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Provider of Facts

Arbiter of Truth

Publisher of The Way Things Are

Since 1987


Western Research Institute, Inc, (WRI) is a non-profit Idaho corporation serving the general public, private clients, the press and government.  The main purpose for which WRI was founded was and still is investigations and reporting.  The Institute  is an independent non-partisan reporter of facts. It has no agenda except freedom of information and holding public officials and others accountable for what they say for public consumption.

Its main mission remains serving the public and the press with information that would otherwise not see the light of day.  Only a tiny fraction of the events in this country and around the world are ever reported on.  Very little of what goes on in the myriad of government agencies in this country ever reaches the public eye. 

Western Research was incorporated in January of 1987 and has been in continuous existence since then.  This can be verified by clicking on the business entities section of the Idaho Secretary of StateRead more.




The Truth About Truth





...truth is not truth.  Truth is only what people want to believe and nothing more - Leon Uris in Mila 18

Over the past number of years Western Research has conducted an informal poll about how people view the nature of truth and what makes a thing or statement true.  It has received more than 200 responses. Results of the poll indicate that less than 10 percent of adults can articulate a valid answer.  A substantial percentage of adults confuse truth with perception or actually have the wrong concept of what truth is.  Many think truth is what the bible says.  One woman's response to the poll was that truth was what George Bush says.  According to the poll  50 percent of adults believe that truth is relative, that truth depends on perception and is different for different people.

Down through the ages, there have been many theories on the nature of truth.  Most classic and current philosophers (university professors)  hold that truth is objective and does not depend on each individual's perception.  This is called the correspondence theory of truth.   Read more




Here are some 100 responses to the question "What is truth?" and "What makes a thing or statement true?"


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Truth has always perplexed me. When I discuss this with people, they always have their own version. I am honestly unclear about what truth is. Perhaps I'm just not deep enough.


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Truth is something that can be proven empirically, not a matter of opinion to be taken on faith.


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Truth is sometimes different for different people.  If a person believes he is telling the truth, then he is.  But it may not be truth as defined by the listener.  "To thine own self be true.  And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

See more responses to poll







In addition to minor reports, Western Research is involved in a number of current projects.  These include three books in The Way Things Are series which are listed below.  All are scheduled for publication in 2018.  One is a landmark study on the nature of truth.  It is a multifaceted research project with three phases. The first phase involves a compilation of a preliminary report entitled Does Truth Matter Anymore, which is being published as an ebook and in a print edition. Both editions will be available at a hefty price tag. 

The second phase involves conducting a national poll on how people view the philosophical concept of truth, or truth per se.   This consists of people being requested to fill out a survey form involving a number of questions relating to the nature of truth and integrity.  The project involves categorizing individual beliefs regarding honesty, honor, citizenship, morality, integrity and notions of truth.  The end object is to determine the forces that shape these beliefs and how these beliefs affect people's actions. 

As an incentive to filling out this survey form. respondents to the poll will be offered immediate free access to the online edition of Does Truth Matter Anymore.  The book is labeled a preliminary edition because it is being published before the poll is being conducted.

The third phase of the project will take place after completion of the poll.  It involves compiling the results of the survey which will be published in a second edition of Does Truth Matter Anymore, along with an analysis of responses to survey questions plus the results of substantial additional material on the many works involving various aspects of truth and the multifaceted forms of deception.







To look inside or to purchase, go to https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Precepts-Dialogue


  "Dialogue can at times be truly magical, dissolving the boundaries between us and the world and opening up wellsprings of realization and resonant power. In those rare, deeply healing moments of dialogue in its most ideal form, we may experience the wholeness of who we are.." So says Tom Atlee who authors the Co-Intelligence Institute at www.cointelligence.org. 

  We define dialogue as constructive discourse between two or more people about a specific subject. By constructive discourse, we mean discourse that is meaningful to the parties involved and that produces greater understanding of the subject under discussion. Ultimately this means a greater understanding of truth and the way things are in reality, which includes solutions of problems and coming to terms or agreement between the parties involved. The Ten Precepts of Dialogue are rules which when followed produce the above results. The Ten Precepts of Dialogue are the communicator's "Bill of Rights" so to speak, which encompass our ground rules for meaningful communication..  






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Charles Hoppins


Jerry Fenning

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Western Research Institute (WRI) is a publisher of the way things are.  It not only publishes news and reports that reflect the way things are, it publishes books in a series entitled The Way Things Are. The first philosophy book published by WRI was entitled Basic Precepts of Realty and Common Sense.  It was published in 1998 and became the first book in The Way Things Are series.


