The authors of the book The Privileged Planet. How our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery are: the astronomer Guillermo Gonzales & the philosopher Jay W. Richards.
The first, original edition of the book has been published in 2004 under Regnery Publishing.
An american astronomer, Carl Sagan, wrote that the Earth is nothing but a non-extraordinary “little, blue dot”. His concept lays in line with the copernicus rule, which states that forms of life in the Universe are a common phenomena. The authors of The Privileged Planet present their arguments against this concept. They hold on to the theory that the intelligent life is something extraordinary and that is why they perceive the Earth as a remarkable planet.
Gonzalez & Richards present a positive argument in favour of the theory of the intelligent project while stating, that the correlation between the possibility of “inhabitance & measurance” they discovered, could not by any chance be a coincidence. This concept underlines the fact that the appearance of intelligent creatures is an unbelievably complex phenomenon, which requires a ton of conditions to arise. They connect the condition of the possibility to inhabit with the possibilty to measure, which means that those same conditions that are responsible for the appearance of the intelligent life, are at the same time an exceptional option for the scientific research of the Universe, which leads to the conclusion, that our place in the world cannot be the effect of a coincidence.
The authors provide the readers with different examples of detected correlations. Among other matters they write about the matched system Earth-Moon-Sun. The mass of the Moon stabilizes the angle of the Earth’s gradient – an overly or insufficiently inclined angle would be unfavourable to life. Additionally, the distance between Moon and Earth allows for the observation of the total eclipse, which – according to Gonzalez & Richards – permits the development of science (for example the well-known experiment of Eddington from 1919).
The arguments included in the book The Privileged Planet concern different fields of science, such as cosmology, astronomy, physics, chemistry & geology. This written publication also includes philosophical contents, which is why it can be of interest not only to the representatives of the natural sciences, but also humanists.