People of Science with Brian Cox – Sir David Attenborough on Charles Darwin

David: People of Science. Take one. Brian: David, why did you choose Charles Darwin? David: He inspires me because he made sense out of the natural world. And not only just physical sense of why animals have antlers or why birds have fine feathers, but to suggest the mechanism which led to all these multiplicity of forms. And that’s a huge change in the mindset. And that’s a huge change in the mindset.
So Darwin is the founding father of really scientific zoology and botany. So Darwin is the founding father of really scientific zoology and botany. Brian: And it’s interesting to look back on his early career and his motivations really or his inspiration. How did he get there? David: He was absolutely mad about collecting beetles
and when you do start collecting things you say, well this one is different from that but is it more different or less different from that? And that means you start building genealogies. And that means you start building genealogies.
That was the trigger which led him to these extraordinary thoughts. That was the trigger which led him to these extraordinary thoughts. Brian: It seems a very pure expression of what it is to be a scientist that it’s actually understanding the natural world is all that matters. David: I am really entertained by a sentence that
he wrote in one of his letters in which he says, “Every time I see a peacock’s tail… …I feel sick.” And he feels sick, because he can’t understand how it could be, that individual bird putting all that energy into growing this vast and immense tail with these complex patterns and colours
and one thing or another, how it could happen. And the thought that he couldn’t understand it was what made him sick. But in the end Darwin explained sexual selection. Brian: Back then that’s a bold statement.
Was he a bold character in that sense? David: He was intellectually bold in himself, but he wasn’t aggressive because I think he knew that the majority of society would’ve
found it deeply blasphemous to suggest that we were descended from simian ancestors. The more you know about Darwin, the more you realise
that he was enormously considerate. I mean, he had these strong, steely convictions but he was gentle with people. He was a courteous, kind human being. He was an extraordinary man. That’s a marvelous portrait of him isn’t it in his old age. Brian: This is 1868. David: And there’s his Beagle. Brian: What was the route that they took? David: Well, they were commissioned to go down to
the farthest tip of South America and do a survey around the Cape Horn but then of course they decided to go home by crossing the Pacific. And so he then on that way calls upon the Galapagos where the moment of enlightenment
strikes him if one is to believe the stories. Brian: What do you think would fascinate Darwin
about the world today? David: Oh, undoubtedly the discovery of genetics. The key that he really needed to have was the physical basis in which characteristics
were handed from one generation to the other. And he postulated things he called ‘Gemmules’ which would do that sort of job, but he had no idea what they were. But to a certain extent you could say he as it were predicted there would have to be a thing like that which we now call chromosomes with DNA,
which carry DNA from one generation to the next. Brian: He was a wonderful writer as well wasn’t he? David: Absolutely so. I mean, this book, this is
a first edition of The Origin of Species and what is marvellous about it is that anybody can read any page and it makes absolute sense to them. It’s not full of jargon, it’s full of argument and observation. And that’s another reason why I admire him so much. “There is grandeur in this view of life with it’s several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful
have been have been and are being evolved.”


  1. Matthew Clements

    February 12, 2018 at 11:30 am


  2. Ismael Acosta

    February 12, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    This is definitely one of the most beautiful videos I have ever seen. Happy Darwin's Day!

  3. veronica Deal

    February 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    so beautiful….

  4. Jack Sibley

    February 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    How on earth does this have <500 views?

  5. Ankit Anand

    February 12, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Very good

  6. Paul Adams

    February 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    To this day religious nutters would burn people to death at the stake for teaching children about evolution.

  7. Jamie Harrison

    February 12, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    We are not Worthy!

  8. Reanne_Michelle

    February 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    What a fantastic human being

  9. Shashankesh Upadhyay

    February 13, 2018 at 3:46 am

    That's mesmerising

  10. UFO Sky hunter

    February 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Brian Cox your name is Iconic you should make a podcast with your name as a title I'll sub I want to listen to you

  11. George Edw. Seymour

    February 13, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Valuable series. Thanks.

