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It is often claimed that Catholic Church punished scientists who relied on the experiment rather than just believing certain approved thinkers.

As an example, it is often put forward that in one of the Aristotle's works he claims that a fly has 8 feet, and allegedly the Church persecuted anybody who claimed otherwise for heresy or for sorcery.

Does it have any historical basis?

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closed as off-topic by Pieter Geerkens, Kobunite, Tom Au, Mark C. Wallace, New Alexandria Oct 28 '13 at 18:28

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Do you have a source for the allegation? It could help narrow the search down. – LateralFractal Oct 28 '13 at 2:40
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a better fit for Skeptics SE. (But it needs to meet certain documentation requirements for that site. – Tom Au Oct 28 '13 at 13:19

Most probably just a myth. See here for a detailed analysis of Aristotle's actual writings on the the issue, and the ensuing debunking of the myth.

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