Post-Truth Initiative | The University of Sydney
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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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October 25, 2018 10:00 am-11:30 am

Re-thinking nutrition advice: Where to look for biases in nutrition research

Room 200

Current nutrition epidemiologic research is largely based on the dependence of WEIRD (White, European, Industrialized, Rich and Developed) populations. This…



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October 11, 2018 10:00 am-11:30 am

Trust and Transparency in Nutrition Science: From Clinical to Meta-Research


Room 200

Morning tea provided, please RSVP here Public trust in science depends on both real and perceived threats to the rigor…

October 10, 2018 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Fighting Truth Decay: How to navigate health in a post-truth world

Sydney Ideas

Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium

Co-presented by Sydney Ideas and the Charles Perkins Centre On the eve of World Obesity Day, join us to unravel…

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…