posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 01:16 PM
This is a massive shame. I dont buy the excuse he was given one little bit. Health and safety? I just cannot see how there could be a health and
saftey concern over observing a celestial object at such distance. I mean just what are they afraid of? Myocardial infarction? Brain bleed? Seizures?
They worried that it would be to exciting? Bullcrap. If they had said something like " If you see something, you cannot announce it because it would
infringe on religious rights of faith groups", I might be slightly less suspicious, because I have to face facts, thats a far more realistic
The fact that they punked out by giving him this utter BS line about health and saftey, sounds to me like a pre-emptive cover up activity.
Brian Cox's naivety though... bless! The fellow is such a straight shooter, he probably never considered the potential ramifications for the BBC if
it was responsible for the discovery of alien life. Brian Cox reminds me of a child in some ways. Although he clearly has a very advanced capacity for
thought, the idea that there could be negative effects on the Beeb probably never even occurred to him. Also, even baring in mind his naivety, I am
suprised that he never questioned the reasoning he was given for the refusal to agree with his request.
From a pure ratings angle, the possible discovery of life on other planets would be a instant winner, so you can be the choice had nothing to do with