Wisdom from Copernicus

by F.

Reading an older piece from Jim Holt today, I ran across the comments of Richard Gott III, an astrophysicist at Princeton. According to Holt,

Gott is known for making bold quantitative predictions about the longevity of things—from Broadway shows like Cats to America’s space program to intelligent life in the universe. He bases these predictions on what he calls the Copernican Principle, which says, in essence: You’re not special.

A little species humility is a good thing, it seems to me, as is individual humility.