay marriage? I believe in traditional marriage and that traditions are important to this country,My dog's name is Skippy, I have a purple heart,I just visited Germany the other day and do they have great beer and I support civil unions/domestic partnerships.
    I see. So politicians are the world's only liars? What if we could ask those traveling to the US if they wished any harm to the country or if they'd ever been a member of Al-Qaeda?
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    Heh. Do you realize how many children I'd murder to be immortal and have an army of willing slaves?

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    Re: A World of Truth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edify_Always_In_All_Ways View Post
    I see. So politicians are the world's only liars? What if we could ask those traveling to the US if they wished any harm to the country or if they'd ever been a member of Al-Qaeda?
    That can already be done without any high tech gadgets. Just look at Israel for an example of how to do it. The US is too concerned about PC to do it right though.

    What do you think about employers using voice or writing analysis as an indicator of lying and other character issues pre and/or post employment?

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