Crab on Truth

In a typical movie scene, one character might gainsay another person, and the person may respond, “what, are you calling me a liar?”

This exact question pre-supposes exactly two types of statements that may come out of human mouths:  truths and lies.  This is fucking childish.

There are three types of statements:

  1. Truth
  2. Lie
  3. Mistake/Error

i.e., a person can be dead wrong, but obviously feel like they are telling the truth (subjective truth, objective falsehood).

This is what is so broken about eyewitness testimony.  An eye witness may have  no reason to lie that they saw XYZ walk into the convenience story with a gun, but that doesn’t mean they were right.  Especially since study after study has shown how unreliable and fragile human memory and perception can be.1   (If you do not believe me, spend 15 minutes with your elderly parents.)

  1. This seems especially wrenching in crimes of consent, where one person hears the answer was YES, and the other person remembers/believes the answer was NO. []

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