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Why Physics Beats Rock

Brian Cox’s vision of science is dispassionate. “People don’t need to know when the universe began; people need to know how science works. …I want Britain to be more reason-based.”

Former rocker turned physics professor Brian Cox want Britain to be more reason-based. His vision of science is devoid of emotion: “People don’t need to know when the universe began; (but) how science works, …that it is a process that is utterly dispassionate. …With scientific education in a democracy, which is what this is about, you have to accept that reason is radical. We live in a culture where people can say ‘I don’t like nuclear power’ or ‘I don’t think wind farms are pretty’, whereas PhD scientists are valuable precisely because they instinctively strip away emotional responses and say, ‘Here’s the evidence. Here are reasons.'”


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