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Sep 17 2012

New Symphony of Science

Warning: autotuning ahead. If you don’t like it, don’t listen.

It’s a good message: we need to address the changes we’re making to our planet.

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  1. 1
    thomasbloom

    I’ve been saying this for 50 years, but it just gets worse every year. I actually like the video and every contributor, but don’t see how it will help.

    Get out of your car, ride a bike or take a walk. Plant a garden. Do without something frivolous. Read a book about science.

    Few people will do any of these things, and the next great extinction is inevitable. So sad and pointless.

  2. 2
    blindrobin

    I guess that’s what we get for metastatic growth short sightedness, and a greedy fearful nature.

  3. 3
    Isaac

    I’ve had a tendency to think that those who refuse to accept that anthropogenic global warming is happening are those who are unwilling to take responsibility about it and do something to slow it down.

  4. 4
    vexorian

    I’ve been avoiding this video. MelodySheep is too good at turning scientists’ words into stuff that causes emotion on you. I am afraid a Symphony of Science about global warming will completely bum me out.

    So, I will instead just keep on trying to remove my footprint on this world. I am already quite terrified of it and well aware nothing our leaders are really doing nothing about it.

  5. 5
    The Lorax

    Och.. this video makes me cry. It’s really amazing. Everyone, please share it with your friends and family.

  6. 6
    unclefrogy

    I do not like autotuning generally but I do like the symphony of science use of it though. It is a good way to say the science stuff and express the emotional reaction that those who already like what science have and makes it available to people who generally do not understand the significance of any of it.
    it helps put science and scientists into more human terms.
    Published research reports do not communicate that so much.

    uncle frogy

  7. 7
    Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam

    Asimov sounds surprisingly good autotuned.

  8. 8
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Hate to break it to you PZ but the Bad Astronomer beat you to it here :

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/09/14/symphony-of-science-climate-change/

    (How do I indicate joke ghere without emoticons?)

    That’s the bad news.

    The much worse news is, well remember how we broke the record for Arctic sea ice extent last month or so? Well, it’s still falling too :

    http://climatecrocks.com/2012/09/17/sea-ice-slowing-to-minimum-not-there-yet/

    so how low can we go – and much lower in years to come?

  9. 9
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    BTW. Three and more decades ago, my alltime favourite SF author was already well aware of and discussing this HIRGO* problem.

    See on youtube :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz1g55H6XgA&feature=related

    ‘Isaac Asimov on the Greenhouse Effect: 1977′

    Plus :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6tSYRY90PA&feature=plcp
    ‘Isaac Asimov on the Greenhouse Effect: 1989.’

    Carl Sagan was talking about it too :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ5u-l9Je0s&feature=related

    Also long before the much demonised Al Gore.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @4. vexorian :

    I’ve been avoiding this video. MelodySheep is too good at turning scientists’ words into stuff that causes emotion on you. I am afraid a Symphony of Science about global warming will completely bum me out.

    Up to you but this one actually has a relatively upbeat & positive message starting with a great Attenborough quote. Its not defeatist at all but surprisingly the reverse. Worth seeing I reckon.

  11. 11
    nurnord

    PZ ! You might have stated that David Attenborough has the opening comment !

  12. 12
    a3kr0n

    Thanks for the warning.
    No no no, I’m not going back up there to listen to it.
    I’m going to bed instead.
    OK, I heard 3 seconds of Bill Nye.
    Good night.

  13. 13
    Ed Seedhouse

    I normally hate auto-tuning, but anything can be use for good, apparently! This particular example is quite wonderful. Thanks!

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