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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            truth; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that, for the embracing of ſuch a
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            Paradox as is condemned in Schools, and
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            commonly cried down, as being abſurd and
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            ridiculous: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">I ſay, If a Man do but well con-
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            ſider all this, he muſt needs conclude, that
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            there is ſome ſtrong evidence for it to be
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            found out by examination; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and that in all
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            probability, this is the righter ſide.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis probable, that moſt of thoſe Authors
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            who have oppoſed this Opinion, ſince it hath
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            been conſirmed by new Diſcoveries, were
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            ſtirred up thereunto by ſome of theſe three
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            inſufficient Grounds.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0197-01" xlink:href="note-0197-01a" xml:space="preserve">7 Conſid.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">1. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">An over-fond and partial conceit of
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            their proper Inventions. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Every Man is na-
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            turally more affected to his own Brood, than
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            to that of which another is the Author;
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            <s xml:space="preserve">though perhaps it may be more agreeable to
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            reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">’Tis very difficult for any one, in
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            the ſearch of Truth, to find in himſelf ſuch
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            an indifferency, as that his Judgment is not
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            at all ſway’d, by an overweening affection
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            unto that which is proper unto himſelf. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And
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            this perhaps might be the firſt reaſon that
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            moved the noble Tycho, with ſo much heat,
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            to oppoſe Copernicus, that ſo he might the
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            better make way for the ſpreading of that
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            Hypotheſis, which was of his own invention. </s>
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            To this I might likewiſe refer that Opinion
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            of Origanus, and Mr. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Carpenter, who attri-
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            bute to the Earth, only a diurnal Revolution. </s>
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            It does more eſpecially concern thoſe Men
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            that are Leaders of ſeveral ſides, to beat
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            down any that ſhould oppoſe them.</s>
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