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"The literal interpretation of this trope was the accepted scientific view of the universe up until the 16th century, when people started thinking the Sun was the centre of the universe, and that was discredited over time when people started realizing other stars existed and no star had a privileged position, about the 20th century or so. "
Wrong. They didn't think being in the center of the universe was "priviledged" but the reverse. They compared it roughly to being in the center of a latrine.
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