The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery

Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 25 2005


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 Way—not only for life, but also to allow us to find answers to the greatest mysteries of the universe

Striking ways in which water doesn’t behave like most other liquids—and 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 system—and how that system produces the best solar eclipses just where there are observers to see them

How Earth’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 Principle—the 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 Earth’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 Earth—and the universe itself—were 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 Planet’s astounding findings should lead any individual to reevaluate entrenched assumptions about the universe—and even to reconsider our very purpose on what so many have dismissed as nothing more than an accident of cosmic evolution.

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