They Might Be Giants - "Science is Real"
Initial post: Aug 27, 2009 10:09:21 AM PDT
Michael Cox says:
Posted on Aug 28, 2009 9:25:20 AM PDT
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Nick G. says:
I am curious about that too Michael. Seems in the long run it may not be a good idea for a CD geared toward children.
This is an excerpt from an interview in Nature on Aug 27, 2009:
Your lyrics talk about evolution being real and how stories about angels and unicorns are just that, stories. Did you worry that this might alienate some listeners?
John Flansburgh took the bull by the horns by writing that song and addressing that situation, which is that religion cannot take the place of science. It's not something you can tiptoe around. It's important that everybody gets what the discussion is about. If we're talking about the history of Earth, we can't rely on religious tradition to tell us all the information. He says it in the song: as beautiful as the stories are, they don't tell us everything we need to know. It's an old complaint on the part of scientists, but it bears repeating.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 9:43:33 AM PDT
James Babco says:
Sounds like a fantastic idea to me.
Posted on Aug 28, 2009 11:42:16 AM PDT
C. Lee says:
No effort required to take a pot-shot at religion, it already makes itself look ridiculous. This song ( and most likely the entire album) is dealing with what is, not what might be, is that not what we should teach our kids?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 7:26:37 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 28, 2009 7:41:58 PM PDT
J. Lavezzo says:
Great song cool animation. Makes me extra glad I've got the package on pre-order! You can see the video for the song Electric Car and a link to the video for I Am A Paleontologist at www.TheyMightBeGiants.com
Based on what I've seen so far and how They've described the project, this should be a great introduction to the reasons for Science. You know, there are lots of different ways to explore existence. If you want to know about the material world, you gotta use SCIENCE.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2009 9:33:25 PM PDT
E. Vage says:
Posted on Aug 30, 2009 8:06:31 AM PDT
I didn't hear them mention religion at all. My kids and I love what we've heard so far. We can't wait for Tuesday!
Posted on Aug 31, 2009 7:19:47 PM PDT
E. Z. Poschman says:
This is a message that any smart person, from a scientist to a librarian to the President, has to tiptoe around in public. Many thanks to the Johns for giving it to our kids uncensored and sweetened by power-pop.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2009 7:47:46 PM PDT
Shella Burke says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2009 1:29:55 PM PDT
E. Vage says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2009 11:09:54 AM PDT
Craig MF Koehn says:
Oh, because coming back from the dead, magical healing and people with wings coming down from the sky is so much more realistic.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 6:22:55 AM PDT
Elliott W. James says:
Numbers 23:22 and 24:8, Deuteronomy 33:17, Job 39:9,10, Psalms 22:21 and 29:6 and 92:10 or Isaiah 34:7. Unicorns are biblical, too.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 6:39:13 AM PDT
Once religion learns it place and stops trying to intrude on science, politics, morality and every other area where it does not belong, then I'm sure science will be quite happy to spare it the pot-shots.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 6:55:34 AM PDT
Mariah Sweet says:
Evolution is not appropriate for a CD geared towards children?!?!? FACEPALM!
People wonder why some of us are so vocal about speaking out against religion. This is why.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 6:58:16 AM PDT
Carol Blanchard says:
E.Vage Excuse me, but...........Unicorns are in the bible!!! Which is one of many reasons it is treated like fiction.
Posted on Sep 3, 2009 7:14:00 AM PDT
Binky Boy says:
A pro-science, anti-religion, kids' group??!! Count me in. I also added a couple more of the TMBG CD/DVD's to my order. Watch out religionists, the new generation will be even better at mocking you.
Posted on Sep 3, 2009 7:24:33 AM PDT
Hooray for TMBG telling it like it is. Thank goodness *someone* out there isn't actively lying to children with lies and nonsense.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 7:29:53 AM PDT
R. Johnson says:
Yeah, how dare we expose our kids to science. Well I don't think it's a good idea to force feed the bible to children.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 7:47:23 AM PDT
Nathan D. Teegarden says:
Why is that not a good idea for a CD geared toward children?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 7:52:23 AM PDT
Dave Cross says:
Unicorns are biblical too. And that makes them (along with angels) fictional.
Posted on Sep 3, 2009 8:19:29 AM PDT
It's interesting that some folks watch the video and listen to the song and think that it's "anti-religion" just because it's PRO-science.....very interesting....
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 8:34:50 AM PDT
Cypress Green says:
Even the fundies' favorite, AiG, says, "The absence of a unicorn in the modern world should not cause us to doubt its past existence."
And here I thought they'd challenge the translation!
Bwah ha ha ha ha!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2009 8:42:49 AM PDT
Rodger L. Gamblin says:
I understand where you might be offended by this, but you must understand that by many of us the Bible is considered to be a work of fiction. TMBG (or at least whomever is writing the lyrics) , myself, and many others grant no more authority to biblical stories than it deserves from a historical and literary standpoint. Because you believe differently, I can understand where you would disagree with this idea, but also try to understand where we are coming from. Thanks for reading.