This is a short essay about the relationship between philosophy and human gullibility in politics and other facets of life. The thrust of the essay is that the fact that people are making stuff up or using “alternative facts” is nothing new. Humans have always been gullible and credulous.
This is a book review of Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, by Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom
Around 300,000 years old
“The mass of Stein 2051 B, a white dwarf star located about 18 light-years from Earth, has been a subject of some controversy for over a century. Now, a group of astronomers has finally made a precise measurement of the star’s mass and settled a 100-year-old debate, using a cosmic phenomenon first predicted by Albert Einstein.”