Edge Question about Shorthand Abstractions: The Copernican Principle

This year’s Edge question from John Brockman asks what concepts from science are useful as shorthand abstractions (“random sample”, “placebo”, etc.) and can improve our cognitive toolkit and help guide our thinking about the world. My answer is The Copernican Principle, the quantitative understanding of our mediocrity in space and time, and what this implies. Please check out mine, as well as the many other (well over 100!) great responses.