  12. Sir Meow The Library Cat

    February 14, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    😺 What a privilege to see two of the most erudite people alive today. They have given the world so much to marvel at, as well as offering wonderful explanations of life and the universe. As a retired educator, I would hope that their intellect is never forgotten.

  13. Tami Smith

    February 15, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Extraordinary Fascinating

  14. blogorgonopsid

    February 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Wonderful video. I also admire Darwin's work and I'm a huge fan of Sir David. Love the way he speaks about Charles Darwin.


    February 17, 2018 at 6:17 pm


  16. Ryan Sweeney

    February 18, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Cox is a clown, they are all clowns

  17. Ryan Sweeney

    February 18, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Cox was on this morning talking about surfing and getting video footage…. When holly asked him a science question about the causes of the wave, he couldn't answer it….. What a shock

  18. Adeel Khan

    February 18, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Amazing. Love David Attenborough and Professor Brian Cox.

  19. Dave S

    February 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    "Luke … I am your father!" David and Brian are the worlds most beautifully quantum-entangled humans 🙂 Massive respect to both of them, and it's such a privilege to see them talk to each other

  20. Kaushik Malepati

    February 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Wonderful 😀 #SirAttenborough #DarwinQuotes

  21. Gerard Jones

    February 18, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Boring, how many virgins are watching this instead of chasing girls.?

  22. Edoardo Scalafiotti

    February 18, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    what happens when these two stars collide…

  23. sjobang

    February 18, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    There is a striking connection in nature that I have never heard mentioned before, between two characteristics among animals. All big brained animals (the big whales, the big primates, the elephants etc.) has a very slow reproductional rate, spending years at nurturing (usually) just one offspring at a time. Birds normally have bigger brains than equally sized reptiles, and spend more time nurturing a fewer number of offspring than reptiles do (who usually don't nurture their offspring at all). Mammals normally have bigger brains than equally sized birds. They/we spend more time nurturing (often) a fewer number of offspring than birds do, and there seems to be a clear connection in nature, between brain size and the investment in each offspring.
    This investment comes in the form of care and if there is a major driving force, behind the evolution of increasingly bigger brains, I belive it is care. As the brains grew the ability to care for the offspring also grew, and to me it seems plausible that it has caused a self strengthening effect – among many different groups of animals.

  24. Andrew Corbell

    February 19, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Alert. Yesterday I saw A panel interview of Scientists and Elon Musk talking about the comming AI catastrophe . Last week I saw a radio interview by Richie Allen of Barry Trower . Tonight I connected the dots if Ai gets control of The 5 g network ,this is where the catastrophe might happen . We have no time to lose with this.

  25. MichaelKingsfordGray

    February 19, 2018 at 7:49 am

    5 mental patients in-waiting, it seems.

  26. GMPLAS7

    February 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    An idea which says lucky accidents cause new species can be simply proven by a fossil record of the zillions of non-functional aberrations.
    Since these cannot be shown this ONE point blows Neo-Darwinism right out of the trees.
    Any other points are no more than footnotes.
    It really is that simple.

  27. Bob C

    February 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    darwinkilledgod dot blogspot dot com

  28. Matthew Karns

    February 19, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Both of these gentleman are awesome-huge fans of both!  Both brilliant men and human beings!

  29. Philip Croft

    February 19, 2018 at 7:13 pm


  30. MG1

    February 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Sir David, with all the quality you attribute to him, it did not stop Charles Darwin to steal Alfred Russel Wallace work by presenting it as his own idea. So Alfred Russel did not complete story of evolution. To this day you do not know the complete mechanism behind evolution. The reason I changed my name to Darwin is to be a constant reminder that establishments steal people work for their scientist to present as theirs. They have been doing it to me past 43 years. MG1

  31. streglof

    February 20, 2018 at 8:51 am

    God, if this man goes, it's really the end of an era. There is really no one else who can communicate the awe, the wonder and the love of natural history like David Attenborough.

