The New Universe and the Human Future
When people say, “I’m human,” they usually mean “I make mistakes,” “I have my limits,” “Don’t expect too much of me.” Admitting our own imperfections is admirable, but thinking of being human essentially as a limitation is a self-fulfilling prophecy and denies an astonishing truth that science has just discovered: in the expanding universe, human beings are not only significant – we are central! Not, of course, in a literal, geographic sense. There is no geographic center to our expanding universe. But we humans are cosmically central or special in at least seven fascinating ways never before imagined, all of which follow directly from the principles of modern astrophysics.