Professor Brian Cox, a man who is for many the heir apparent to David Attenborough as British television’s very own beloved factual television presenter, is teaching us something rather different today.
Programs like Stargazing Live have made Brian Cox a household name, cherished for his passion concerning all things science, and his knack for breaking down complex ideas into readily understandable sound bites.
Brian Cox studied physics at the University of Manchester while enjoying a semi-successful music career – he was the keyboard player for D Ream, the band behind hit song Things Can Only Get Better.
Anyway, enough on Cox’s CV. Remember the Large Hadron Collider? That thing that everyone got in a massive panic about a few years ago? Well Cox reckons that the machine has disproved beyond any doubt the existence of the soul and ghosts, saying that measurements of particles made by the machine give us the answer.
Speaking on Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, Cox said:
“If there’s some kind of substance that’s driving our bodies, making my arms move and legs move, then it must interact with the particles out of which our bodies are made. And seeing as we’ve made high precision measurements of the ways that particles interact, then my assertion is there can be no such thing as an energy source that’s driving our bodies.”
The discovery would appear to dispel the notion of the soul as we understand it, if that definition falls under the brackets of a “substance that’s driving our bodies”, which seems a fair description of the traditional concept of a soul.
The hugely popular scientist was pretty unequivocal in his affirmation that this disproves the notion of the existence of ghosts, too. Cox was straight to the point: “Before we ask the first question, I want to make a statement: we are not here to debate the existence of ghosts because they don’t exist.” Seems pretty definitive.