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Galileo: A Quote
Galileo: A Quote

Galileo: A Quote

Contra the Scholastics (and contra Bacon, from what I’ve heard of Bacon — though I’ll have to research on my own to see if Bacon made some of the malicious, ill-informed comments against Aristotle that I heard he did), Galileo says:
I should even think that in making the celestial material alterable, I contradict the doctrine of Aristotle much less than do those people who still want to keep the sky inalterable; for I am sure that he never took its inalterability to be as certain as the fact that all human reasoning must be placed second to direct experience.
From the Second Letter of Galileo Galilei to Mark Welser on Sunspots, p. 118 of Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, translated by Stillman Drake, (c) 1957 by Stillman Drake, published by Doubleday Anchor Books, Doubleday & Co., Garden City, New York. Galileo’s sunspot letters to Mark Wesler can be found on Website of the Department of Astronomy of San Diegos State University.

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