“But Truth”

Appealing the truth and only the truth.


[LUCA] Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

[PATRICK] It’s the dang truth. Give me a fair forum and I can prove it. But a fair forum is not to be had. Not yet anyway. Please stay in touch. Every single one of us matters at this point. Social media will either kill us or redeem us. I’m not making bets.

[JUDY] This does not necessarily lead to ‘truth’ if there are too many contingent, unjustified assumptions.

[AUBREY] This phenomenon is neither ‘top-down’ nor ‘bottom-up’. It is true at all scales of all dimensions.

Objections and Replies

(Truth) Truth is—
Reply. There are many theories of truth. Whichever you prefer, you need to show your homework. Theories of truth won’t help you support your claims.

(Testimony) What I say is always true—
Reply. Then it’s not empirical science as we know it.

(Reality) Looks like I can build my own reality about climate change—
Reply. If humans cease to exist, the concept of climate ceases to exist.

(Self-sealing) What I say is the truth
Reply. That’s not for you to say.

(Middle) The truth must lie in the middle


{Justification} Saying that something is true seldom justifies it. Our belief increases in plausibility with justifications, which involve evidence.

{See also} #ButTruth can connote #ButDebateMe.