Chapter 1, The Great Instauration
• Bacon states that writing this work is important.
• The human mind misuses its reason.
• True understanding is precious.
• Reason can construct science, art, and human knowledge.
• Reason is the proper foundation for philosophy.
• It is better to try and fail than to make professions that are untrue.
• Scientific thinking is difficult but valuable.
• Other forms of thinking are easier but dangerous.
• Bacon dedicates his work to King James I.
• Bacon asks King James I to become a supporter of scientific theory.
• Science descended from the Greeks.
• Dictators used arbitrary rules and did not investigate science.
• Those that liberated themselves were not radical enough.
• The only way out of stagnation is a plan of inquiry.
• Men must look to practice and argumentation.
• Bacon made his statements public so that they could be challenged and improved upon.
• Seeking truth for itself and the benefit of man...
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