Re: Copernicus was wrong?

From: Michael Roberts (
Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 11:54:50 EDT

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    It's pretty obvious, by displacing the earth Copernicus displaced humans.

    Who was bothered that the earth was moving. The only "reference" I know of
    is that of calvin, which he never said or wrote.

    Michael Roberts
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    From: "Moorad Alexanian" <>
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    Subject: Fw: Copernicus was wrong?

    > 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 <>
    > >To: <>
    > >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
    > >>several times, this very common notion is very wrong. In short,
    > Copernicus
    > >>did not move humanity from the center--because we were never there!
    > >Ptolemy
    > >>and others since antiquity were well aware of the earth's approximate
    > >>and shape, and medieval intellectuals were fully aware that we are a
    > >>significant 4000 miles from the "center" of the universe. Furthermore,
    > >>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
    > >the
    > >>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
    > >>Freud, as part of a selve-serving idea that Copernicus moved us out of
    > >>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
    > >>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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