When that blonde bimbo from the Drumpf organization coined the phrase "alternative facts" her comment may reveal just how vulnerable we are to a way of thinking that could set us back centuries: “Conway’s statement was not based on a scientific perspective ......, but rather on a much older tradition of deciding what is true: the argument from authority.”
That's right folks, there was a time when alternative facts were the norm, and it was only through the progress made in scientific circles and the rise of democracy that we slowly started to rely on a "fact" based reality!
Of course democracy didn't cure all our ills, as witnessed by the Drumpf Presidency ......., and it hasn't done much to dissuade the creationists and conspiracy theorists and religious nuts like radical Islamist's, but thank God [sic] it has seriously lessened the proliferation of these cock-eyed ideas!
The only cure I can see for all this is the spread of pure unvarnished truth in place of all that bullshit being foisted on us, and the only way to do that is through education! (Not indoctrination folks, education!)