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Copernicus and the Principle documentary

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

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.

“For two centuries the greatest scientists in the world tried to come up with an experiment that would measure that motion of the earth around the sun, that everyone almost knew was obviously occurring,” explained Delano. “But paradoxically, for two centuries every one of these experiments that tried to measure this universally assumed motion of the Earth around the Sun kept returning a value of zero for the motion of the earth, and this became a really big issue in science.”

The Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), a brilliant experimental scientist whose measurements of the positions of the stars and planets surpassed any that were made prior to the invention of the telescope, proposed a model that attempted to serve as a compromise between the geocentric explanation and the Copernican theory.  In this model, all planets except the Earth revolve around the Sun. In other words, the planets revolve around the Sun, and the Sun revolves around the Earth.

“The remarkable thing is that the Tycho system absolutely duplicates the observations we see in the sky just as the heliocentric system does. There is no visual distinction at all between the Tycho system and the Copernican system,” explained Delano.

Tycho Brahe's Geo-Heliocentric Model in the Principle

Tycho Brahe's Geo-Heliocentric Model. Image source: Wikipedia

Throughout the 16 th and 17 th centuries, huge advances were made in the field of astronomy and science through the work of Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton, whose work is far too involved to be able to address adequately in this article. So we shall jump ahead to the 20 th century and the work of Albert Einstein.

Einstein, puzzled by the failure of every experiment to measure the universally assumed motion of the Earth around the Sun, searched for a reason to explain why this could not be measured. The result? Einstein’s famous Theory of Relativity. Shockingly, Einstein maintained that absolute motion cannot be detected by any optical experiment as no particular frame of reference is absolute. In other words, the physics works just as well to have the Earth at the centre with the Sun going around, as to have the Sun at the centre with the Earth going around.

Nevertheless, Einstein maintained that even though it may look like we are at the centre of the universe with all the galaxies moving away from us (as Edward Hubble observed through his telescope in the 1920s), this is only an illusion. He maintained that since space is not flat but curved, and since space is expanding, wherever one may be located in that space, the movement of the galaxies would appear to be radiating away from that point.  This theory certainly supported the Copernican Principle that there are no centres, no edges, and no special positions. According to Delano, here is where the big problem comes in.

Einstein’s flexible space/time

Einstein’s flexible space/time. Image source .

New cosmological observations challenge Copernican Principle

Over the last decade, a number of anomalous cosmological observations have emerged which do not make sense according to the Copernican Principle, the latest being the Planck satellite results of March 2013.  While the science behind the findings is complex, to put it simply, the Copernican Principle requires that any variation in the radiation from the Cosmic Microwave Background (thermal radiation assumed to be left over from the ‘Big Bang’) be more or less randomly distributed throughout the universe.  However, the results of three separate missions, starting with the WMAP satellite in 2001, has shown anomalies in the background radiation which are aligned directly with the plane of our solar system and the equator of the Earth. This never-before-seen alignment of the Earth results in an axis through the universe, which scientists have dubbed the ‘Axis of Evil’, owing to the shocking implications for current models of the cosmos.

Laurence Krauss, American theoretical physicist and cosmologist, commented in 2005:

When you look at [the cosmic microwave background] map, you also see that the structure that is observed, is in fact, in a weird way, correlated with the plane of the earth around the sun. Is this Copernicus coming back to haunt us? That’s crazy. We’re looking out at the whole universe. There’s no way there should be a correlation of structure with our motion of the earth around the sun — the plane of the earth around the sun — the ecliptic. That would say we are truly the center of the universe.

Cosmologists, astrophysicists, and others initially brushed off the strange finding as an artifact, and dozens of papers and reports followed trying to address the anomaly. But when the Planck results returned in March 2013, the alignment showed up in yet even higher resolution and detail, and has now been replicated across three separate missions, suggesting there is something more than an ‘artifact’ that is going on here.

“The thing that has really launched the media hysteria about our film, is that we are pulling the covers off the dirty little secret that not only is there structure, that structure is related in astonishing ways to one and precisely one location in the universe, and it happens to be us,” said Delano.

If there is something fundamentally wrong with the Cosmological and Copernican Principle, our entire picture of reality is about to change again, and the irony is that just like the last two great scientific revolutions, both were centred around this puzzling persistent question about our place in the cosmos.

Whether The Principle documentary presents a convincing enough argument to seriously undermine the Copernican Principle and more than four centuries of science remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, come the October 10 launch date, we can’t wait to find out.

