Kepler rejected the idea that the enormous scale of the cosmos suggested that mankind is less important than in the cozier Aristotelian-Ptolemaic model.
Did scientists like Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton speak easily of God as the intelligence behind nature just because that’s how everyone spoke at the time?
“Scientists do love a good story,” says Keas. “Turns out there are plenty of stories we shouldn’t believe.”
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited.
“We all sense that there is more than blind, pitiless indifference at work, and I think wrestling with that is the thing we all should be doing.”