Agree or disagree with his position on the ‘God question,’ Dawkins has a point.
“Clarke’s Third Law doesn’t work in reverse. Given that ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,’ it does not follow that ‘any magical claim that anybody may make at any time is indistinguishable from a technological advance that will come some time in the future.’ … There have admittedly been occasions when authoritative, pontificating skeptics have come away with egg on their faces, even within their own lifetimes. But there have been a far greater number of occasions when magical claims have never been vindicated. An apparent magical claim might eventually turn out to be true. In any age there are so many magical claims that are, or could be, made. They can’t all be true; many are mutually contradictory; and we have no reason to suppose that, simply by the act of sitting down and dreaming up a magical claim, we shall make it come true in some future technology. Some things that would surprise us today will come true in the future. But lots and lots of things that would surprise us today will not come true ever.”
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Uploaded by melodysheep on Nov 23, 2009
“Our Place in the Cosmos”, the third video from the Symphony of Science, was crafted using samples from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Richard Dawkins’ Genius of Charles Darwin series, Dawkins’ TED Talk, Stephen Hawking’s Universe series, Michio Kaku’s interview on Physics and aliens, plus added visuals from Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, History Channel’s Universe series, and IMAX Cosmic Voyage. The themes present in this song are intended to explore our understanding of our origins within the universe, and to challenge the commonplace notion that humans have a superior or privleged position, both on our home planet and in the universe itself.
RIP Dr. Sagan and Dr. Jastrow!
For more science remixes, check out http://symphonyofscience.com
As always, view in HQ mode for better sound and visuals.
With every century
Our eyes on the universe have been opened anew
We are witness
To the very brink of time and space
We must ask ourselves
We who are so proud of our accomplishments
What is our place in the cosmic perspective of life?
The exploration of the cosmos
Is a voyage of self discovery
As long as there have been humans
We have searched for our place in the cosmos
Are there things about the universe
That will be forever beyond our grasp?
Are there things about the universe that are
One of the great revelations of space exploration
Is the image of the earth, finite and lonely
Bearing the entire human species
Through the oceans of space and time
Matter flows from place to place
And momentarily comes together to be you
Some people find that thought disturbing
I find the reality thrilling
As the ancient mythmakers knew
We’re children equally of the earth and the sky
In our tenure on this planet, we’ve accumulated
Dangerous evolutionary baggage
We’ve also acquired compassion for others,
Love for our children,
And a great soaring passionate intelligence
The clear tools for our continued survival
We could be in the middle
Of an inter-galactic conversation
And we wouldn’t even know
We’ve begun at last
To wonder about our origins
Star stuff contemplating the stars
Tracing that long path
Our obligation to survive and flourish
Is owed not just to ourselves
But also to that cosmos
Ancient and vast, from which we spring
Dawkins expresses his views on the nature of atheism, with a bit of humor and a quaint English accent, too.