Chapter 16

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I have a friend who judges the validity of everything that anyone says by the social status of the speaker. If Lou Reed walked into the store and said that the world was a cube, dammit the world was a cube. Obviously. Anyone could clearly see that it was.

People like this, and most people are like this to a greater or lesser extent, are kind of stupid. Whatever it is that determines social status, it certainly isn't competence or intelligence. Just look at what we call celebrities.