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Editorials Christmas 2016

Evidence, expertise, and facts in a “post-truth” society

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6467 (Published 09 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6467

What is Truth?

Precious and cherished but checkered, truth is like diamonds. Diamonds are multifaceted and excite us by reflecting light differently. Truth, likewise, is multifaceted and incites us by reflecting "right" differently. Dazzling but baffling, and mesmerizing but mystifying, truth and diamonds busy us with dizzying diversity and ardent adversity.

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 December 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA