Symphony of Science: A Wave of Reason

Image credit: 

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

More from mental_floss...

December 10, 2010 - 7:04am
webby
submit to reddit