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Copernicus changed the world with his revolutionary idea that the sun, not the Earth, is the center of our solar system. Dava Sobel tells us why this momentous discovery wasn't easy for Copernicus, and why he feared the public's reaction.
According to Dr Leonidas Petrakis, former Senior Scientist and Department Chairman, at Brookhaven National Laboratory and member of the Think-Tank, Copernicus had removed the first two pages of his manuscript before it was published in 1543, crediting Aristarchus with heliocentricity. The missing pages were not discovered until the end of the 19th century. Readers may find this link to Petrakis enlightening:
Still....thinking about the impact of heliocentricity, regardless of who "discovered" it and promoted it into common consciousness, remains a seminal pivot in human consciousness.
THE WARNING: churches have and likely will continue to thwart fact for their own power needs and to bolster against their ignorant fear. Human beings could easily slip back into another dark age. Just look at what is going on in America in 2012: you have the rise of hate groups; the promotion of Christian fundamentalism; the spread of Wahabism worldwide; the reticence of the American Congress to embrace the founding principals. See this astoundingly clear article on the sub-text motivating the underground: http://www.alternet.org/story/156071/conservative_southern_values_revive...
Here lies the Catholic church of Galileo's time reborn into the modern day American politcal party known as Republicans.
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