  32. Venkatesh babu

    February 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    You have to write a paper titled " Forensics of the Cosmos ' . First let us define things. Cosmos are the entirety of the known and unknown of the place we live or exist. Superficial definition though to understandable level. Everyone knows what is a point. A point is something like a dot. To represent something we need a point. A group of points sequentially aligned is called a line. Alignments can be in any form. And names are given to each type as straight line curved lines and others depending on the kind of patterns they follow. And so on..

  33. Brian Sherwin

    February 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    And to think such fellers began from primordial d.n.a. that defies the wit of any human to design with logic.Only through guess work.Thank you Lord.All glory to you not us!

  34. Brian Sherwin

    February 20, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Heres the rub..make up a threesome with A Creation research fellow to ask what happened to all the link species these splendid friends claim as indisputable fact.

  35. Brian Sherwin

    February 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    That said I would pale into their respective shadows and be happy to engage in friendly banter and hopefully we would all form a single transitory shadow before our Author and Maker.Love to ask"What exactly became of all intermediary species not yet discovered at all?"

  36. Brian Sherwin

    February 20, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    And to think that neither would claim the logic or intelligence to produce a single strand of d.n.a molecules to form their most distant ancestors..All. Praise rather to The creator of all things before the realm of Time.

  37. NiX aKi

    February 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm


  38. Mark Bricklin

    February 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Three great guys!

  39. Noah James Wescombe

    February 21, 2018 at 12:38 am

    These two voices….in one video! too much relaxation!

  40. math godel

    February 21, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Wouldnt be better if animals in the video had been alive? The worst fact for Darwing nowadays would be the new masive extinctions…

  41. kareszt

    February 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    We can't all be artists.

    Tank the lord there are smart people.

  42. Zoroaster1996

    February 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Evolution is obviously not true; it is completely unscientific. Encoding and decoding requires intelligence.

  43. R G

    February 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Sir David, you are truly an inspiration, may God bless you with good health and I hope somehow soon, have the privilege of getting to meet you.

  44. deks white

    February 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    earth is flat

  45. Solo Vagant

    February 22, 2018 at 7:43 am

    What a simple but beautiful video …..

  46. Raheel Hafeez

    February 22, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Anyone else want an Origin of Species audiobook read by Sir David? 👌🏽👌🏽

  47. Blair Macdonald

    February 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

    0:48 How did he get there? He studied Adam Smith.

  48. Blair Macdonald

    February 22, 2018 at 11:25 am

    The odd thing to me is: these great scientists (Attenborough, and Cox, and others) have collapsed the work of Darwin and the enlightenment by putting humans at the centre (again, like the religious). Placing them – us humans – as being responsible for things that are normal and natural; extinction, changing climate, etc. They all share a massive cognitive dissonance where they cannot hold free market economics and evolution by nature selection in the same hand; when the two are identical and equivalent by definition. They, and others like them, may well have proven one thing: that religion is evolutionary too. Environmentalism – of which they lead – now stands as another example of evolutionary convergence; a repetition of religion. The thing is, the world will keep changing/evolving, but now we will blame ourselves for it all. Science is in a very bad place.


    February 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    one word, awe-inspiring

  50. XenonOzHID

    February 26, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Superb – thank you.

  51. Nicholas Ennos

    February 27, 2018 at 8:10 am

    They are both illuminati trannies. Seems like you need to be a secret transgender to be a BBC expert. Google Miss Brian Cox transvestigation.

  52. Mickelodian Surname

    February 27, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Attenborough… Man, everything he does turns to gold… He should change his name to David Midas.

  53. Nicholas Ennos

    March 2, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Shaming not logic, the woman's way of arguing. My family are proper scientists who have made important scientific discoveries, these two are mediocrities who have made no important scientific discoveries. They are only promoted because of their transgender status.

  54. Alic Sutton

    March 4, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I like prof cox. He comes across and explains things really well. But you can't argue the fact that he has not came up with any of his own theories or equations. He lives on the shoulders of giants.

  55. reshika kk

    March 5, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    My two most favourite people

  56. Michael Rhizal

    March 5, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    why doesn't somebody bring these guys donuts and coffee!?

  57. Maltebyte2

    March 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Love Attenborough's soothing voice!