Part 2 coming soon – The large-scale attack of ‘The Principle’

Soon to be released – Interview with Rick Delano on ‘The Principle’

View the trailer of The Principle:

Featured image: The Copernican Model of the Cosmos. Image source

References:

Is there a violation of the Copernican principle in radio sky? – Cornell University Library

Planck Satellite Confirms WMAP Findings: Universe is not Copernican - Medium

Is the lopsided Universe telling us we need new theories? – Ars Technica

Planck shows almost perfect cosmos – plus axis of evil – New Scientist

The Fall of the Geocentric Theory, and the Rise of Heliocentrism – New Mexico State University

Cosmological Models through History – Physics of the Universe

Planck Science – European Space Agency

By April Holloway

Comments

"When i see how barren the other planets are, and how bountiful the Earth is, somethings different"

Errr no, in that case you just havnt looked through all the insanely amazing planets we've found, and also dismissed that reletivly speaking we are in the Alpha or Beta stages of Space Exploration and know essentialy nothing.
Planets made of Diamond or Gold, Earth like planets but twice or ten times the size, Planets like Mars which once obviously supported at least primitive (single cell primitive) life, undoubtably planets that are yet to reach their "supporting life" stage. Thats cool as s**t! Also lots of "something differents", so we are somewhat different to what we have observed, but not in some kind of divine special way its all fairly basic stuff. The universe is a big place, im sure theres some crazy impressive things out there, we just havnt found them yet.

"We seem to find ourselves in a part of the universe, attuned to life"
"The earth is a very special place no doubt about it"

Yes, this is correct. So what?
He seems to think this has some form of deeper meaning though, which is quite simply not true, its completly random that humans came to be in the first place, and there is 0 proof to say there arnt a million million other inhabited planets out there.

So one half of the universe is hot, the other half cold, or + and - if you like. Considering that we already know that this is the case with the Earth (magnetic poles changing) its actually only logical that the same would happen on a grander scale with the universe, possibly the two even being connected. Perhaps the magnetic poles changing will occur at the same time as a "flip" in the universe as well?
And to assume that we must be the source, rather than the effect of, or affected by, is just plain vanity.
Isnt it infinatly more likly, that if our planet formed in this "cosmic river" that runs through the universe, it inadvertidly had a direct affect on the formation of the planet in the first place, rather than the earth forming and then beaming out some kind of ray all over the place? If we were formed inside it, it would stand to reason that the way the planet lies, alligns with this "river". Just as a stone would show where the river has passed it over time, so the earth would show "wear and tear" of travelling through and existing within it.

And whats with attatching God to it? These things really really annoy me. Pseudo Science at its best attempting to proove once again in a last ditched attempt that a judeo-christian God could possibly exist and make us all on a whim. Its not going to happen.
A/multiple God/s could potentialy exist, sure, but there is no reason to believe religions that have blatently stolen half their stuff from earlier civilizations/religions and made up the other half willy nilly.
Attempting to make actual scientific laws whilst using a blatent lie as your base cant end well and i quite simply am just going to walk away from anyone that attempts to prove me wrong on that, you cant argue with stupid.
Not saying the stories arnt cool, but dont try and make the laws of the universe attempt to fit your personal belief system, the universe doesnt give a toss about what you think and in the grand scheme of things wether a god exists or not is completly irrelivent, either there is no god, so meh, or theres a god and this is all his/her/their doing and you cant change anything anyways and we're all just puppets dancing to another beings tune. I reject god on the principle that im my own person, if God made me then thanks, but ill take it from here and he/she/it/they has/have no right to interfere, wether that be in life or death.

Im going to have to watch this program deffinatly, and if they change my mind then awesome, but im about 99.9% sure this is a case of "Ancient Aliens" attempting to explain the universe.

Also, this:
"Following the release of the film's trailer, narrator Kate Mulgrew said that she was misinformed as to the purpose of the documentary. Max Tegmark claims that DeLano "cleverly tricked a whole bunch of us scientists into thinking that they were independent filmmakers doing an ordinary cosmology documentary, without mentioning anything about their hidden agenda." George Ellis has said that "I was interviewed for it but they did not disclose this agenda, which of course is nonsense. I don't think it's worth responding to -- it just gives them publicity. To ignore is the best policy. But for the record, I totally disavow that silly agenda." Michio Kaku, said that the film was likely "clever editing" of his statements and bordered on "intellectual dishonesty." Lawrence Krauss said he had no recollection of being interviewed for the film and would have refused to be in it if he had known more about it. Julian Barbaour claims he never gave permission to be in the film. All of this happened within a few days."

So yeah, not the most reliable of fact finding missions to back up their claims by the producers there.

Bitter Lemon:

When data which provocatively runs against the grain of established scientific theory presents itself, non-institutionalist thinkers champion it while most scientists in the relevant fields, who have listened to themselves preach the opposite for years, dismiss it as anomalous until the evidence piles up to the point of crashing down on their heads.

