Monday, November 1, 2010

Musical Monday - A Wave of Reason by Symphony of Science

James Randi
YouTube user melodysheep has created another excellent autotuned song extolling the wonders of science. This installment is titled Wave of Reason, and focuses on science as a process of reason that is becoming the dominant mode of thought in the world. While I agree that science and reason are the best way of understanding the world that humanity has come up with, I'm not as optimistic as the scientists in the video given the pervasive push to have bullshit like creationism and intelligent design taught to children as if this sort of pseudo-science junk was based on anything remotely resembling reality. Perhaps it is best to view this video as aspirational - a vision of what the world should be like, regardless of whether it actually is like that now.

The video features Carl Sagan, the author of Cosmos, Bertrand Russell, the author of The Problems of Philosophy, Sam Harris, the author of The End of Faith, Michael Shermer, the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, Lawrence Krauss, the author of Fear of Physics, Carolyn Porco, the author of Women Astronomers: Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, the author of The Greatest Show on Earth, Richard Feynman, the author of Six Easy Pieces, Phil Plait, the author of Bad Astronomy, and James Randi, the author of The Faith Healers.

This song is unavailable on Amazon, but you can acquire it for free (or a donation of your choosing) on the Symphony of Science Collector's Edition.

Previous Musical Monday: The Case for Mars by Symphony of Science
Subsequent Musical Monday: The Arlington Rap by Remy Munasifi

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