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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26080That the Earth may be a Planet.
3. That places muſt be as far diſtant in
ſcituation, as in uſe :
Which becauſe they are taken for gran-
ted, without any proof, and are in them-
ſelves but weak and doubtſul:
therefore the
concluſion (which always follows the worſer
part) cannot be ſtrong, and ſo will not need
any other anſwer.
The ſecond ſort of Arguments taken from
natural Philoſophy, are principally theſe
three:
Arg. 1. From the vileneſs of our Earth,
becauſe it conſiſts of a more ſordid and baſe
Matter than any other part of the World;
and therefore, muſt be ſcituated in the Cen-
tre, which is the worſt place, and at the
greateſt diſtance from thoſe purer incorrup-
tible Bodies, the Heavens.
I anſwer : This Argument does ſuppoſe
ſuch Propoſitions for Grounds, which are
not yet proved;
and therefore not to be
granted.
As,
1. That Bodies muſt be as far diſtant in
Place, as in Nobility.
2. That the Earth is a more ignoble Sub-
ſtance than any of the other Planets, con-
ſiſting of a more baſe and vile Matter.
3. That the Centre is the worſt place.
All which, are, if not evidently falſe,
yet very uncertain.
Arg. 2. From the nature of the Centre,
which is the place of Reſt, and ſuch as in
all circular Motions, is it ſelf immovable;
And therefore will be the fitteſt

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