Fw: Copernicus was wrong?

From: Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@uncwil.edu)
Date: Mon Aug 06 2001 - 10:08:51 EDT

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    The discovery of Copernicus was a scientific discovery about the solar
    system and has nothing to do with humans. He may have displaced the earth,
    but we know nothing about displacing humans. Moorad

    >-----Original Message-----
    >From: Ted Davis <tdavis@messiah.edu>
    >To: asa@calvin.edu <asa@calvin.edu>
    >Date: Sunday, August 05, 2001 10:39 PM
    >Subject: Copernicus was wrong?
    >>Glenn Morton writes (correctly) that Copernicus is usually credited with
    >>moving humans out of the center. However, as I have noted in other forums
    >>several times, this very common notion is very wrong. In short,
    >>did not move humanity from the center--because we were never there!
    >>and others since antiquity were well aware of the earth's approximate size
    >>and shape, and medieval intellectuals were fully aware that we are a very
    >>significant 4000 miles from the "center" of the universe. Furthermore, it
    >>was not desireable to be in the center at all, for that's where hell was
    >>thought to be. This feature of Copernicanism--moving humanity away from
    >>center--did not bother people at the time; what bothered them was the
    >>ridiculous claim that the earth is moving.
    >>The myth that Copernicus assaulted human dignity may have been invented by
    >>Freud, as part of a selve-serving idea that Copernicus moved us out of the
    >>center, Darwin reduced our uniqueness, and he (Freud) had assaulted our
    >>rationality. I say "may have been," b/c I am not confident this part of
    >>the story is right. But I'm confident the first paragraph is right.
    >>Ted Davis
    >>Edward B. Davis
    >>Professor of the History of Science
    >>Messiah College
    >>Grantham, PA 17027
    >>717-766-2511 (voice)
    >>717-691-6002 (fax)

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