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

The Privileged Planet How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery Earth The Final FrontierContrary 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 Privil

  • Title: The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery
  • Author: Guillermo González Jay W. Richards
  • ISBN: 9780895260659
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Earth The Final FrontierContrary 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 cEarth The Final FrontierContrary 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 giantsAnd how our planet came into existence in the first place.

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    1. Guillermo González Jay W. Richards

      Guillermo Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Ball State University.He received his Ph.D in Astronomy in 1993 from the University of Washington He has done post doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin and at the University of Washington and has received fellowships, grants and awards from such institutions as NASA, the University of Washington, Sigma Xi scientific research society and the National Science Foundation.Dr Gonzalez has extensive experience in observing and analyzing data from ground based observatories, including work at McDonald Observatory, Apache Point Observatory and Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory He has also published over sixty articles in refereed astronomy and astrophysical journals including Astronomy and Astrophysics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Astrophysical Journal and Solar Physics His current research interest in astrobiology focuses on the Galactic Habitable Zone and captured the October 2001 cover story of Scientific American.Another area of his research is focused on analyzing and interpreting ground based photometric and spectroscopic observations of low and intermediate mass stars in relation to current theories concerning the late stages of stellar evolution and the formation and evolution of planetary systems.

    387 Comments

    1. “In addition, these findings cast a different light on the general narrative of discovery from Copernicus to the present. The existence of other planets, stars, galaxies, and the like is unambiguous (though limited) support for the Copernican Principle only if these are not at all relevant to our own existence. But as we’ve seen, there’s no reason to assume this. With respect to habitability, our existence depends on such local variables as a large stabilizing moon, plate tectonics, intric [...]


    2. Many Christians would disagree with the Old Earth persecutive of this book, but this is a great resource on the unique habitability of Earth. A great resource on combating the Copernican Principle.


    3. Materialism, the belief that reality consists, at bottom, of matter and energy in mindless motion, is the background philosophy of our day, at least among our cultural elites, those who, in the words of Marx, “hold the commanding heights of culture.”Carl Sagan opened every episode of his “Cosmos” series with Materialism’s version of the Gloria Patri: “The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” And it did not have us in mind, but is cold, pitiless, and indifferent tow [...]


    4. The author read the book Rare Earth and then set out to make the claim that all the specifications needed for intelligent life to form are even more uncommon than that books hypothesis. The author then for some reason makes the illogical jump to the watchmaker argument in which we were intelligently designed, specifically by the Christian god lmfao.


    5. Anyone who has followed scientific developments over the past few decades is probably aware of the mounting evidence that our universe is "fine-tuned" for life and the competing visions regarding what that means (basically an intelligent designer vs. randomness operating in the context of an infinity of universes). This book presents another fine-tuning case, but one with a somewhat different focus. The authors argue not merely that our universe is fine-tuned for life, but our home planet occupi [...]


    6. This was a fascinating read and I think would be good for anyone interested in learning more about our world (planet, solar system, galaxy, universe). I'd never really considered the factors involved with a planet to exist that can support life, and is around long enough for advanced life to develop, why it matters that we have a moon (and what size it is), or where in the galaxy our sun is. I knew about the role of some of the details of the properties of universe in general (such as the streng [...]


    7. The book is a unique American product where scientists and theologists work together to write extensive technical material to confuse and impress people misdirecting them in science. One author is a scientist and the other is a theologist. It is a bizarre output that is, in literary terms, may be described as a very well-written book. But as far as the content goes it is a shame that somebody would be expected to spend so much time reading this heavy book to be convinced about a place for intell [...]


    8. I have used parts of this book for writing and research in my work in intelligent design. I can finally say that, yes, I've read the book in because my most recent research for a program and paper on cosmology involved delving into the last half of the book.If you are studying cosmology, I recommend this book as part of your studies. Gonzales is an astronomer and Richards is an author and scholar (he's also an excellent speaker). I've had the privilege of meeting Richards on a few occasions and [...]


    9. This book will blow your mind with the depth of apologetic debate into which they go into. I actually taught a class on apologetics that leaned on this text for information and ideasry deep, but actually not that hard to grasp if you allow yourself to think about what is being said. They do a good job of "dumbing down" the information from the truly egg-headed of society, to a place we can all understand at least a little bit. Great reference book for you Christian library.


    10. If you subscribe to the idea that science rules out the possibility of intelligent design, make sure you read this!This book takes a scientific/philosophical approach to breaking down contemporary Copernican principle, which is "the relativistic concept that humans are not privileged observers of the universe" (). It lays a scientific foundation for intelligent design.There's also a documentary based on this book, which I would also highly recommend: youtu/ClarWNaCEVM


    11. This is a fascinating book about science, and the cosmos. It also shows that one can believe in intelligent design, and the truth of science. In the Qur'an, God tells us to reflect upon his creation, whether through geology, astronomy, hydrology, embryology etc. Science is a means of knowing God better.


    12. When you consider all the minute details of astronomy, geology, climatology, chemistry, biology, astrophysics and a thousand other sciences that HAVE TO be in alignment in order for us to exist you will soon recognize that it takes more blind faith to be an atheist than a theist. There is no close competition for second place. An amazing book!


    13. What a powerful book that Gonzalez and Richards put together. There are a few pieces that are difficult to follow without any formal astronomy background but fascinating nonetheless. I'm glad people are out there asking these types of questions and doing this type of research so we can better understand our world and universe.


    14. This book contains quite a few fascinating insights (especially about the removal of the earth as the centre of the universe and what humans at the time thought about it, compared to how they view this now).Labours the point about being in such a great place to measure and observe the universe a bit too much for this reader. Thanks Mr Blick!


    15. This book is interesting in proposing a normal view of cosmology, but pointing towards a designer. The concept of habitability is conjoined with measurability throughout the book and may be the principal contribution of the authors.


    16. Great reference book on intelligent design, the DVD is great for people that not be interested in reading on this topic. Thanks to Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards for the best book on intelligent design.


    17. I thought it was a good book. But once the author discusses life forms he assumes that all life forms are like us and most (but not all) life forms found on this planet. Carbon based, Aerobic, need the sun (and moon). Which I am not convinced that is the only forms of life possible.


    18. Contains lots of scientific evidence but I was lost on the significance of the chief point they were trying to make that Earth is so suited for observation. I think the weighting is in the wrong place.


    19. Author Jay Richards is head of the ID movement and Discovery Institute of Seattle. They go into great detail explaining just how our planet is fine tuned for carbon-based life form to exist. To much detail in 300 or so pagesI couldn't stick with it.


    20. This is a fascinating compilation of all the aspects in which earth is special and distinct. The authors never explicitly state their case as Christians, but it's clear that they are weighing in on the side of special creation rather than blind chance for our existence.


    21. A helpful book, great discussion into the mechanics of science at times. Presents a case for local fine tuning in the larger design argument.


    22. Very dense, and, of course, very scientific. If you're into that kind of thing, it is a very interesting arguement for intelligent design.


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