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Let us reason: In defense of mediocrity
Seargent, DAJ. 1995.  Facts and Faith 9(2):8-9, 11. CELD ID 6522

One of the assumptions behind much of modern science is the Principle of Mediocrity. That's the unpleasant name for the principle that the earth does not occupy a special (i.e., central) place in the universe. Arguments in favor of this principle are rarely given, for most scientists accept it virtually as a datum. A few radical scientists such as Sir Fred Hoyle have openly questioned it, but for most it seems a given, and it is certainly presented as such in science textbooks.