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Who says?

Does it matter who says it?

Science says: “It doesn’t matter who said it. What matters is the evidence and the reasoning.”

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts

Richard Feynman

Thomas Hobbes said much the same:

Words are wise men’s counters, they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools, that value them by the authority of an Aristotle, a Cicero, or a Thomas, or any other doctor whatsoever, if but a man.

Thomas Hobbes – Leviathan

Roland Barthes argued that the text says what the reader reads:

To give a text an author is to impose a limit on that text… a text’s unity lies not in its origins but in its destination.

Roland Barthes – The Death of the Author

But lived experience and our hearts tell us that it matters a great deal who is speaking, and why.

And faith tells us that even our hearts can deceive us.

So what?

Listen carefully, and take care who you listen to.

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