In the ensuing years, WRI launched a study of the current status of development of certain elements of philosophy and related subjects mainly in the United States, but also in other countries around the world.  As part of this research, polls were conducted with the general public and certain professional groups.

The second book in the series was published on line in 2010.  It is entitled Ten Precepts of Dialogue (see above).   It provides guidelines for compiling Book Three, Reconciling Disparate Philosophical Systems.  The print edition of Book Two was published in 2016.

The main purpose, and to which the scope of Book Two is limited, is to establish a process and provide the means to facilitate dialogue and reconcile disparate positions so that knowledge could be advanced, a greater understanding could be achieved of philosophical questions being debated, greater civility in public discourse could attain, and that peace and harmony could prevail.


We are currently working on the compilation of the Second Edition of Book Two and the First Editions of Book Four and Book Eight.  A list of books in the series is at WTA.


There are principles, rules and procedures for determining the truth of any matter that is determinable.  These principles, rules and procedures are an integral part of traditional philosophy. They are particularly stressed in Book Four and touched on in other books in the series.






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The First Edition of the Ten Precepts of Dialogue was pretty much an outline.  It is unlikely that any one person will have total knowledge of even a narrow aspect of any one discipline.  It is therefore the object of WRI to seek contributions by multiple authors to expand on the Second Edition of the Ten Precepts of Dialogue.  This applies to all the books in The Way Things Are series. 

Most of the chapters of the First Edition will be retained in the Second Edition, but their order will vary.  For example, the explanations on the use of the ten precepts will be placed at the beginning of the book and less emphases will be placed on philosophy.   Some of the elements of philosophy in the First Edition will be relegated to Book Four and left out of Book Two.  Substantial new material will be added in the Second Edition.   There will be less emphasis on the definition of truth which has been relegated to Book Eight, Does Truth Matter Anymore, and which has been put on fast track since the election of Donald Trump as president..

To this end a separate web site will be set up for the Second Edition along the lines of the web site for the First Edition.  The web site of the First Edition is at book02

The Ten Precepts of Dialogue is Book Two in The Way Things Are series.  The series consist of a number of books on philosophy.  To learn more about the series and the list of books in the series go to WTA.







In today's world, not many people are interested in philosophy.  This is evidenced by the fact that the number of students graduating with a major in philosophy is relatively small.  In today's world the emphasis is on technology and making money.  It didn't use to be that way. Before 1900 those of our ancestors who were educated persons had a greater interest in philosophy.  But  philosophy then had a different track record than it has today.


In the early decades of the 20th Century, philosophy took a turn from tradition.  In the previous centuries philosophy was taught as a discipline which established principles upon which all other disciplines were based.  In today's world, much of philosophy is grounded on the dictum that there is nothing in philosophy about which one can be certain and the role of the philosopher is reduced to one of speculation. 


There is much in philosophy about which one can be certain.  And this book demonstrates that.









Everybody talks about the truth, about what is true and not true. Yet hardly anybody can articulate what truth is. Outside of philosophers, hardly anybody bothers with consciously questioning what truth is. Knowing what truth is and what makes a thing true is important. Those who don't really understand what truth is are more at risk of being deceived than those who do understand what truth is.


Many Americans are confused about what truth is and what makes a thing or statement true. That is they are not consciously aware of what constitutes truth. Results of informal polls indicate that more than 90 percent of adults cannot articulate a valid answer. A substantial percentage of adults confuse truth with perception or actually have the wrong concept of what truth is.


As stated above, compilation and publication of Does Truth Matter Anymore? is the first phase of a multifaceted research project involving a national survey of American adults on their notions of truth and integrity. 








Much of the information we are daily confronted with is false.  There are many pundits, bloggers, politicians, columnists, institutions, and news organizations that seek to present things the way they are regardless of consequences..  These people and organizations have integrity. 

 On the other hand there are many pundits, bloggers, columnists, institutions and some politicians and news organization that promulgate false information, misrepresent things, use polarizing language and seek to confuse people about the facts of any given matter.  These people and organizations do not have integrity.

It is one of the missions of Western Research Institute to identify and publish which is which.  Rules for Public Discourse is one of the means used to accomplish this.  Information about this project and about the book is at RFPD.

The Rules for Public Discourse are listed on this Web site at Rules.  These rules can hold lawmakers, candidates for public office and others accountable for what they say.  They can reign in the rhetoric and expose dishonesty in what members of Congress and candidates for public office say for public consumption.




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...The staff at Western Research Institute

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