Whether the featured scientists were given a frank overview of the documentary before they were interviewed is far less important than whether their responses remain in context. Since presumably none of them have seen the yet-unaired program, their complaints thus far are of a personal--not scientific--nature.

And not that I suggest a tit-for-tat approach, but I should also point out that plenty of mainstream "scientific" documentaries have went far out of their way to paint non-mainstream theories as total rubbish and their proponents as crackpots, not rarely to the point of misrepresentation and blatant character assassination.

----"in that case you just havnt looked through all the insanely amazing planets we've found"------

Such as...?

----"and also dismissed that reletivly speaking we are in the Alpha or Beta stages of Space Exploration and know essentialy nothing."------

An argument of silence, based on religious faith that someday maybe eventually God-willing you'll find something...

-----"Planets made of Diamond or Gold, Earth like planets but twice or ten times the size."------

None of this is special in comparison to the Earth. All you've found are dead rocks that are made of one substance or that are very big. It's like saying this chunk of gold is comparable to the diversity and complexity of a human body.

---"Planets like Mars which once obviously supported at least primitive (single cell primitive) life"------

Where is all your 'obvious' proof?

-----"undoubtably planets that are yet to reach their "supporting life" stage."------

More made-up wishful thinking without facts or precedent except in the imaginary mind of evolutionary religion.

----"so we are somewhat different to what we have observed, but not in some kind of divine special way its all fairly basic stuff."-------

Somewhat different? There is nothing out there that even remotely approaches the planet Earth. Just hopeful speculations based on dogmatic materialist faith.

-----"The universe is a big place, im sure theres some crazy impressive things out there, we just havnt found them yet."--------

Whatever makes one happy to believe in... get back to us when you have proof.

-----"its completly random that humans came to be in the first place"-------

Proof?

----"and there is 0 proof to say there arnt a million million other inhabited planets out there."--------

Actually the weight of the evidence thus far is on the opposite side. Again you've only got a religious belief, not any reasonable proof.

-----"So one half of the universe is hot, the other half cold, or + and - if you like. Considering that we already know that this is the case with the Earth (magnetic poles changing) its actually only logical that the same would happen on a grander scale with the universe, possibly the two even being connected. Perhaps the magnetic poles changing will occur at the same time as a "flip" in the universe as well?"------------

And you don't see the amazing coincidences here? Why is it so perfectly aligned up with our planet? This spits in the face of the homogeneity that the Copernican Principle is suposed to predict in order to reduce the universe to a suitable state of non-order.

----'And to assume that we must be the source, rather than the effect of, or affected by, is just plain vanity."-------

True, if you mean that the phenomenon on Earth is a direct effect of the universe's rotation around it and not the other way around, because the Earth is too small to affect anything outside it other than the moon, but the fact remains that the entire universe's structure puts the Earth at its center of Mass. To believe this is simply by chance is ridiculous. The only vanity going on here is by those who wish to deny the obvious proof that design and purpose is inherent in the universe and that the Earth is special because a Designer willed it to be so. Thus you are in fact projecting your own vanity in that you wish for a purposeless universe so that you don't have to humble yourself before God.

----"Isnt it infinatly more likly, that if our planet formed in this "cosmic river" that runs through the universe, it inadvertidly had a direct affect on the formation of the planet in the first place, rather than the earth forming and then beaming out some kind of ray all over the place? If we were formed inside it, it would stand to reason that the way the planet lies, alligns with this "river". Just as a stone would show where the river has passed it over time, so the earth would show "wear and tear" of travelling through and existing within it."-----

Everything you've said here is scientifically speaking... nonsense and based on nothing at all. What is this mythical 'river' you are speaking of? You just made all of this up on the spot. This isn't even the way things work, nor is anyone even remotely suggesting the things you are saying with regards to the Earth. I suggest looking into the topic further in order to know and understand what is being discussed with regards to the Cosmic Microwave Background and its alignment, as well as understanding the Neo-Tychonic Geocentric Cosmology.

Love your comment, and completely agree with all of it!

malisa wright

Johnno, completely agree with you. It is so funny and ironic that the "scientists" that want proof all the time, comes with their own baseless dogma religion so far from the real observed universe. Then they invent quantum this and virtual particles that and believe in them but not on the glory that they have right in front of their eyes.To have some kind of knowledge and not recognize that what you have in front of you was carefully designed is like to say that a tornado going thru a junkyard have the possibility of assembling a 747 aircraft if we give these tornado billions of years. It aint happening. Get your heads out of your know it all hats and recognize that WE are indeed a very special race in the universe.

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