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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            do not ſeem convincing unto him he may
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            freely reject it.</s>
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            <note position="right" xlink:label="note-0185-01" xlink:href="note-0185-01a" xml:space="preserve">Conſid. 1.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">In thoſe natural points which carry with
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            them any doubt or obſcurity, it is the ſafeſt
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            way to ſuſpend our aſſents: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And though we
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            may diſpute pro or con; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet not to ſettle our
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            Opinion on either ſide.</s>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">In weighing the Authority of others, ’tis
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            not their multitude that ſhould prevail, or
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            their skill in ſome things that ſhould make
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            them of credit in every thing, but we ſhould
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            examine what particular inſight and experi-
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            ence they had in thoſe times for which they
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            are cited. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Now ’tis plain, that Common
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            People judge by their ſenſes; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore
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            their voices are altogether unfit to decide
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            any Philoſophical doubt, which cannot well
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            be examined or explained without Diſcourſc
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            and Reaſon. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">And as for the ancient Fathers,
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            though they wereMen very eminent for their
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            holy lives and extraordinary skill in Divini-
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            ty; </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">yet they were moſt of them very Igno-
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            rant in that part of Learning which con-
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            cerns this Opinion, as appears by many of
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            their groſs miſtakes in this kind, as that con-
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            cerning the Antipodes, &</s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">c. </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">and therefore it
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            is not their Opinion neither, in this buſineſs,
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            that to an indifferent ſeeker of Truth will be
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            of any ſtrong Authority.</s>
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            <note position="left" xlink:label="note-0186-01" xlink:href="note-0186-01a" xml:space="preserve">Conſid. 2.</note>
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            <s xml:space="preserve">But againſt this it is
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            objected, that the
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            inſtance of the Antipodes does not argue any
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            ſpecial Ignorance in theſe Learned Men: </s>
            <s xml:space="preserve">Or,
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            that they had leſs skill in ſuch human Arts</s>
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