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Symphony of Science: A Wave of Reason

Chris Higgins
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In the seventh "Symphony of Science" installment by John Boswell, Carl Sagan sings: "Science is more than a body of knowledge: it's a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we're up for grabs." That's the theme of the song/video, which features Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Lawrence Krauss, Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Phil Plait, and James Randi. Enjoy:

For all the videos (plus lyrics, downloads, remixes, etc.), check out the Symphony of Science website. I've posted the lyrics for this one below the jump as they're a little hard to hear in parts. Incidentally, if you have no idea what this is, you owe it to yourself to watch the original video (and still the best): A Glorious Dawn, featuring the now-famous lyrics (by Carl Sagan) "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

(Carl Sagan's lyrics written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter) Bertrand Russell: When you are studying any matter Or considering any philosophy Ask yourself only: what are the facts, And what is the truth that the facts bear out Carl Sagan: Science is more than a body of knowledge It's a way of thinking A way of skeptically interrogating the universe If we are not able to ask skeptical questions To be skeptical of those in authority Then we're up for grabs Michael Shermer: In all of science we're looking for a balance between data and theory Sam Harris: You don't have to delude yourself With Iron Age fairy tales Carolyn Porco: The same spiritual fulfillment That people find in religion Can be found in science By coming to know, if you will, the mind of God Lawrence Krauss: The real world, as it actually is, Is not evil, it's remarkable And the way to understand the physical world is to use science Richard Dawkins: There is a new wave of reason Sweeping across America, Britain, Europe, Australia South America, the Middle East and Africa There is a new wave of reason Where superstition had a firm hold Phil Plait: Teach a man to reason And he'll think for a lifetime Sagan: Cosmology brings us face to face with the deepest mysteries With questions that were once treated only in religion and myth The desire to be connected with the cosmos Reflects a profound reality But we are connected; not in the trivial ways That Astrology promises, but in the deepest ways Richard Feynman: I can't believe the special stories that have been made up About our relationship to the universe at large Look at what's out there; it isn't in proportion Russell: Never let yourself be diverted By what you wish to believe But look only and surely At what are the facts James Randi: Enjoy the fantasy, the fun, the stories But make sure that there's a clear sharp line Drawn on the floor To do otherwise is to embrace madness

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