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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176To the Reader general Opinion, Men do for the
moſt part reſt themſelves in the
ſuperficial knowledg of things, as
they ſeem at their firſt appearan-
ces, thinking they can ſay enough
to any Paradox, againſt which they
can urge the moſt obvious and eaſy
and therefore ſeldom
or never ſearch into the depth of
theſe Points, or enter into any ſeri-
ous impartial examination of thoſe
grounds on which they are bot-
Which as it muſt needs be a
great hindrance to the proficiency
of all kind of Learning;
ſo more
eſpecially is it in this particular.
We might diſcern a greater come-
lineſs and order in this great Fa-
brick of the World, and more eaſily
underſtand the Appearances in A-
ſtronomy, if we could with indif-
ferency attend to what might be
ſaid for that Opinion of Copernicus,
which is here defended.

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