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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
for theme #5A: Scientific Materialism
and Reason With Me” by Stephen P. Cook
to be sung to the tune of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Brown, Sutton, Bennett / The Mamas and Papas
Night time stars offer some clue
Day time sky is beautifully blue
In seeking knowledge of whatever you see
Observe and reason with me
Hot gas and nuclear fusion1
Makes stars shine—that’s science’s conclusion
And Rayleigh scattering2 I’m telling
Explains why the sky is blue!
To understand what Earth’s about, dear
Take geologic time3
Mindless forces, not God’s hand, steer
Continents in their prime-iimmee!
Say goodbye to superstition
And kiss off your own intuition4
And from huckster quacks5 please flee
Observe and reason with me
To understand what life’s about, dear
Mindless forces7, not God’s hand8
Molecules at play--aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Say goodbye to God delusion9
Kiss off this childish confusion
And from mystic quacks10 please flee
Observe and reason with me11
stars, where temperatures reach many millions of degrees and pressure is
staggering, bare hydrogen nuclei are squeezed
together to form helium in nuclear fusion reactions which
physical law by which shorter wavelength blue light is scattered more
than longer wavelength red.
— The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Around a dozen large tectonic plates (some carrying
continents) move relative
other on its surface. Except during earthquakes when they may
lurch forward suddenly, they move at about the same rate your
fingernails grow: about one inch per year.
So it takes millions of years for this movement to produce
4— Intuition can
be described as immediate insight that occurs without conscious
awareness. Some think of it
as a mystical
process; others see it as a
response to very subtle cues and stimuli received unconsciously.
peddling pseudoscience—something that seemingly has a scientific
basis, but closer examiniation
shows does not—and making money from it.
With money at stake, data contradicting what they’re selling is often
6— DNA or
deoxyribonucleic acid, the gene bearing double helix molecule, is the
primary hereditary molecule. It’s
made up of
or billions of pairs of linked subunits (called nucleotides) that, along
the length of the molecule, can be specified using
letters (only possible designations
of each individual link: AT, TA, CG, GC) in composing a long genetic
7— Forces are
pushes or pulls (repulsion or attraction) of physical/chemical origin
that matter experiences due to its proximity to
other matter. The strength of
these forces depend on different variables and can be computed by using
the relevant equations.
8— God’s hand is a metaphor (vitalist/spiritual
view) along with Him providing vital spark or breathing life into
is the title of a book by biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins.
dismiss New Age mystic
efforts to connect quantum physics with human consciousness, etc, and
see those folks as
urging others to believe in magic. (Note: the efforts of
respected physicists like Roger Penrose are not so easily dismissed!)
the scientific conceptual framework by which our species collectively
understands the universe, and our place in it,
is perhaps the ultimate in learning from feedback exploration.
Where will it lead? Perhaps, in the words of T.S. Eliot,
end of all our exploring will be
to arrive where we
started and know the place for the first time.”
Comment: Unless it is studying them, science
generally seeks to separate itself from emotions. Scientists taking data
or evaluating hypotheses are taught to behave like machines and leave
any (sometimes emotion-ally based) biases behind. Anything in a paper
submitted to a leading scientific journal that implies you reject this
theme #5A will generally bring rejection. Thus many scientists are faced
with separating (or reconciling) their cold scientist side from (or
with) their warm, emotional, spiritual side. This can be a challenge!
back to theme #5A