From Galileo to Hubble: Copernican principle as a philosophical dogma defining modern astronomy

Abstract

For centuries the case of Galileo Galilei has been the cornerstone of every major argument against the church and its supposedly unscientific dogmatism. The church seems to have condemned Galileo for his heresies, just because it couldn’t and wouldn’t handle the truth. Galileo was a hero of science wrongfully accused and now – at last – everyone knows that. But is that true? This paper tries to examine the case from the point of modern physics and the conclusions drawn are startling. It seems that contemporary church was too haste into condemning itself. The evidence provided by Galileo to support the heliocentric system do not even pass simple scrutiny, while modern physics has ruled for a long time now against both heliocentric and geocentric models as depictions of the “truth”. As Einstein eloquently said, the debate about which system is chosen is void of any meaning from a physics’ point of view. At the end, the selection of the center is more a matter of choice rather than a matter of ‘truth’ of any kind. And this choice is driven by specific philosophical axioms penetrating astronomy for hundreds of years now. From Galileo to Hubble, the Copernican principle has been slowly transformed to a dogma followed by all mainstream astronomers. It is time to challenge our dogmatic adherence to the anti-humanism idea that we are insignificant in the cosmos and start making true honest science again, as Copernicus once postulated.

Doi: 10.26520/ijtps.2018.2.3.13-37
Publication Date: November2018
Publication Name: International Journal of Theology, Philosophy and Science

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Forgiving Turing. Not the same as Galileo… (?)

Some of Britain’s leading scientists have called on the government to grant a posthumous pardon to Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 after acknowledging a sexual relationship with a man. Professor Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Rees and the Royal Society’s Sir Paul Nurse are among 11 signatories to a letter in the Daily Telegraph. They urge David Cameron to “formally forgive this British hero”. [1]

The government of England (the former… United “Kingdom”) has already rejected another call to pardon Turing in February, when it was presented with an online petition with more than 23,000 signatures.

The “progressive” (atheistic?) England has a hard time forgiving. But when Dawkins shouted for the hypocrisy or the uselessness of Pope’s move to acquitte Galileo, many people nodded in agreement. You see, it is easy to criticize others for their mistakes (even though the Galileo case is not 100% the fault of the church – see here or here for a more detailed analysis). But it is very hard to acknowledge your own…

No matter how much science progresses, it will never reach the culmination of humanistic philosophy reached by Christianism with the “Forgive thy enemy” advice.

We all have a personal “Turing” we must pardon…

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