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Error, Lies and Adventure: The Power of Lies

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Speaker(s): Hilary Lawson, Dr Parashkev Nachev, Dr Jaime Whyte
Chair: Joanna Kavenna

Recorded on 21 March 2013 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

We have seen a gradual erosion of belief in objective truth, but in a world without truth how are we to understand lies? This second event in the series debates the nature of lies and their importance. Are lies necessarily morally wrong, and what is the relationship between lies, power and individual identity?

This lecture is the second of a three-part series entitled Error, Lies and Adventure, the first talk 'Beyond Truth: Error and Adventure' will take place on 4 March.

Hilary Lawson is director of the Institute of Art and Ideas and the author of Closure.

Parashkev Nachev is senior clinical research associate at the Institute of Neurology, UCL, and honorary clinical lecturer at Imperial College London.

Jamie Whyte is a former Times columnist and Cambridge philosopher.

Joanna Kavenna is an Orange Award-winning novelist. She has written for the London Review of Books and the Observer.

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