The physical displacement of the earth is a scientific statement that has
nothing to do with the general notion of what or whom humans are. I am
thinking like a modern scientist not caring who those in the past thought.
Can we then say that the Anthropic principle places humans at the center of
From: Michael Roberts <email@example.com>
To: Moorad Alexanian <firstname.lastname@example.org>; americanscientificaffiliation
<email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: Copernicus was wrong?
>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.
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>From: "Moorad Alexanian" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "americanscientificaffiliation" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 3:08 PM
>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
>> but we know nothing about displacing humans. Moorad
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >From: Ted Davis <email@example.com>
>> >To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>> >Date: Sunday, August 05, 2001 10:39 PM
>> >Subject: Copernicus was wrong?
>> >>Glenn Morton writes (correctly) that Copernicus is usually credited
>> >>moving humans out of the center. However, as I have noted in other
>> >>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
>> >>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
>> >>thought to be. This feature of Copernicanism--moving humanity away
>> >>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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