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

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Regnery Publishing, Feb 1, 2004 - Science - 464 pages
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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.
  

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

User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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

User Review  - Jeffrey Backlin - Goodreads

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

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Contents

Wonderful Eclipses
1
At Home on a Data Recorder
21
Peering Down
45
Peering Up
65
The Pale Blue Dot in Relief
81
Our Helpful Neighbors
103
Star Probes
119
Our Galactic Habitat
143
The Anthropic Disclaimer
259
SETI and the Unraveling of the Copernican Principle
275
A Universe Designed for Discovery
293
A Skeptical Rejoinder
313
Reading the Book of Nature
331
The Revised Drake Equation
337
What about Panspermia?
343
Notes
347

Our Place in Cosmic Time
169
A Universe FineTuned for Life and Discovery
195
The Revisionist History of the Copernican Revolution
221
The Copernican Principle
247
Acknowledgments
417
Figure Credits
419
Index
421
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Jay W. Richards is vice president and senior fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle.

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