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The Royal Society explains its motto (“On the word of no one” or “Take nobody’s word for it”) thus :

“It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.”

It is the reason why atheists reject the “authority” of religions’ holy books and their spokesmen.  And it is a timely reminder to take Trump and his tweets with a bucket of salt.