Darwin's Land of Make-Believe
Darwin supporters use cartoons and rap music to push their message to humans—and aliens.
Without choking or spitting, Jon Cohen reports for Science Magazine, “Here’s what happens when you combine science with hip hop, comic books, and zombies.” His smile seems to suggest that he thinks this is a great idea. Whatever gets the YouTube culture to accept evolution can’t be all bad:
Remember when the first life was cells in soup? Now they’re everywhere from my brain to the chicken coop. Those were lyrics a middle school science teacher threw down at “Comics, Zombies, and Hip-Hop”, a session today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science).
The teacher, Tom McFadden of the Nueva School in Hillsborough, California, explained how he builds enthusiasm for science by having his students write hip hop lyrics and then make videos. In a packed room at the meeting, he danced through an evolution song his students wrote, “This is How Life Builds from 3.5 ’Til,” – a send up of hip-hop act Souls of Mischief’s “’93 ’Til Infinity”. McFadden chanted:
So there’s this is [sic] little theory, some people fear it,
But if you want to know the history of life, you gotta hear it
Over at NASA-funded Astrobiology Magazine, the cartoon series “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa” is up to episode 19. The NASA astrobiologists are very excited to be spending taxpayer dollars this way:
Astrobiology Magazine is proud to launch a new comic strip, “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa.” This fictional series is inspired by the classic alien invasion tales of the early 20th century, and will visit science topics like terraforming, climate change, icy moons, alien communication, and “life as we know it.”
In episode 19, the evil U.S. military brass are about to launch an invasion against the Europa snowmen who are just trying to help earthlings fight global warming.
National Geographic elaborated on the theme, “We are stardust,” with a hat tip to Joni Mitchell at Woodstock. Reporter Simon Worrall gives Karel and Iris Schrijver an open mike in which to speculate on all the ways stardust effects our lives (after it formed us in the first place), based on their new book, Living With the Stars: How the Human Body Is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars. Joni Mitchell was right, Worrall says; “Was she ever!” is their reply, as they trace the human body back to primordial hydrogen and helium.
ABC News is worried about sending messages to the aliens. “Should We Call the Cosmos Seeking ET?” AP science writer Seth Borenstein asks. “Or Is That Risky?” Not to worry; the SETI researcher gang (Seth Shostak, Doug Vakoch, Frank Drake etc.) explain that by the time aliens pick up our signals, we’ll be long gone, goner than the Romans are to us.
Eric Hand covered a SETI gathering for Science Magazine. The leading lights of SETI held a mini-debate at a meeting of the AAAS. Hand gives a fist bump to astrophysicist David Brin who thinks we should keep quiet, not assuming the benevolence of the aliens. As for the debate about broadcasting to them, “It’s an area where opinion rules, and everyone has a fierce opinion.” Brin was not amused by a stunt in 2008 when “the tortilla chip company Doritos sent an advertisement from a radar station in Norway to a potentially habitable star system 42 light-years away.”
But Pallab Ghosh on the BBC News thinks we should let it all hang out. In his piece, “Scientists in US are urged to seek contact with aliens,” he covers scientists at the AAAS meeting who think “it is time to try actively to contact intelligent life on other worlds.” (This is known as “active SETI” or “METI”—Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.) Two video clips in the article give voice to the SETI enthusiasts who are thinking about what message we should send. The first clip shows Tweets various earthlings thought up, like “Avoid Washington DC—no intelligent life there” and “Keep back. We’re really just monkeys that use fire. Make sure we don’t get loose in the universe!” Another is short and to the point: “Help!”
Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer (and former director) of the SETI Institute, is not worried about how to act for the aliens. He thinks we should just be ourselves. Maybe, for good measure, just send the whole internet so the aliens can figure us out.
“Everything says evolution is a fact,” conservative commentator George Will said Feb. 12th on Fox News, in response to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s wavering response to a UK reporter about evolution. “Get over it.” Others on the panel were more open to the Republican governor’s right to question Darwin’s theory. Charles Krauthammer offered the popular compromise position that one can believe in God and evolution.
Unyielding insistence that people must believe Darwinian evolution, though, with or without accurate storytelling, won Neil de Grasse Tyson the Discovery Institute’s annual award, Censor of the Year.
“Make believe” has two meanings that both fit Darwinists perfectly. The first is their fantasyland so well illustrated in the stories above, culminating in Tyson’s “Spaceship of the Imagination” he flew in Cosmos 2.0 (at least on some animator’s storyboard). The second is Darwinists’ drive to make everyone believe evolution. They want to make people believe in their make-believe universe. So get over it, get with it, and hip hop your tweet to the aliens: “if you want to know the history of life, you gotta hear it.”
We live in strange times. The nuts are running the science lab, and calling us nuts if we laugh at their clown hats.
Exercise: Join the fantasy! Sing rap or hip-hop versions of our Evolution Songs.