Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Symphony of Science - 'The Unbroken Thread' (ft. Attenborough, Goodall, Sagan)

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  1. Ah yes. Beautiful and poignant!  After watching this, it's so easy to see how Ben Stein, Kirk Cameron, and all them other fools, made the connection from Darwin to Hitler.

  2. That pseudo singing voice change thing drives me nuts.

    And not that it matters, but from the best I can tell, Goodall is a deist:

    <span style="">BILL MOYERS: I know the story, but for my audience, tell me what happened to you when you had that very powerful experience in the spring of 1974, when you visited Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris? 

    JANE GOODALL: Yes. It was a sort of low time in my life. And there I was. I went into this cathedral. And as I walk through the door, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor just suddenly filled the whole cathedral. And the sun was just coming through that rose window. And it just so powerful a feeling that, you know, how could this amazing cathedral, all the people who built it, all the people who'd worshipped in it, all the brilliant minds that had been within it. How could that all be chance? It couldn't be chance. </span>

    "It couldn't be chance" is the kind of verbiage that Comfort and Cameron would pounce on.

  3. "Pseudo-singing" = Auto-tune

    I agree too, actually - far too overused, but it absolutely amazes the Muggles.  These danged newfangled computer doohickeys." type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="170" height="140

  4. deconverts@gmail.comJanuary 7, 2010 at 8:17 AM

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    <p>You'll not get these people to sing, especially considering one of them is no longer with us.
    <p>Auto-tune is the best we have and I think this guy's songs are brilliant. Look for "Beautiful Dawn", the first one he did with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. It's beautiful.