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The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery [Hardcover]

Guillermo Gonzalez , Jay Wesley Richards
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11 Mar 2004
Earth. The Final Frontier Contrary to popular belief, Earth is not an insignificant blip on the universe's radar. Our world proves anything but average in Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards' The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery. But what exactly does Earth bring to the table? How does it prove its worth among numerous planets and constellations in the vastness of the Milky Way? In The Privileged Planet, you'll learn about the world's: life-sustaining capabilities water and its miraculous makeup protection by the planetary giants And how our planet came into existence in the first place.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing Inc (11 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260659
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Questioning some assumptions and not others 31 Aug 2004
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This is a very good book. As a muslim, the very concept of this book fits in directly with many Qur'anic statements about the signs of God in the Universe.
Beyond this, we have in this book a refreshing analysis of the wonderous design of both planet earth and the universe from the perspective of design theorists and not religious atheists.
More generally, the point of this book is to show an impressive correlation between features which make earth and the universe habitable with features which make it possible for us to discover the nature, function and operation of the universe. It does this in an easy manner and there are plenty of references for more details regarding fine tuning etc... that are discussed or mentioned in the book.
On the other hand, I found the very few parts where evolution was mentioned to (for reasons of being more acceptable to the hardcore evolutionist establishment) by no means question the validity of evolutionary biology. It seems they just take evolution for granted. I expected more in this regard from the authors in the Discovery institute. Although I do appreciate that members of the discovery institute can have varying view of evolution. Anyway, this is one reason why I only give four stars.
Added to this is also that the authors take for granted many of the current cosmological theories regarding planet formation (and perhaps galaxy formation also (I do not recall fully)).
So it must be appreciated that this is a book which makes its case by assuming all the current scientific theories. In this manner, they ruffle the fewest feathers. On the other hand, the one assumption they do question, is the copernican one.
So, in short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and revealing 27 Mar 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book. It was enlightening to read things from a creationist, but still scientific point of view. Enlightening in other ways too. I never realised the wealth of information that has been made available to us as a result of eclipses. Strongly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sunk in the Scientific Sea 13 Feb 2013
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I bought the book because I had seen the video. Enthralled with the bits I understood, but had to skim over much of it.
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