Monday, October 4, 2010

The Sound of Science (music)

Hello Darwin, my old friend
I’ve come to read from you again.
You comfort me when I grow weary
of people saying “it’s just a theory”.
Because a theory is a system of abstractions in our finite minds
of laws behind
the things we find with science.

And on the internet I saw
a billion people, maybe more
people clinging to old delusions
people jumping to conclusions
people holding superstitions that are obviously quite absurd
who’d never heard
a single word of science.

How do you think a doctor knows
how a disease like cancer grows?
How did we learn how we might treat it?
How do you think one day we might beat it?
It won’t be by taking sugar pills or standing on one leg for hours
while eating flowers
but through the power of science.

If you have answers and you are sure
they’re better than what came before
make your hypothesis and test it
Take the results that you have collected
then you write them in a paper and submit for peer review.
That’s what we do
to check it’s truly science.

And the people stood and prayed
they said “our faith cannot be swayed”.
They have their views and they won’t move them.
They have their “truths” and won’t prove them.
Take’ll the word of the prophets over fossils that were really found
beneath the ground.
They don’t like the sound of science.

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