Is it true that we are now truly post-truth?
And if we are, what influence do alternative facts in fact have on us compared to facty facts?
If it's true we are living in a post-truth world, what does that mean? What are the results beyond doom-splattered headlines and apoplectic op-eds?
Are we on a one-way, turbo-boosted, death-ride to heck because Donald Trump thinks Fox News is the best source of policy advice?
Maybe we are.
But then, what in the hell are we supposed to do about it? What do you do when chunks of the world are being run by people who literally deny things that are right in front of them because they don't like what they see?
How do you grapple with opponents so intellectually slippery they are basically frictionless? Well honestly, we don't know. But we know some people who might.
That's why for the next Wholesome Show, we’ve assembled some wildly clever and experienced people to help us make sense of world in which relying on the truth is a career-limiting move.
Who will we be chatting with?
- Anna-Maria Arabia - CEO of the Australian Academy of Science
- Katharine Murphy - political editor of The Guardian, Australia
- Profesor Joan Leach - Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (ANU)
- a bonus mystery guest*, who maybe (just maybe) has a Nobel prize...
Join us at the Wig and Pen on Thursday**, April 20 at 7:30 (tix available here)
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*we cannot yet confirm or deny this rumour
**yes, we’re playing on Thursday this month