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    "Knowledge of other planets", meaning that THIS Solar System has other planets besides Earth, goes back probably to the ancient Greeks. They were still rather vague on the difference between a "planet" and a "star", and maybe only Lucian had an inkling that there might be planets around other stars (he mentioned aliens from Sirius allying with the Moon men).

    All that knowledge - ALL of it - was lost to the West with the decline of the Roman Empire, and stayed lost for a thousand years. All that remained in popular knowledge was folk tales about "The Man in the Moon" and suchlike.

    Even during and for a long time after the Renaissance, most writers were members of the nobility and/or the intelligentsia writing for other members (popularist stuff like plays excepted) because the common people didn't have the time, didn't have the skills, and/or didn't have the money to afford and read books.

    The idea of reading for pleasure is relatively recent, and the idea of reading what were originally called "scientific romances" is even more recent - that didn't really catch on with the general public until Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, considerably after Joseph Smith's time.

    That said, there was a lot of woo-woo floating around in the 19th century, culminating in things like Theosophy and Spiritualism, and maybe Joseph Smith caught an earlier wave - if not on his own, maybe from one of his friends.

    (One person's woo-woo is another person's "science fiction" - especially nowadays.)

    If it's
    Not your body
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    AND it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:22:00 PM PDT

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