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Should I tell my wife that I know her family's dark secret?

Sorry for the gothic novel vibe this seems to give off, but it is what it is. There's some unpleasantness in my wife's family's past that I know still troubles her, and that she's never told me about. I know what this secret is, but she doesn't know that I know. Would telling her lift a burden from her, or just stir up trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 - 46 answers

Trying to locate/confirm David Foster Wallace quote about life/honesty

Something about the importance or value of living honestly/doing something good while never being rewarded for your actions or even recognized for them. [more inside]
posted by fartknocker on Feb 10, 2013 - 8 answers

If you can't say anything nice, say it anyway?

Help me suss out the pros and cons of truth vs tact, honesty vs politeness. [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Dec 13, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me tell daughter Santa Claus truth

Help me tell 8 year old the truth about Santa [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Sep 30, 2012 - 33 answers

How much would you want to know?

While the rumor is untrue, it touches something I never told anyone- should I spill the beans? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 - 27 answers

"Science is fundamentally flawed"

Do Godel's theorems refute all of science and logic? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 4, 2012 - 30 answers

A lie that speaks the truth

On balance if you were to take all the rumors that are published in blogs, newspapers, etc. about business news, celebrity happenings, etc. would the trend be that more rumors end up being true or false? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Feb 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Do broadcasters *have* to tell the truth in the US?

Where is a definitive source (& BTW Mefi post) for the widely held belief that recently the US Supreme Court ruled that a news organisation does NOT have an obligation to tell the truth? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Feb 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Should I just drink more?

Is it reasonable that I want my husband's family to know about his unemployment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 - 18 answers

The World is Round, You Idiot

I'm wondering what research has found, in general, about the relationship anger, partisanship, and truth. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Dec 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Should I tell my boyfriend that we're friends with a long-ago ex?

Should I tell my boyfriend that we're friends with a long-ago ex? My social circle includes a guy that I dated 10 years ago for less than a year. He is now married to someone else, and there's no lingering unresolved business between us. He and his wife are part of my main group of friends, but as they are kind of busy, I don't see an awful lot of them, maybe once a month. Of course my current boyfriend (of 1 year) is always invited and often comes when this group hangs out [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 - 29 answers

Ma'am, there are needles in my burger. What is this?!

"You are being lied to" exposes? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Oct 7, 2010 - 19 answers

"Say nothing that is not entirely true"

I have a dim memory of a comment by the authors of a science textbook, stating that they had attempted to avoid making any statements that were not entirely true, and describing how difficult this had been. My attempts to find the quotation with Google, the Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, and Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations have all failed. It was probably an undergraduate textbook in physics, chemistry or biology.
posted by James Scott-Brown on Sep 6, 2010 - 2 answers

I have to rethink everything, now.

I just read Sex at Dawn. It's a book that, as I understand it, questions an assumption that has held sway for most of recorded history. What other books or ideas question assumptions that span millennia? I'm looking for more well-argued cases that rock my reality and cause me to question and recontextualize, well, everything.
posted by zeek321 on Aug 5, 2010 - 39 answers

Talking to relatives of the boy who cried wolf

NeighborFilter: Kid in distress, probably made the wrong call. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 - 40 answers

If it takes two pens to draw a pattern, which one's out of kilter?

My boyfriend feels he can't trust me. I want him to, and I want to make things work, but we need to break this pattern. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 26 answers

The Theory of Knowledge over Time

Is there a theory or law (formal or otherwise) that postulates that given enough time, "truth" or "knowledge" is more likely to be understood? [more inside]
posted by verevi on May 6, 2010 - 8 answers

I have a people problem. I have no idea what it is.

I have a people problem. I have no idea what it is. A lot more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2009 - 147 answers

Wikipedia Reliability Meter

I'd like to put together a Wikipedia Accuracy Meter - Perhaps a browser plug-in or a web page that attempts to give an estimate of the reliability of any given article at any given moment. Please come in for discussion of algorithm and technical hoo-ha to help me assess if this is a weekend project or a master's thesis.... [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Apr 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Alternatives to the mainstream scientific method that have generated real, practical output.

Alternatives to the mainstream scientific method that have generated real, practical output. [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 17, 2009 - 27 answers

How can I appear truthful when stressed out?

How do you tell if someone is lying or telling the truth? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2008 - 38 answers

Short & Sweet Truth About Obama?

On behalf of my parents, where is a source that they can use to look up short and sweet responses to counter to the attacks on Obama leveled by their Republican neighbors? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 4, 2008 - 20 answers

Who the heck's my pop?

