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truthful by coinciding with reality


veridical = den Tatsachen entsprechend; nicht illusorisch; real; tatsächlich; echt



“Parapsychologists point to a number of rare but astounding cases known as ‘VERIDICAL’ near-death experiences, in which patients seem to report details from the operating room that they might have known only if they had conscious awareness during the time that they were clinically dead.”

Alex Blasdel — The Guardian (2nd April 2024)

"It is not uncommon for people to retain a memory of an event even after they come to believe it never happened; for example, many people remember seeing Santa Claus coming down the chimney as a child, but as an adult no longer believe that to be a VERIDICAL experience."

David Keisuke Sewell — National Library of Medicine (20th January 2023)

Did you


- showing what is true or real

- corresponding to facts; not illusory; real; actual; genuine

Cambridge Dictionary, Dictionary(dot)com


The word ”veridical” has an interesting etymology rooted in the Latin word veridicus, which is composed of two parts: verus meaning ”true” and dicere meaning ”to speak” or ”to say”. So literally, ”veridical” means ”speaking truth” or ”truth-telling”.

The word entered the English language around the 1650s, very likely based on the French word véridique.

“Veridical” is related to several other words in English that share the same Latin roots: “verify” (to prove true), “verdict” (literally true-saying), “verily” (meaning truthfully), and “veracious” (truthful).

In modern usage, ”veridical” typically means ”truthful” or ”corresponding to facts”. In psychology and philosophy, it's often used to describe perceptions or experiences that accurately represent reality.


Discerning fact from fiction has become increasingly challenging because of:

- Biased Research & Reporting, in times of "political correctness", many news channels—even science and academia—have become unreliable sources of veridical information.

- Fake News, facilitated by social media, partisan outlets, and bad actors.

- Deepfakes & Advanced Digital Manipulation, technological advancements in artificial intelligence and digital editing have made it increasingly difficult to distinguish between real and manipulated content. Deepfakes can create highly realistic videos and audio recordings that convincingly mimic real people, spreading misinformation and creating false narratives.

- Cognitive Biases, such as confirmation bias, lead us to favour information that confirms our existing beliefs, while dismissing contradictory evidence.

- False Memories, where our brains create or alter recollections of past events.

Our own approach involves following a few “trusted” channels and cross-referencing multiple sources,… and above all staying agnostic, there’s always a possibility (however slight) of new evidence upsetting established “facts”!

How do you keep up-to-date and stay grounded?

Helga & Paul Smith   paul(at)owad(dot)de


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“The information presented in the report was VERIDICAL and reliable.”

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