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Posted by Nicholas on November 9, 2002 23:47:09 UTC

"I think what you are missing here is that humans are the 'center of the universe' when it comes to understanding the world around us. Everything
about the world must be interpreted by us in order for us to survive and thrive in the world."

I don't think I'm missing that point at all. In fact, that's the exact bias that the Copernican principle is designed to fight. When you say 'center of the universe', you're referring to something completely different from what I'm referring to. I'm saying that nature's laws are not focused around us (setting aside anthropic arguments). Of course I, like everybody else, am at the center of my own universe in the psychological sense, but not in the scientific sense. The laws of nature do not put humans in a special place, humans are only a consequence of those laws. We tried for a long time to perform science with humans at the focus. It failed. That's where the Copernican principle came from.

In other words, I agree with you, but I don't think it runs contrary to my previous post.

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