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This may procure us convenience, not Science.
      §10. I deny not, but a Man accustomed to rational and regular
Experiments shall be able to see farther into the Nature of Bodies,
and guess righter at their yet unknown Properties, than one, that is
a Stranger to them: But yet, as I have said, this is but Judgment and
Opinion, not Knowledge and Certainty. This way of getting, and
improving our Knowledge in Substances only by Experience and History,
which is all that the weakness of our Faculties in this State of
Mediocrity, which we are in in this World, can attain to, makes me
suspect, that natural Philosophy is not capable of being made a
Science. We are able, I imagine, to reach very little general Know-
ledge concerning the Species of Bodies, and their several Properties.
Experiments and Historical Observations we may have, from which
we may draw Advantages of Ease and Health, and thereby increase
our stock of Conveniences for this Life: but beyond this, I fear
our Talents reach not, nor are our Faculties, as I guess, able to
advance.
Locke Hum IV, 12, §10, p. 645