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View Diary: Nerd Alert: President Obama Will Introduce Tonight's Premiere Of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (200 comments)

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    Copernicus is more important to development of physics and astronomy, but Cosmos is more about the philosophy of science.

    Copernicus proved that the Earth wasn't the center of the universe, so he just moved the center of the universe to our Sun. Bruno wasn't exactly empirical, but the important thing he did do was recognize that Copernicus had disproven Aristotle, and rather than try to shoehorn heliocentrism back into Aristotle's universe like Copernicus did, he threw it out and applied Occam's Razor to what was known, and ended up at the simplest philosophy that fit the evidence.

    So I'll defend spending the time on Bruno because he's important to the picture of the universe Cosmos is about: that you aren't special and the Earth isn't special and nobody will come bail you out after you melt the ice caps. And he's also important to the idea that assumptions are not privileged by time. If Bruno could throw out 2 millennia of European cosmology because it wasn't the simplest explanation of the evidence, then maybe you can revisit your assumptions about Intelligent Design or Stanley Kubrick faking the moon landing by the 600th time somebody proves you wrong.

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