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[6] That this is so is indicated by our thinking of them as going with certain ages: we say that at such and such an age a man must have got intelligence and considerateness, which implies that they come by nature.

[Hence Intelligence is both a beginning and an end, for these things are both the starting-point and the subject matter of demonstration.]1

Consequently the unproved assertions and opinions of experienced and elderly people, or of prudent men,2 are as much deserving of attention as those which they support by proof; for experience has given them an eye for things, and so they see correctly.

1 This sentence seems irrelevant here. It might come in after 11.4.

2 This addition is auspicious: no one can become prudent merely by getting old ( Burnet).

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