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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153That the Moon may be a World. Truth, which they themſelves were not the
firſt Inventors of.
So that I may juſtly expect
to be accuſed of a Pragmatical Ignorance, and
bold Oſtentation;
eſpecially ſince for this O-
pinion, Xenophanes, a Man whoſe Authority
was able to add ſome Credit to his Aſſertion,
could not eſcape the like Cenſure from others.
For Natales Comes ſpeaking of that Philoſo-
pher, and this his Opinion, ſaith thus, Nonnulli
lib. 3. c. 17
ne nihil ſciſſe videantur, aliqua nova monſtr a in
Philoſophiam introducunt, ut alicujus rei inven-
tores fuiſſe apparent.
‘Some there are, who leſt
‘ they might ſeem to know nothing, will bring
‘ up monſtrous abſurdities in Philoſophy, that
‘ ſo afterward they may be famed for the In-
‘ vention of ſomewhat.
The ſame Author
doth alſo in another place accuſe Anaxagoras
of Folly for the ſame Opinion.
Eſt enim non
22Lib. 7. c. 1 ignobilis gradus ſtultitiæ, vel ſineſcias quid dicas,
tamen velle de rebus propoſitis hanc vell illam par-
tem ſtabilire.
’Tis none of the worſt kinds of
Folly, boldly to affirm one ſide or other when
a Man knows not what to ſay.
If theſe Men were thus cenſur’d, I may juſt-
ly expect to be derided of moſt, and to be be-
lieved by few or none;
eſpecially ſince this
Opinion ſeems to carry in it ſo much ſtrange-
neſs, and contradiction to the general conſent
of others.
But however, I am reſolved that
this ſhall not be any diſcouragement, ſince I
know that it is not common Opinion that can
either add or detract from the Truth.
1. Other Truths have been formerly eſtee-
med altogether as ridiculous as this can be.

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