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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That the Earth may be a Planet.
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I anſwer: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Though Ariſtotle were a Maſter
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            in the Art of Syllogiſms, and he from whom
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            he received the Rules of Diſputation; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet
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            in this particular, ’tis very plain that he
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            was deceived with a Fallacy, whilſt his Ar-
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            gument does but only ſuppoſe that which it
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            pretend to prove.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">That light Bodies do aſcend unto ſome
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            Circumſerence which is higher and above
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            the Earth, is plain and undeniable. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">But
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            that this Circumference is the ſame with that
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            of the World, or concentrical unto it, can-
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            not be reaſonably aſſirmed, unleſs he ſup-
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            poſes the Earth to be in the Centre of the
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            Univerſe, which is the thing to be pro-
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            ved.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">I would fain know from what grounds
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            our Adverſaries can prove, that the deſcent
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            of heavy Bodies is to the Centre; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">or the
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            aſcent of light Bodies, to the Circumference
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            of the World. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The utmoſt experience we
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            can have in this kind, does but extend to
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            thoſe things that are upon our Earth, or in
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            the Air above it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And alas, what is this
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            unto the vaſt frame of the whole Univerſe,
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            but punctulum, ſuch an inſenſible Point,
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            which does not bear ſo great a proportion
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            to the whole, as a ſmall Sand does unto the
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            Earth? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Wherefore it were a ſenſleſs thing,
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            from our experience of ſo little a part, to
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            pronounce any thing inſallibly concerning
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            the ſcituation of the whole.</s>
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