In Copernicus’ day, the Earth was thought to be at the bottom of the universe, the “sump” where all the filth collected.
The oversimplification here is staggering (Darwin and women’s rights?!) and would take an entire book to unpack.
As a top science journal tells the story, the Galileo myth is relevant only to attack those who challenge the establishment consensus.
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.