It’s become common practice in the modern election cycle to dissect the words that emerge from candidate stump speeches or campaign dinners with an immediacy that rivals your the speed of your Internet broadband connection. But with distrust and skepticism rife in our society, it’s difficult to convince either side of the validity of other’s argument and vice versa. In other words, what can you do to sift out misinformation, bogus claims, and minutae in order to get the truth?
Skeptic magazine’s Michael Shermer offers a solution: use his Baloney Detection Meter.
In this next clip, Shermer spoke at the Cato Institute on reasons for why the truth matters, and offered explanations as to why we are prone to being honest, nice and just in our dealings with other people.