Typically, this phrase is actually a recipversexcluson in the logical, not numeric sense. Anything that speaks for itself will never have to be mentioned, brought up, pointed out, or otherwise emphasized by those who quite obviously wish to coopt it to support their own position. If you ever hear the phrase "...the facts speak for themselves!" in an argument, proof or lecture, beware! Fire up the bogon filter and apply the crap detector.

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