Sydney Ideas - Truth, Evidence, and Reason: who can we believe?

20 November 2017


A Sydney Ideas and Post-Truth Initiative forum

This panel discussion will dissect the current state of public discourse around truth, evidence, and reason, and associated questions including trust, faith, and identity.

Our international panellists are at the forefront of current debate on rational discourse and the post-truth crisis. In this Sydney Ideas event, hosted by the Post-Truth Initiative at the University of Sydney, panellists will discuss their answers to the question “who can we believe?”

Each, in their own ways, will show how truth is intertwined with complex questions ranging from knowledge to authority to reality.


  • Sarah Haider is an American writer, speaker, and activist. In 2013, she co-founded Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA)
  • Tom Nichols is Professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College, and author of the recent book The Death of Expertise: The campaign against established knowledge and why it matters (2017)
  • James A Lindsay is an American thinker, not a philosopher, with a doctorate in math and background in physics. He is the author of four books, most recently Life in Light of Death (2016)

  • Dr Caroline West is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney


  • Professor Nick Enfield is Professor of Linguistics, head of the Post Truth Initiative, and Director of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre, at the University of Sydney

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Event details

Sydney Ideas - Truth, Evidence, and Reason: who can we believe?

Where Auditorium
Charles Perkins Centre
Camperdown, NSW 2006
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20 November 2017

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