We live in a ‘post-truth’ age, we’re told. The US has a president who openly lies on a daily basis (or who doesn’t even know what’s true, and doesn’t care). The Internet has turned our everyday lives into a misinformation battleground. People don’t trust experts any more. But was there ever really a golden age of truth-telling? As the editor of the UK’s leading independent fact-checker, Tom Phillips deals with complete bollocks every day. Here, he tells the story of how we humans have spent history lying to each other – and ourselves – and asks an important question: how can humanity move towards a truthier future?