Newton’s unnatural laws

The hidden occult history of action at a distance

Newton’s occult belief in ‘action at a distance’ has been suppressed by historians seeking to deny that magical ideas played a major role in the development of modern science, argues John Henry.

“Action at a distance” was a designation used since the Ancient Greeks to refer to any action between bodies which did not take place by contact action. Aristotle, whose natural philosophy was the most influential on later Western thought, insisted that a body could only act on another body by hitting it, sticking to it, combining with it, or some other kind of contact action. This view held sway throughout the Middle Ages thanks largely to the endorsement of Aristotle by Thomas Aquinas. It was Thomas who summed it up in the often-repeated phrase, “a body cannot act where it is not.” The advent of the new “mechanical philosophies” in the seventeenth century only reinforced contact action. The mechanical world picture was one of cogs tyrannic, intermeshing wit

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