Review of The Privileged Planet

The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery

by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards
Washington DC: Regnery Publishing, 2004. 444 pages

reviewed by William H Jefferys, The University of Texas at Austin

The Privileged Planet is based upon the odd notion that the more unsuitable our universe is for producing intelligent life, the more likely it is that our universe was "designed" to produce intelligent life by a "designer" of indeterminate nature; put another way, supposedly the less likely it is that there could be a planet in our universe that supports intelligent life, then the more likely it is that the universe was "designed" to produce a particular intelligent life form -- us -- that can and will investigate the nature of the universe.