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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Lies, Whole Lies, and Nothing But Lies

The Great Communicator posts about a Grauniad article saying we all tell 200 lies a day, on average. She reckons that can't be true, at least in her case. Well, as I commented to her:
We all tell AT LEAST 200 lies a day if you count that little voice in your head. You know the one - the one that just said "What little voice? I don't have a little voice in my head."

We all think and say things that stem from our interpretation of reality. Our INTERPRETATION of reality bears as much relation to ACTUAL reality as my arse does to a hole in the ground. We can't help it. We give things meaning, when in reality there is no such thing as meaning.

Thus whenever we say anything, or just think anything, we're lying.

Sorry about that.
Let me qualify that. It's perhaps more accurate to say that what we say and think is not necessarily a lie - it's just one of an infinite number of possible interpretations of reality that have an equal likelihood of being the truth (and each therefore has an infinitessimal likelihood).

When you get down to it, since we can never know what is the truth, we can never identify (with certainty) a lie. Does this get us off the hook? You bet your sweet bippy.

I'll just go and take the weight off my cerebrum now.

posted by Plig | 17:22 |

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