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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            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
            Objections; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">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-
            tom'd. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Which as it muſt needs be a
            great hindrance to the proficiency
            of all kind of Learning; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">ſo more
            eſpecially is it in this particular.
            <s xml:space="preserve">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.</s>
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