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"Life in the post-truth age," The Telegram, Pam Frampton, November 19, 2016. Oxford Dictionaries announced its word of the year for 2016 this week and it wasn't "enlightened," "optimistic" or "visionary." Nope, the Associated Press has reported from
[Above: "‘Post-truth’ named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries," FOX8, November 16, 2016]
London that this year's honour goes to "post-truth," as in "post-truth politics" — a place where fact holds little currency and much more trade is done in lies and embellishment. And, at least some of the time, we know the difference and don't seem to care. ... The Internet is a perfect incubator for post-truth proliferation. In this cut-and-paste online world, lies and myths can propagate easily, both innocently and with intent. ... For editors who spend a lot of time checking facts, it’s getting tougher to distinguish legitimate sources from spin sites. And what is one of this Pam Frampton's prime examples of "post-truth ... where fact holds little currency and much more trade is done in lies and embellishment" where "we know the difference and don't seem to care," where on "The Internet ... lies and myths can propagate easily ... with intent"? Wait for it ...
Pam, Your: "A blog asserting the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has 616,999 page views, even though that piece of cloth has been proven to be a forgery," is presumably referring to my "The Shroud of Turin" blog. If so, then I assure you that one thing I am not is "post-truth"! I am very much pro-truth, i.e. objective truth-truth that is true irrespective of whether it is believed or not. In fact the EVIDENCE is overwhelming that the Turin Shroud is authentic, as I document on my blog, including the immense problems of the forgery theory. Even the Director of the Oxford radiocarbon dating laboratory, Professor Christopher Ramsey, who was part of Oxford laboratory's dating of the Shroud in 1988 and is a signatory to the 1989 Nature paper which claimed that the Shroud was "mediaeval ... AD 1260-1390" has admitted: "There is a lot of other evidence that suggests to many that the Shroud is older than the radiocarbon dates allow ..." Radiocarbon dating is far from absolute and archeologists routinely reject carbon-dates that disagree with other archeological and historical evidence. And in fact there is evidence, which I present on my blog, that the fully computerised AMS radiocarbon dating of the Shroud was the result of a computer hacking! There is an old saying that truth can be stranger than fiction, and that certainly applies to the Turin Shroud! Stephen E. JonesHowever, my comment which was published (indeed the above was copy-and-pasted directly from the article's web page), along with 9 other comments (which were not about the Shroud), has now disappeared, and the foot of the web page now falsely says "0 Comment(s)".
It seems that Ms Frampton, "an editor and columnist at The Telegram," is into "post-truth" herself! She certainly is one editor "who [does NOT] spend a lot of time checking facts" on this issue at least, but evidently merely parrots what "The Internet ... a perfect incubator for post-truth proliferation" tells her about the Shroud!
Posted: 6 December 2016. Updated: 19 January 2017.