Confident. Cool. And doing little science experiments in beautiful locations.
Asking questions about the similarity of DNA of all the living beings on the planet - are we all related? Perhaps we just live on the same planet... How confident can we be about what happend 4.6 billions years ago... where's the line between science and faith on something like that?
I like questions. And, so I liked Wonders of Life. #wonders
Photo: Anna Hopkins
Cox's gospel supposes science can explain everything, offering a universe destined for cold disorder... in which the laws of physics exercise their totalitarian rule.
It's doubtless part of the picture - though I can't help but think he missed the final few pages of the story... Yes, I think there'll be a wedding at the end of the universe, and that'll be the first page of something new.
Cox concluded, Riffing on a re-write of Eric Idle's Galaxy Song. (Original version of Galaxy Song.)
"The question "what is life?" is surely one of the grandest of questions. And we learned that life isn't really a thing at all. It's a collection of chemical processes that can harness a flow of energy to create local islands of order like me and this forest by borrowing order from the wider universe and then transmitting it from generation to generation through the elegant chemistry of DNA. And the origins of that chemistry can be traced back four billion years most likely to vents in a primordial ocean. Most wonderfully of all the echoes of that history stretching back for a third of the age of the universe can be seen in every cell of every living thing on earth. And that leads to what I think is the most exciting idea of all because far from being some chance event ignited by a mystical star the emergence of life on earth might have been an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics and if that's true then a living cosmos might be the only way our cosmos can be."What do you think?