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This Sydney Research Excellence Initiative examines fake news, alternative facts, lies, bullshit, and propaganda, with the aim to understand them, and to advise on how the truth might survive in this climate.

Perspectives from the Post Truth Initiative

In these quick-fire podcasts (around 7 minutes each), members of the Post-Truth Initiative at the University of Sydney each give a concise insight into their perspective on the Post-Truth Crisis.

Wrongful convictions can and do happen – it’s a sad fact of the Australian legal system. This panel looks at how evidence in legal proceedings can inadvertently support false conclusions if handled by non-experts (as is usually the case). Panel members are associate lecturer in psychology Celine van Golde, barrister and senior lecturer in law Miiko Kumar, both of the ‘Not Guilty’ project at the University of Sydney, and professional linguist Helen Fraser, of Forensic Phonetics Australia. They present real-life cases in which errors, by eyewitnesses, police, prosecutors, and other experts led to people spent years in jail following unfair trials. With reference to their ongoing research on human perception and memory they then ask: what can we do to prevent future miscarriages of justice?


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25 Event(s) Found

September 8, 2018 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

The Ethics of Truth

Veolia Lecture Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art

“… one’s own memory and consciousness are both intriguing black holes. Your memories can deceive you.” Sun Xun: Tales of Our…

August 22, 2018 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Truth decay: exploring the diminishing role of facts and analysis



There is increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts in both Australia and the United States. While this…

July 31, 2018 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Is storytelling bad for science?

A Sydney Ideas event for Innovation Week Innovation Week celebrates the ground breaking discoveries and transformative inventions from our academics…