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It is literally impossible to overstate how much I love the experiment in this video. It’s so simple and yet shows so magnificently the existence of things almost impossible to believe. It’s beautiful in every way.

The point of the episode the experiment is conducted for is to explain the evolution of life, one of the mechanisms for mutation to be precise. Brilliant in it’s simplicity.

The religious often ask what an atheist has to live for (as if pretending to know something you do not is a reason to live) since we “believe in nothing”. I can honestly say that seeing an experiment like this, understanding what it means, seeing the results – you can freaking see cosmic rays for god’s sake! – is my religious experience. It’s learning things like this, about the world, that is my religious experience. Acquiring knowledge about the world, the universe we exist in, that is my reason to live. It makes me happy.

You could almost say that this phrase errs on the side of being true:

The universe is my god, science is my religion and Carl Sagan is my personal Jesus fucking Christ.

Or Brian Cox as it were.

Blam! FEEL THE AWESOME!

Professor Brian Cox of the University of Manchester presents an educational walk, through the fundamentals of Particle Physics.

Bam! Feel the awesome!

Holy hairy llama heads but I love science. Brian Cox, also, is pretty damn awesome.

Always! Be awesome.

I saw this video posted at Bad Astronomy and since I can’t really say it better than Phil:

In April 2010, physicist and outspoken lover of science Brian Cox spoke at a TED meeting about the state of science funding in the UK and the world, and why we do science. Trust me, you need to find the 17 minutes today to watch this.

Brian Cox really manages to speak to the science geek in me. Near the end he reads a famous piece by Carl Sagan… and at that very moment I got something in my eye. Watch the video, you’ll be better off for it.

Happy Sunday!

Original post at: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/06/18/cox-on-ted/

(CnP™ Phil Plait)

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