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Night owl chat – Brian Cox

For those of you unaware of who Brian Cox is:

Brian Edward Cox OBE (born 3 March 1968)[1] is an English physicist and former musicianProfessor, a Royal Society UniversityResearch FellowPPARC Advanced Fellow at the University of Manchester.[14][15] He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)[16][17] at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. He is working on the research and development project of the FP420 experiment in an international collaboration to upgrade the ATLAS and the CMS experiment by installing additional, smaller detectors at a distance of 420 metres from the interaction points of the main experiments.[18][19][20][21]

Cox is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics.[22] He has been described as the natural successor for BBC’s scientific programming by both David Attenborough and the late Patrick Moore.[23][24] He also had some fame in the 1990s as the keyboard player for the pop band D:Ream.

He is one of my favorite presenters on the BBC, and I consume his programs voraciously. He breaks down the complexities of physics to a level that a layman such as myself (one who flunked university physics) can understand now in his middling years. He’s an atheist, and I’m a seeking agnostic, and we both share an overweening awe at the wonders of the universe.

To take you into Early Morning Chat, a speech by Dr. Cox, in which he expounds on the need for science education, and in which he castigates the media for ignoring science and taking on sensationalism. We will not be able to solve the grave problems facing us if we continue to ignore the science. President Obama, to his great and unending credit, believes in a reality-based world. We have to make sure in November that he has a Congress which believes so as well. Our fate as a species depends on it.

Dream big, night owls!


57 Responses to “Night owl chat – Brian Cox”


  1. 1 COS
    May 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Hello LL.

  2. May 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    First! If you exclude COS.

  3. May 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks a gazillion again LL!!

  4. 16 Dudette
    May 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Just gotta say: I LOVE MY LIBERAL LIBRARIAN!

    Dude, you don’t just ROCK, you ROLL like Continental Drift — slow and deep! :-D

  5. May 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    LL, Brian Cox’s message is essential.

    Interestingly, in the previous thread, our dear Sailor, posted another essential message ….

    We need a convergence of these messages and, hopefully, those to whom this tweet is directed will consider creating a forum in which they can be widely disseminated ….

    “One heart with courage is a majority” is Martin Sheen’s brilliantly cogent core insight in what truly is a speech for the ages.

    Yes WE MUST

  6. 41 desertflower
    May 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Night all…thanks for a nice Sunday:)

  7. 42 carolyn
    May 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    On a different subject…..seems I remember some mentioning Call the Midwife…..which I have watched obsessively since the first season. Tonight I watched the last episode of Season 3. I won’t give any spoilers for those of you who haven’t watched and are planning to; suffice it to say it was very satisfying. There was a reconciliation, there was real joy, and of course, I cried, it was so beautiful.
    That show has some of the best writing on BBC, and of course that puts it at the top of the TV mountain.

    If you have Netflix or Acorn available for streaming, and have not watched this series, I highly recommend it. It is far superior to Downton Abbey in my humble opinion; not glamorous, and the subject is off putting at first, but it is a beautiful real show of truth. The convergence of the middle-aged to older nuns (Church of England) and the young idealistic nurses, who were sent to East London to be district nurses by the National Health Service, is wondrous.

  8. May 18, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I’ll be tweeting this speech for a while:

  9. May 18, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    We will triumph.

    That is all.

  10. 46 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    BOOM – at least someone is brave enough to express what many, many people are thinking…

    • 47 carolyn
      May 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      I keep thinking of the line in The New Yorker article: Hillary wants to BE president, but she doesn’t want to have to RUN for president. Entitlement does not set well with the average American…..(see M. Romney 2012).

      • May 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

        She and Romney remind me of Coriolanus: thinking he deserved the highest office out of right, and scabrous at the need to gain votes.

      • 50 theo67
        May 19, 2014 at 2:22 am

        Has Hillary even said what she plans to do as President (if she even runs)? How does she plan to make the lives of everyday Americans better if she is elected? These so-called supporters should be asking whether she’s ready for “Hillary as President”, versus asking us if we’re ready for Hillary! Ready for Hillary to do what??

  11. May 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm
  12. 54 4morefor44
    May 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    i really liked a lot of of what brian cox was saying in the video above, but was dismayed by his derision toward “alternative medicine,” and comparing it to “homeopathic air travel” was just plain silly. my family tries to take the best from natural medicine and modern medicine, and use them together in what makes sense to us. we take our kids to see doctors from time to time and follow their prescriptions when needed, but we also had all child born at home with licensed midwives and hospital backup plans (none needed thankfully), and breastfed as long as each child wanted it. 4 kids, and not one ear infection or allergy among them later, we feel pretty good about what we’ve done with our kids, who have perfect or almost perfect attendance at school. mother nature is a pretty powerful force that leaves a lot of clues and should be listened to.

    i remember getting a lot of criticism from friends and family several years ago when we would refuse to use antibiotics for every single cough or sniffle, and sure enough we know now that over prescribing antibiotics has been a huge problem and helped create mutant bugs. i just never get this either/or mentality, which unfortunately brian cox seems to have toward medicine. in reality, science is always just catching to and trying to describe nature, and we can respect and follow both equally, in terms of medicine.

  13. 55 Dudette
    May 19, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Thank LL! The About description for that awesome speech from Martin Sheen has a link to this young man’s site:

    which, in turn, led me to this young woman’s music, since she’s an ambassador for his foundation


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