How can I determine, with access to limited biological data, if my father is not who I thought he was? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Funes the Memorious

What happened to Calpurnia after Julius Caeser's death? [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Jun 28, 2008 - 10 answers

The Truth is in Here

I need a name for my X-files themed blog. [more inside]
posted by Secretariat on Apr 20, 2008 - 33 answers

Help me identify a book about honesty.

Help me identify a book about honesty [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Feb 3, 2008 - 1 answer

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

Where's the truth?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is only seeking "peaceful nuclear activities"; Presidential Candidates contend Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Which is right? I can't trust sources from my own country (U.S.) What does a more objective (is there such a thing?) view say?
posted by pelican on Oct 30, 2007 - 25 answers

wanted: source and wording of a quote. warm fuzzy feelings of helping someone as reward.

wanted: help with the source of and exact wording for a quote. [more inside]
posted by ancamp on Oct 28, 2007 - 3 answers

Quotes that offer insight?

What single quote is the best introduction (or accurately encapsulates) a philosophy, belief or conviction that you hold? Or alternately, a quote that describes something in a way that gives you a deeper understanding of a particular perspective that you may or may not endorse. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Sep 26, 2007 - 95 answers

Is it ok to keep posing as a virgin?

Was I "technically" raped? More importantly do I need to tell my girlfriend that I'm not a virgin? [more inside]
posted by SeparatetheLabelD on Jul 9, 2007 - 48 answers

Seasons change, but people don't??

How can a compulsive liar change their ways? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Apr 29, 2007 - 8 answers

Should I tell my girlfriend I've had gay sex before?

Should I tell my long-term girlfriend (I'm male) that I have had sex with men in the past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2007 - 65 answers

Santa or no Santa?

I am struggling with my son and the truth about Santa. Unwrap the box, there's [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Oct 28, 2006 - 45 answers

You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!

When I came to I was tied to a chair in the dark basement of what appeared to be a farm house. Across the table was Herr Doktor with a menacing look behind his small circular glasses. He was filling a syringe when he said "Von dose of zee Sodium Pentothal and ve vill know zee truth!" "Sodium Pentothal?" I thought to myself, what the hell is that? How does it work and I'm pretty sure there is gonna be [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy on Aug 24, 2006 - 13 answers

I learned it in History; so it must be history!

What are some things that are taught as History in a college/higher learning setting (as a piece of, or as the whole) that aren't fully supported by facts (such as documents, carbon dating, etc)? [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Aug 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Is there any medical or psychological basis for the idea that alcohol acts as a kind of truth serum?

In vino veritas: is there any medical or psychological basis for the idea that alcohol acts as a kind of truth serum?
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Aug 5, 2006 - 11 answers

Should I tell my mortgage broker I just lost my job?

Yesterday I got fired from a job I hate, but I'm in the middle of applying for a mortgage and I'm worried this will jeopardize my chances of getting approved. I need to know what I should tell the mortgage broker, if anything, about this whole situation. [more inside]
posted by elisabeth r on Mar 31, 2006 - 11 answers

Could I Get Sued for Talking?

So I've just walked away from a job I'd held for four years where they cheated me out of my earned commissions and now I'm left wondering what sort of danger I would be exposing myself to if I blogged the company and the people involved? I.e. naming names. [more inside]
posted by fenriq on Feb 10, 2006 - 35 answers

Objective Truth.

For some reason I have become incredibly irritated with bad rhetoric. I'm talking about the obvious stuff, like lies told by politicians, but I've also become incredibly frustrated with half-truths and distortions told by groups whose causes I espouse. It's not that I want to be told what to think, I just want to not have to constantly churn through the layers of deception to get answers to even the most basic questions about empirical reality. I wish there was a special newsletter I could subscribe to, written by someone who was generous and smart and at least attempting to fairly describe the problems and solutions. So, do you have any go-to publications that at least attempt objectivity, without obvious corporate/radical/religious/middle-earthian bias? [disclaimer: let's not bring up postmodernism] [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 2, 2005 - 24 answers

How old were you when you figured out the bad news about Santa?

How old were you when you figured out the bad news about Santa? How did you find out? I ask because my 6 yr. old son still believes. Fervently. And sooner or later, I'm gonna have to answer some tough questions. [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Sep 14, 2004 - 46 answers

Quiz examples - reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda, fact from fiction

"The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda." (See link from here.) What are some examples of leading-edge science and/or technology that might illustrate the truth of this statement? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by ajr on Dec 12, 2003 - 3 answers

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