Copernican principle


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Copernican principle

[kə′pər·nə·kən ¦prin·sə·pəl]
(astronomy)
The idea that the earth occupies a typical or unexceptional position in the universe.
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So let us ask: what if the Copernican Principle is wrong?
In cosmology, the "Axis" is dubbed "Evil" because, if it does exist, it completely nullifies the cherished Copernican Principle upon which modern cosmology presently is based, and ultimately destroys the foundation of modernity itself.
0001 per cent of all humans who will ever have lived" (117), which violates the Copernican principle rather badly.
Although the Copernican principle may be widely accepted by fiat, it is imperative that such a foundational principle be proven," Caldwell and Stebbins assert in the May 16 Physical Review Letters.