What is Truth?

Truth (trooth) n., pl. truths 1.Conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality, or logic. 2. Fidelity to an original or standard 3. Reality; actuality 4. A statement proven to be or accepted as true. 5. Sincerity; integrity.

One usually thinks of truth in black and white terms like right or wrong, and truth or lie. It is rather surprising to see five different definitions of "truth" in Webster's dictionary. We'll study the truth in all those different lights. Light is closely connected to truth. Both "truth" and "light" act as illuminators that make the world around us easier to comprehend.

Capturing the essence of truth is like capturing the essence of light. In the picture above, the white light hits the prism and breaks into a concentrated extract of itself without losing its fundamental properties. You reach the truth about an issue by studying its fundamental properties. Click on the bottles of lightning in the picture to the right for a closer look at light and truth.

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Is the truth relative or is it absolute? Can there be two or more different truths depending on the set of circumstances? Is the truth just an overall part of an entire intricate pattern the each human brain weaves to its own satisfaction? Click on the picture of the siamese twins  to the left for a discussion on the relativity of truth.

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Information processing is also subject to the limitations of the human brain to comprehend and link the significance and importance of various facts and figures.

Click the brain on the right for more on truth and the human mind.

Truth and the Mind

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