Wilkins, John, A discovery of a new world : or a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another Habitable World in the Moon ; with a discourse concerning the Probability of a Passage thither; unto which is added, a discourse concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that 'tis probable our earth is one of the Planets

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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3874" xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3875" xml:space="preserve">That places muſt be as far diſtant in
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            ſcituation, as in uſe :</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3877" xml:space="preserve">Which becauſe they are taken for gran-
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            ted, without any proof, and are in them-
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            ſelves but weak and doubtſul: </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3878" xml:space="preserve">therefore the
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            concluſion (which always follows the worſer
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            part) cannot be ſtrong, and ſo will not need
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            any other anſwer.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3880" xml:space="preserve">The ſecond ſort of Arguments taken from
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            natural Philoſophy, are principally theſe
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            three:</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3882" xml:space="preserve">Arg. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3883" xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3884" xml:space="preserve">From the vileneſs of our Earth,
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            becauſe it conſiſts of a more ſordid and baſe
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            Matter than any other part of the World;
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3885" xml:space="preserve">and therefore, muſt be ſcituated in the Cen-
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            tre, which is the worſt place, and at the
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            greateſt diſtance from thoſe purer incorrup-
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            tible Bodies, the Heavens.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3887" xml:space="preserve">I anſwer : </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3888" xml:space="preserve">This Argument does ſuppoſe
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            ſuch Propoſitions for Grounds, which are
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            not yet proved; </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3889" xml:space="preserve">and therefore not to be
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            granted. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3890" xml:space="preserve">As,</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3891" xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3892" xml:space="preserve">That Bodies muſt be as far diſtant in
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            Place, as in Nobility.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3894" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3895" xml:space="preserve">That the Earth is a more ignoble Sub-
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            ſtance than any of the other Planets, con-
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            ſiſting of a more baſe and vile Matter.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3897" xml:space="preserve">3. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3898" xml:space="preserve">That the Centre is the worſt place.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3900" xml:space="preserve">All which, are, if not evidently falſe,
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            yet very uncertain.</s>
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3902" xml:space="preserve">Arg. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3903" xml:space="preserve">2. </s>
            <s xml:id="echoid-s3904" xml:space="preserve">From the nature of the Centre,
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            which is the place of Reſt, and ſuch as in
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            all circular Motions, is it ſelf immovable;
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            <s xml:id="echoid-s3905" xml:space="preserve">And therefore will be the fitteſt </s>
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