We’ve only begun to point huge telescopes at exoplanets. There are too many unknowns to be sure of our status, he thinks.
What happened before anything happened? It’s a meaningless question within itself unless one posits a First Cause or God. Science, like an afghan, tends to fray at the edges.
Gleiser: So when people talk about Copernicus and Copernicanism—the ‘principle of mediocrity’ that states we should expect to be average and typical, I say, “You know what? It’s time to get beyond that.”
Marcelo Gleiser sounds as though he thinks that the great mysteries of physics are about this universe, not space aliens, computer sim universes, cyborgs, and so forth (on that score, see 2011 Templeton winner Sir Martin Rees).