  58. Metalman

    March 8, 2018 at 4:58 am

    2 of my idols in the same room.. And Darwin didn't have to be aggressive.. He had Huxley 🙂

  59. Nicholas Ennos

    March 8, 2018 at 8:46 am

    My family are proper scientists who have made important scientific discoveries. These two have discovered one huge big zero

  60. PanglossDr

    March 10, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    My respect for David Attenborough disappeared when I heard him attribute coastal erosion on the East coast of England to 'Global Warming'. That was a lie no scientist would utter.

  61. Andew Tarjanyi

    March 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

    How I evaluate such people is quite simple, which is, would I hire them as consultants or advisors and the simple answer is absolutely not. Attenborough is irrelevant and Cox is a wimpy little yes-man. Dark Matter, for example, is now formally falsified and has no merit. Dark matter theory has been supported by Cox and all the other yes-men at the expense of a huge amount of scientific progress. What do people who worship these clowns as heroes actually know? They think that they are worldwise just because they have watched a BBC documentary.

  62. Al ex

    March 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Alfred Russel Wallace was also cool

  63. Sam Yoo

    March 11, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I wish sir Attenborough lives forever

  64. thomas dijkstra

    March 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Ode to Sir David

    Fairy flies and scallop's eyes
    are small, there is no doubt;

    but set beside your 'wisdom', sir,
    they tower and they shout:

    "Go back to school, you dodgy fool–
    learn all we have to tell!

    "Perhaps you'll bless our Maker, sir,
    and save your soul from hell!"

  65. Zoophilia Consultant

    March 12, 2018 at 1:03 am

    because who would think one of the greatest thinkers and scientists was madly in love with dung beetles

  66. Gondwana

    March 13, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    So many things are great about DA but the part i find that moves me the most is his absolute passion and enjoyment for the natural world

  67. Anne Brookes

    March 18, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Brian cox is hot.

  68. Nytes1982

    March 20, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Somehow, this make me very emotional. Thank you Sir David Attenboroug!

  69. Konrad Łapin

    March 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    How come you don't mention Alexander von Humboldt. I think he was a great inspiraion for Darwin's discoweries.

  70. Inherent Emperor

    March 23, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Prof are shit hole. They are like im prof listen to me and when he is wrong he chsnges his theory lol pigs. They are only concern about fake publication and pride

  71. Übermensch

    March 24, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Is it possible to rename the channel – The Society?

    Because not everyone is born or die royal, kind of sound a bit elitist.
    There is nothing royal about human condition or the knowledge on this planet.

    I love both of them. These posts define me bit by bit every second am alive.

    Thank you.

  72. Nicholas Ennos

    April 1, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Both these guys are illuminati trannies. Google Miss Brian Cox transvestigation

  73. Nicholas Ennos

    April 1, 2018 at 12:36 am

    These satanists always promote Darwin because he was an atheist but they never promote Mendel because he was a Catholic priest. Mendel studied science at university and did his science experiments in the monastery at Brno. They want to show that Christianity opposed science which is not the case. In fact Christianity with its emphasis on honesty and honourable virtues provided the environment in which science was born.

  74. 刘宇龙

    May 4, 2018 at 10:19 am


  75. 刘宇龙

    May 4, 2018 at 10:27 am


  76. Informed Choice

    June 4, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Wonderful. I am glad only 18 people disliked it, although I wonder what world view could induce one to do so.

  77. Anuradha Edirisuriya

    June 5, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Two legends in one video

  78. Nadira Rahman

    October 28, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Imgur user here.

  79. deepblue64

    November 21, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    They both are extraordinary.

  80. Make Stoicism Great Again The Winter is Coming!

    November 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    What is the name of the first song?

  81. Preetham Kumar

    January 7, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Who came here after reading Anudeep Durishetty's post?🙋‍♂️

  82. SmoothCriminal

    February 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Two of the greatests.

  83. Dot Monocle

    June 30, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Passing of the baton

  84. Pat King

    August 12, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Two of my favourite people on the planet . Long may you reign .

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