You have to see this: Feynman, Sagan, Nye Sing about Science

Thanks for that. As a consequence I ended up watching a wonderful series of Feynman clips that were very engaging instead of working. Thanks for that too.

Oh my that was utterly amazing. I love it irrationally; or perhaps, rationally.

And I love Feynman too. I’ve read “Surely You’re Joking,” at least twice.

Thanks cmyk darling!

Huh. I thought I hated everything that used AutoTune. Thanks for the links.

I think that was part of a Cosmos episode. I’ll have to get out the DVDs and look for it.

Wow. That was really impressive. Great find!

God, I love those guys!

I am not especially religious but, when faced with the limitations of a Creationist universe, mine is far larger and more majestic. Beyond imagining, which is what pushes one further. Which expands the horizon even further. With a God, the Universe points out how indescribable He is. Without a God it doesn’t change much. Everything is effing amazing and worthy of digging into its workings for a long, long time.

Following the links I reached “Carl Sagan’s last interview.” I saw his gaunt frame cast in black and said, “That isn’t on Charlie Fuckin’ Rose, is it?” Yep.

What I’ve found mindboggling is that young earth creationism even places limitations on God. Seven days to create the Earth…okay, I can buy that as a metaphor. A literal seven days? Using Earth’s model of the revolution on its axis? To me, that says that God is incapable of creating his own timeline, making “days” as long as he wants. Who says that a “day” to God has to be 24 hours? Couldn’t he make it be, oh, I dunno, 100 million years? If you’re going to attribute creation to God, give him due credit, for Pete’s sake.

Yep. Science is amazing. Overwhelming, and that’s just the stuff we feel we have a grasp of. But that’s a discussion for Great Debates.

I love that. Thank you for linking.

I’ve been listening to this all day. I’ve been battling depression and an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness for a long time. But listening to this song, this ode to an intricate and magnificent universe, everything makes sense again. I’d forgotten about this sense of wonder.

Cmyk, thank you so much for posting this. You just made a huge difference in someone’s life. :slight_smile:

And I have a crush on Carl Sagan now.

In case anyone hasn’t found it, the creator’s website is at Both videos are there, and are presented in high-quality downloadable formats, along with printed lyrics.

If you like what he did, you can help him out with a donation.

Have any of you seen this site? It’s great.

I have to agree with you, that was beautiful.

I’ve seen the Glorious Dawn video before with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, and really enjoyed it. The music, video selections from Cosmos, and even the auto-tuned “lyrics” somehow really capture the spirit of Sagan. Usually auto-tuned stuff creeps me out in a zombie/inhuman/robot kind of way, but Sagan’s cadence and tone of voice (and Brooklyn Jew accent!) lend itself very well to it.

The second video, not so much. I only saw it on the site in the OP, and not through youtube, but the additions of Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson I don’t think elevate it anywhere near the original Sagan tribute. Plus, Glorious Dawn just has a better hook, and is catchier.

I moved this from Cafe Society to MPSIMS and merged it with an existing thread there.

twickster, Cafe Society moderator

Well, while you were gettin’ your merge on, I think you somehow dropped my quote in mswas’ thread! Or maybe I forgot to hit submit.

Anyway, I had posted to say that I adore the clip. DeGrasse Tyson is a great fave of mine, along with Sagan and Nye. I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know who Feynman was, but that quote of his has me googling like crazy.

Now for my question; what does deGrasse say our connection to the Universe is? I can’t catch it.

We are connected to each other, biologically; to the earth, chemically; to the universe, atomically.

Nah, I don’t have super-power hearing. You can read the lyrics at the Symphony of Science site.

You absolutely MUST read his autobiography, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynmann. Er, it’s kind of an autobiography, kind of a series of stories and even tall tales about his life. You will not regret it.

If you are old enough to remember and were interested enough to watch the televised hearings after the space shuttle Challenger explosion, he was the guy who soaked a rubber O-ring in ice water, and demonstrated very graphically that it did not spring back into shape when removed. The freezing temperatures and the O-ring behavior is what the panel finally blamed the explosion on. Even then, Feynmann had some major objections to the findings of the panel, and ended up publishing them himself when he couldn’t get them into the report by the panel. IIRC, it was about the nature of decision making and the proper way to calculate risk. I believe the second shuttle disaster validated his opinions on the first.