In Copernicus’ day, the Earth was thought to be at the bottom of the universe, the “sump” where all the filth collected.
Perhaps the publisher, Cambridge University Press, thought the title might help sales with a younger, hipper generation.
Tyson insists the Copernican demotion story is redemptive because it saves us from religious ignorance.
“We can detect more than a thousand problems that had to be solved in advance for life to be able to develop on Earth,” says chemist Marcos Eberlin.
Myth-makers like Neil deGrasse Tyson think they have a superior source of human significance to substitute for the outdated, “childish” Judeo-Christian one