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Newton, Sir Isaac - The Pipes of Pan - Laws of motion

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Sir Isaac Newton – The Pipes of Pan [in Notes and Records of the Royal Society]

These [gravity, orbiting systems etc] are passive laws and to affirm that there are no others is to speak against experience.  For we find in ourselves a power of moving our bodies by our thought.  Life and will are active principles by which we move our bodies and thence arise other laws of motion unknown to us..... And since all matter duly formed is attended with signs of life … those laws of motion arising from life or will may be of universal extent.

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Newton, Sir Isaac

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