What makes it true law?

In 1897 a curious bill offering a "new mathematical truth" was presented to a state legislature. It claimed, in effect, that л (pi) is really 16/3 or roughly 9.23. On the first vote in the house it passed unanimously—although the senate postponed the bill indefinitely. (Pi, you'll remember, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or approximately 3.14.)

So-called material health laws are a little like that. They claim big falsities. Their arguments may be impressively complex. They get unanimous endorsement from the five physical senses. But does that make them true law?

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