The Privileged Planet
By Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards
Not only have Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards written a book with a remarkable thesis, they have constructed their argument on an abundance of evidence and with a cautiousness of statement that make their volume even more remarkable. In my opinion, their Privileged Planet deserves very careful attention.
– Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
In a book of magnificent sweep and daring Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards drive home the arguments that the old cliché of no place like home is eerily true of Earth. Not only that but if the scientific method was to emerge anywhere, the Earth is about as suitable as you can get. Gonzalez and Richards have flung down the gauntlet. Let the debate begin; it is a question that involves us all.
– The Discovery Institute
This thoughtful, delightfully contrarian book will rile up those who believe the “Copernican principle” is an essential philosophical component of modern science. Is our universe designedly congenial to intelligent, observing life? Passionate advocates of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) will find much to ponder in this carefully documented analysis.
– Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Paleobiology, University of Cambridge