Similar to many others among the founders of modern science, Copernicus was a believer in God and clearly a proponent of intelligent design.
So, the Earth is just a humdrum planet? Far from it, astrobiologist Guillermo Gonzalez argues.
Charles Darwin indiscriminately lumped together the organic and inorganic spheres — a grand category error.
“You might have to travel a half a billion light years from the Milky Way, past many, many galaxies, to find another cosmological wall with a galaxy like ours.”
The Copernican Principle has been misused to imply that Earth is somehow insignificant. That is a philosophical attitude, unrelated to the science.