by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards
Regnery Publishing, Inc.; ISBN: 0895260654
Hardcover – 464 pages (March 2004)
Is Earth merely an insignificant speck in a vast and meaningless universe? On the contrary. The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery shows that this cherished assumption of materialism is dead wrong. Earth is a lot more significant than virtually anyone has realized. Contrary to the scientific orthodoxy, it is not an average planet around an ordinary star in an unremarkable part of the Milky Way.
In this original book, Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards present a staggering array of evidence that exposes the hollowness of this modern dogma.
You will discover:
How Earth is precisely positioned in the Milky WayĂ˘â‚¬â€ťnot only for life, but also to allow us to find answers to the greatest mysteries of the universe
Striking ways in which water doesnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t behave like most other liquidsĂ˘â‚¬â€ťand how each of its quirks makes it perfectly fit for the existence of creatures like us
The harmony of Earth and the Moon: how they work together to sustain Earthly life as one intricate systemĂ˘â‚¬â€ťand how that system produces the best solar eclipses just where there are observers to see them
How EarthĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s atmosphere helps protect us from harmful radiation, yet has a tiny window open to the radiation crucial for life and scientific knowledge
How Jupiter and Saturn protect Earth from cataclysmic destruction
Why the best scientific evidence refutes the misnamed Copernican PrincipleĂ˘â‚¬â€ťthe widely held idea that there is nothing special about Earth or its place in the universe
How the laws and constants that govern the universe must be narrowly fine-tuned for the existence of any complex life
Copernicus: how the popular idea of his achievement and its significance contains more ideologically skewed myth than historical fact
Why the sheer number and size of galaxies does not mean that EarthĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s capacity to sustain life is just the result of blind chance
Gonzalez and Richards demonstrate that our planet is exquisitely fit not only to support life, but also gives us the best view of the universe, as if EarthĂ˘â‚¬â€ťand the universe itselfĂ˘â‚¬â€ťwere designed both for life and for scientific discovery. Readers are taken on a scientific odyssey from a history of tectonic plates, the wonders of water, and solar eclipses, to our location in the Milky Way, the laws that govern the universe, and the beginning of cosmic time.
The Privileged PlanetĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s astounding findings should lead any individual to reevaluate entrenched assumptions about the universeĂ˘â‚¬â€ťand even to reconsider our very purpose on what so many have dismissed as nothing more than an accident of cosmic evolution.