- date: 2015-12-15
- revised: 2017-07-30
- belief: fiction
- status: poetry
An excerpt of verse for Dr. Eric Spencer’s English Renaissance Literature.
In 1572, Tycho Brahe observed a sudden and continuous rain of light emanating from the celestial realm of Cassiopeia. After a number of weeks, he noted that this new source of light failed to shift in position relative to the fixed heavenly sphere. The source lacked parallax and must then have been located upon the surface of the celestial realm. He published De Nova Stella in 1573, claiming a new star had come into existence above the sublunary realm with the expressed conviction that the world was hastening to its end. Tycho's new star is known today to have been the electromagnetic trace of SN 1572. a star under enormous pressure whereby the free electrons of the stellar interior were forcibly melded with protons to create a single giant atomic nucleus imploded violently with exterior plasma collapsing only to rebound gallantly outwards 50 years later, proper time, with the publication of the Novum Organum, Francis Bacon proclaimed the newness of a method available to human thought, by which the species might establish progressive stages of certainty. Bacon differentiates his inductive method from Socratic midwifery in that Bacon retains the senses, helped and guided by a certain process of correction. However, Bacon's method is new because he rejects the mental operation that follows an act of sense. From Socrates: "my art of midwifery is in most respects like theirs; but differs, in that I attend men and not women; and look after their souls when they are in labour, and not after their bodies: "and the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth. "Take a look round, then, and see that none of the uninitiated are listening. "Now by the uninitiated I mean: the people who believe in nothing but what they can grasp in their hands, and who will not allow that action or generation or anything invisible can have real existence. "Yes, indeed, Socrates, they are very hard and impenetrable mortals. "Yes, my boy, outer barbarians. Far more ingenious are the brethren whose mysteries I am about to reveal to you. Bacon identifies that in superstition arguments are fitted to practice in a reversed order. Where the doctrine of schoolmen bare great sway the schoolmen were like the astronomers, which did feign eccentrics and epicycles and such engines of orbs to save the phenomena, though they knew there were no such things. Superstition is when things are either abhord or obserued with a zealous or fearefull but erroneous relation to God. 1. A tendency to fly up too quickly to generalizations 2. A tendency to identify its own sense of order with the cosmic order 3. A tendency to ignore or suppress whatever does not accord 4. A tendency to assent to forms--- logical, rhythmical, syntactical