The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery / Edition 312

The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery / Edition 312

by Guillermo Gonzalez, Jay Wesley Richards
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Regnery Publishing
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The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery / Edition 312

Earth. The Final Frontier

Contrary to popular belief, Earth is not an insignificant blip on the universe’s radar. Our world proves anything but average in Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards’ The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery.

But what exactly does Earth bring to the table? How does it prove its worth among numerous planets and constellations in the vastness of the Milky Way? In The Privileged Planet, you’ll learn about the world’s:

life-sustaining capabilities
water and its miraculous makeup
protection by the planetary giants

And how our planet came into existence in the first place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895260659
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 03/15/2004
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 261,601
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Section 1.Our Local Environment
Chapter 1Wonderful Eclipses1
Chapter 2At Home on a Data Recorder21
Chapter 3Peering Down45
Chapter 4Peering Up65
Chapter 5The Pale Blue Dot in Relief81
Chapter 6Our Helpful Neighbors103
Section 2.The Broader Universe
Chapter 7Star Probes119
Chapter 8Our Galactic Habitat143
Chapter 9Our Place in Cosmic Time169
Chapter 10A Universe Fine-Tuned for Life and Discovery195
Section 3.Implications
Chapter 11The Revisionist History of the Copernican Revolution221
Chapter 12The Copernican Principle247
Chapter 13The Anthropic Disclaimer259
Chapter 14SETI and the Unraveling of the Copernican Principle275
Chapter 15A Universe Designed for Discovery293
Chapter 16The Skeptical Rejoinder313
Conclusion: Reading the Book of Nature331
Appendix AThe Revised Drake Equation337
Appendix BWhat about Panspermia?343
Figure Credits419

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The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is good science from top to bottom. Carl Sagan gained praised for reasoning for chance. Gonzalez applies updated, and more thorough analysis. His findings suggest that much is unlikely rather than likely. Gonzalez deserves as much favorable notoriety as Sagan. But it is unlikely that this will be forthcoming. The reason is that the philosophical implications differ. His answer to the Hitchhiker's questions on 'the meaning of life, the universe, and everything else' may not be the same as that preferred by Sagan. But is this preference science? Any who enjoys science, reason, and reasoned scientific debate, should love this book. Book of the year and the decade!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is world most excellent book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overwhelming book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think we are entering a period in which science begins to reveal things about reality that makes people feel uncomfortable, i.e. traditional evolutionary theory, anatomy and physics (especially in the quantum world). We are beginning to see that traditional perceptions of the universe and science is insufficient for adequate explanation as to the most important question: Why? In other words, the "hows" are begining to bore us and so we search for the whys. This book is rather arduous to read carefully but quite intriguing to skim. Regardless, I sympathize for its point of views. I used to be an avid believer in a "Darwinian" theory of evolution and a purely "naturalistic" view of the universe, but have been disappointed time and time again by vague, slow-coming and contradictory scientific explanations by doggedly stubborn scientists who "want" a particular theory to be the best theory rather than being indifferent as to what really is the best theory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i find it rather ironic that the previous reviewer mentions and critiques the work of Carl Sagan. The very same man who actually was a strong opponent to exactly this type of supposed scientific reasoning and claims. its called pseudoscience, pick up a dictionary and read it. then pick up and read the "demon haunted world" by carl sagan. as for "priviliged planet"... well I'll let Carl Sagan speak for me... "Extraorinary claims, require extraordinary evidence".