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">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">As it is in it ſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">The excellency of
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            any Science may be judged of (ſaith the Phi-
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            loſopher) firſt, by the excellency of the
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            Object. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Secondly, By the certainty of its
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            Demonſtrations.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">(1.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">For the Object. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">It is no leſs than the
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            whole World (ſince our Earth alſo is one
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            of the Planets) more eſpecially thoſe vaſt
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            and glorious Bodies of the Heavens. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">So
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            that in this reſpect, it far exceeds all thoſe
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            barren, empty Speculations, about Materia
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            Prima, or Univerſale, and ſuch-like Cob-
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            webs of Learning; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">in the ſtudy of which,
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            ſo many do miſplace their younger Years.
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            </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And for the ſame reaſon likewiſe is it to be
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            preferr’d before all thoſe other Sciences,
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            whoſe Subjects are not either oſ ſo wide an
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            extent, or ſo excellent a Nature.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">(2.) </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">From the Demonſtrations of Aſtrono-
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            my, they are as infallible as Truth it ſelf,
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            and for this reaſon alſo does it excel all
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            other Knowledg, which does more depend
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            upon conjectures and Uncertainty. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">They
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            are only thoſe who want skill in the Princi-
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            ples of this Science, that miſtruſt the Con-
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            cluſions of it. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Since therefore in theſe re-
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            ſpects, it is one of the moſt excellent Scien-
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            ces in Nature, it may beſt deſerve the indu-
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            ſtry of Man, who is one of the beſt Works
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            of Nature. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Other Creatures were made
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            with their Heads and Eyes turned down-
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            wards: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Would you know why Man was not
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            created ſo too? </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Why it was, that he might
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            be an Aſtronomer.</s>
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