The Privileged Planet. How Our Place in The Cosmos is Designed for Discovery. By: Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards. The Privileged Planet. An Unwanted Premiere! In June I was in Washington D.C. for a most unusual premiere. A film based on the Home · Authors · Reviews · Synopsis · Documentary · Q&A · What Is Intelligent Design? The Privileged Planet How our place in the cosmos is designed for.

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The Privileged Planet Teacher and Student Guide. The Privileged Planet. Teacher Guide. Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards. The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery [ Guillermo Gonzalez, Jay Richards] on *FREE* shipping on. The Privileged Planet. Guillermo Gonzalez. Friday Afternoon, Session 6. Jay Richards. Copernican Principle. “Because of the reflection of sunlight the Earth.

Everything works out for the best in this best of all possible worlds.

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Another claim made in the film is that the position of the earth in the solar system makes for perfect solar eclipses. A perfect solar eclipse would not be observable from other planets in the solar system. How can it be that the one place in the solar system from which these discoveries could have been made just happens to be the one place where there are observers to make them?

Furthermore, one of the factors that contributes to the habitability of earth is its location in the galaxy. It must therefore be the case that we were designed so that we could understand the universe and that the universe was designed such that it could be understood by us.

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If there is no life, no conscious beings, then who or what is doing the discovering? The thesis of The Privileged Planet is no different than the classic case of Presidential coincidences: Abraham Lincoln was elected to congress in John F.

Kennedy was elected to congress in Lincoln was elected President in , Kennedy in Both of their last names have seven letters. Both of their wives experienced the loss of child in the White House. Both were shot in the head on a Friday. Both were assassinated by Southerners and succeeded by Southerners.

Lincoln was succeeded by Andrew Johnson, who was born in Kennedy was succeeded by Lyndon Johnson, who was born in Both assassins were known by three names. Booth was born in , Oswald in As I am unable to imagine otherwise, these coincidences are too great to have occurred due to chance alone, so there must be some Intelligent Assassin behind it.

Thus runs the reasoning throughout The Privileged Planet. Is there any way we could tell? The answer to this question is the thesis of the book, and it is this: the same narrow circumstances that allow us to exist, that is, that make earth habitable, also provide us with the best overall setting for making scientific discoveries.

In other words, the very rare set of conditions that allow observers like us to exist also provide the best overall set of circumstances for observing.

So, for example, we need a large moon for complex life to be possible on earth. But this large moon also makes possible total solar eclipses, which, due to the unique circumstances they create, have been the single most important source of information regarding our sun and distant stars. Total solar eclipses, the product of a large moon which we need to survive, have been essential for the opening up of the field of stellar astrophysics.

In other words, that life on the planet with a life-giving atmosphere — that life is able to see into the distant universe. Now you might think, big deal.

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The atmosphere that life needs allows that life to see the distant universe. A third example is that the safest and probably the only place in our galaxy for complex life — between spiral arms, which is where we find ourselves — is also the best place for observing the universe beyond our own galaxy. More examples are given in the book, but you get the idea. And so you have to reach for something beyond the universe to try to account for it. We are simply life that happened to come about on a tiny little planet surrounding a tiny insignificant star in a very large universe that was not intended.

But evidence that has emerged in the last 30 years suggests something completely different.

It is one of my favorites along the lines of Intelligent Design. It flies in the face of the current storyline that so many follow, that the universe, if there's only one, is all by chance.

Inspiring to see that there is a much greater, more fantastic story behind our universe and creation than what many "scientists" want us to believe.

The book is fascinating reading but I had to stop after the midpoi I love this book. The book is fascinating reading but I had to stop after the midpoint. A: Atmospheres come in many forms, but not all allow for complex life or clear views of the wider universe.

Complex life requires a certain type of atmosphere. It turns that this same type of atmosphere provides a remarkably clear view of the near and distant universe. Complex, intelligent beings are unlikely to find themselves on a planet with an opaque atmosphere or deep in a murky ocean. We explain this relationship in detail in The Privileged Planet.

Q 3: Can life be based on any liquid substance, or is water somehow special? A: Water is common on Earth's surface, but one might suspect that on other planets, there are complex, intelligent beings that are not based on water, but liquid ammonia, methane, or nitrogen.

But that's very unlikely. As it turns out, water is endowed with life-support capacities lacking in other substances.

Together these capacities make water the most anomalous compound known to science. In The Privileged Planet, we also explain how important water has been to the rise of science. Q 4: Is Earth a data recorder? A: A walk through a Redwood forest is like a walk through the Library of Congress. Trees, along with corals, polar ice, marine sediments, and lake sediments contain vast storehouses of detailed information about Earth's past climate.

Is this a typical feature of planets? On the contrary, we argue in that, as planets go, Earth or, more precisely, the Earth-Moon system is a quite high fidelity recorder of the past. Q 5: Is the appearance of the night sky related to our existence? A: Not only is our atmosphere transparent, but we also enjoy dark nights.

Several happy coincidences, from having a planet that rotates on its axis, to our location in the galaxy, to the age of the cosmos, conspire to make this possible. And those dark nights have been vital to many scientific discoveries, as we argue in The Privileged Planet. Q 6: Why are there so many planets in the Solar System? A: Isn't just one planet Earth all we need? Doesn't it seem like a waste of space and materials to have all those other barren worlds?

Well, not if those worlds are players in the games of life and scientific discovery.Seattle Post-Intelligencer and IntellectualCapital.. Kennedy was elected to congress in And as we have seen, they may not be that rare.

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