Wonders of Life (2013– )
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What Is Life? 

In this episode Brian Cox visits South East Asia's 'Ring of Fire'. In the world's most volcanic region he explores the thin line that separates the living from the dead and poses that most ... See full summary »

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In this episode Brian Cox visits South East Asia's 'Ring of Fire'. In the world's most volcanic region he explores the thin line that separates the living from the dead and poses that most enduring of questions: what is life? The traditional answer is one that invokes the supernatural, as seen at the annual Day of the Dead celebrations in the Philippine highlands. Brian sets out to offer an alternative answer: one bound up in the flow of energy through the universe. On the edge of Taal Volcano lake, Brian demonstrates how the first spark of life may have arisen. Here, heat energy from the inner Earth forces its way to the surface and changes its chemistry, just as it did in our planet's infancy. It is now believed that these chemical changes set up a source of energy from which life first emerged. Today, virtually all derives its energy from the Sun. But there's a paradox to this as according to the laws of physics energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So life doesn't 'use' ... Written by BBC

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27 January 2013 (UK) See more »

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Pseudo-religious BS - Cox is FAR out of his depth
2 January 2020 | by antimatter33See all my reviews

This show bears the same relationship to the great efforts of David Attenborough (e.g. First Life) as do the vapid "Cosmos" episodes compared to the "Ascent of Man". Sagan was no Bronowski, and Cox is no Attenborough. He's a trivial showman, a 50-year old teenager, irritating, annoying. I wanted to tell him to go do his homework. The man has no gravity. As for subject matter, most of the screen time is about Cox's adventures and his stupid blank, stoned grin. There is nothing of any depth. On a more serious note, his lame attempts to bring in physics are beyond trivial (I'm a physicist, I know). I'd much rather have heard from some real biologists and paleontologists than to listen to his trivial attempts at profundity regarding subjects he obviously has no real grasp of. He knows nothing of any depth, and it is sadly apparent all throughout this stinker series.

It is beautifully filmed. But I swear, I will never spend another minute listening to this irritating, trivial poser.

-drl


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