Monday, 9 January 2017

January meeting: Saturday 21 January 2017

Post-truth and fact-free zones

People are truth seekers. At least, some of us like to think we are. But what is our relationship to truth? Might it be more complicated than we admit?

  • Do we select facts to suit what we have already decided?
  • Do we resist evidence that is contrary to our instincts and feelings?
  • If we are exposed to factual data contradicting our opinions, are we more likely to become even more entrenched in our mistaken view?

Cognitive scientists suggest a quick answer to all those is yes. And it’s not just a characteristic other people have. Chances are, you do it too.

So where does that leave our pursuit of truth? Much of the current debate centres on political opinion and global affairs. Can we tease out what significance it has for religious journeys and exploration?

In our next meeting Peter White will lead a discussion on truth and post-truth, aided by extracts from a thought-provoking Radio 4 programme, Nothing but the truth. Listen to it in advance, or just come along to enjoy a self-contained introduction to the whacky world of post-truth thinking.

True or false—post-truth was Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year? Come and find out. 

Everyone welcome - existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.
The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 21 January 2017 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00. 

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £4 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

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