Copernicus and the Principle documentary

Radical new documentary claims Copernicus and four centuries of science is wrong

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A new documentary called The Principle , which is due to be launched on 10th October, is set to take on more than four centuries of established belief in the Copernican Principle by presenting shocking new scientific evidence that suggests the Earth holds a special place within the cosmos. The film has already resulted in an absolute media frenzy, smear campaign, and storm of controversy as furious scientists vehemently defend their position – and that’s before they have even seen the evidence. Could we be on the edge of a radical new understanding of our universe and our place within it? Rick Delano, Writer and Producer of The Principle believes we are.

While most of us today assume that our brilliant scientific minds, space exploration programs, and high-tech telescopes and equipment have long since proven that the Earth orbits the sun, Mr Delano explains that no experimental evidence has ever been obtained that unequivocally proves this to be true. As historian Lincoln Barnett states in The Universe and Dr. Einstein , "We can't feel our motion through space, nor has any physical experiment ever proved that the Earth actually is in motion." Hence, Mr Delano states that the Copernican Principle is not a scientific fact, but rather a metaphysical assumption supported by profoundly convincing ideas and theories. His film, The Principle, is the first documentary ever to directly examine the scientific basis of the Copernican Principle by bringing together top scientific experts in a commentary, which he says, will leave us questioning our very place within the cosmos.

Ancient belief about our place within the cosmos

For thousands of years, there was a prevailing geocentric view of the cosmos, in which the Earth was believed to be the centre of the universe. By looking up at the sky and seeing the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars moving about Earth along circular paths day after day, it seemed evident to ancient people that the Earth was stationary and the rest of the universe moved around it.  Such a perspective was also in accordance with the God-centred worldview which maintained that a god or gods created us, and that there is a purpose to this creation.

Nevertheless, Mr Delano explained in an interview with Ancient Origins that “the ancients were more than intelligent enough to understand that the same observational phenomena would be equally attributable to a rotation of the earth on its axis.” So, why then was this perspective not adopted in ancient times?

“The simple truth is that the ancient world found it more plausible to believe that we were clearly the focus and centre of what we saw going around us,” added Delano.

Thus, the geocentric model of the universe came to be adopted as the predominant cosmological system in many ancient civilizations such as ancient Greece (from 4 th century BC), including the noteworthy systems of Aristotle and Ptolemy. The astronomical predictions of Ptolemy's geocentric model were used to prepare astrological and astronomical charts for over 1,500 years.

However, the work of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543), a brilliant mathematician and astronomer from Royal Prussia, a region of the Kingdom of Poland, laid the foundations that eventually resulted in thousands of years of belief in a geocentric model of the cosmos being turned on its head.

The Ptolemaic Geocentric Model in the Principle

The Ptolemaic Geocentric Model. Source: Wikipedia

The Copernican Revolution

In his publication De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres) in 1543, Copernicus proposed the replacement of the geocentric system for a heliocentric model, in which the Earth and the other planets orbit the Sun, on the basis that heliocentrism could explain the motion of celestial bodies more simply than the geocentric view. The implication of this revolutionary idea was that Earth could no longer be seen as being in any central or specially favoured position, a concept which became known as the Copernican Principle.

This was shocking and it was met by one stubbornly resistant force – the Catholic Church.  After all, what would it really mean for civilization and religion to find that “we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people," as Carl Sagan succinctly expressed in the 20 th century?

Such a radical change in world-view could not happen overnight and indeed it was at least another century before Copernicus’s ideas came to be well established.  In the meantime, numerous scientists came forward to try to measure the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

Comments

I just watched the film – very interesting, and mind expanding and am very amused at the comments here from those getting their ‘knickers in a twist’ about anyone daring to suggest their mainstream concensus theories are just that – theories and could be up a gum-tree –ie wrong ! We all know perfectly well how much ideas have changed over the years and this new view of earth as the centre of a differently viewed cosmos, makes me smile broadly – I know it is enough to make those with a need to deny the existence of a suprer-being (God) get really mad  – but they cannot prove one way or the other, so why be as dogmatic as those claiming there IS a God.? This new concept gives more fire to the idea of US as a deliberate, purposeful creation, altho I sttill keep my questions alive and would not just ‘fall in’ to any idea. If there is such an super-being I have many questions I need him/her/it to answer  before I am happy about that reality !!!   OK so you have the ability to smite me dead whenever you so choose – but what is the point of all this ?  I have always adored this subject above all others, and this film was truly superb. I do believe the day we viewed the earth as a blue marble floating in space was the day humanity really understood just what we have – a truly gorgeous, dynamic & beautiful home, and it makes our behavior & greed all the more disgusting – I hope humanity changes quickly enough to preserve this wonderful world we own. 

Veronica

This whole thing is not about science (an understanding of the way our universe works) in and of itself. It is political. They want to prove without a doubt that "there is no God" so then THEY, the wise and mighty, cannot be made to answer to anyone but themselves. Before you dismiss me as a mere crank, think of all the things those resources could be used toward, speaking in the realm of science. And yet this is what they choose to focus on. Always follow the money (the power).

IronicLyricist's picture

and i just wonder… if the FAITH in an idea is what brings it to be… maybe the earth was the center of the universe and the music of the spheres went on until copernicus.. and his faith that he was right literally changed the universe.. for if you have faith even the size of a mustard seed etc etc… maybe the holographic universe conforms to the paradigm of thought?  we replace our messengers of God with extraterrestrials, and allova sudden ufos! lol but seriously wow! wonder if the vatican read this and collectively facepalmed

infinitesimal waveparticles comprise what we call home the earth
manipulatable by thought ability supressed in humans since birth

In my humble opinion, this is the correct theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jHsq36_NTU

 

   

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