Symphony of Science: The Greatest Show on Earth! – A Music Video About Evolution

A musical celebration of the wonders of biology, including evolution, natural selection, DNA, and more. Featuring David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye. “The Greatest Show on Earth” is the 13th video in the Symphony of Science music videos series. Materials used in this video are from:

  • Richard Dawkins’ “There is grandeur in this view of life” speech
  • BBC Life
  • BBC Planet Earth
  • David Attenborough’s First Life
  • Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
  • Bill Nye Evolution episode

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5 Responses to Symphony of Science: The Greatest Show on Earth! – A Music Video About Evolution

  1. Wow…these people are so…confused. I beg somebody to show me evolution of one species to another. Please do it. I would love to know how these folks got so confused about where things came from. In the scientific method, you must disprove all other possibilities before you can declare your hypotheses to be what you believe to be correct. Even then, if somebody disproved yours, you are sent sprawling back to the drawing board to find out what you believe again. These myths portrayed here have not been nor will they ever be proven.

    • You're either a pretty clever troll or an idiot. The scientific method has nothing to do with disproving everything else, but testing hypothesis into oblivion and testing them again. Anything that's taught as science or published at any given time is the best we have and the result of that testing. If we had to disprove every possibility we wouldn't get anywhere. Particularly if we had to disprove the existence of something like God. Its self correcting through iteration, nothing more or less.

      Furthermore we have more evidence to support evolution than the existence of any god, and evolution even has the backing of the Pope. For what that's worth. I do particularly like your need to "see" evolution as though it happens on anything that could pass for a human timescale. For reference, according to the Wikipedia on the subject, simple, single celled organisms appeared on this planet 3.8 billion years ago. 2.8 billion years later, multicelled life. Its not exactly observable, but you can see clear markers in our DNA, and the fossil record.

      Please take your ignorance and plant it somewhere else. Hell, I barely know what I'm talking about x_x.

  2. I have seen many Christians use the line, "If humans evolved from monkeys… why are there STILL monkeys?" It's not that we evolved from them, but that we share common ancestors.

    The BIG IDEA about evolution is this: organisms change slowly over time. If you need an example of this, look at a very rapidly evolving organism. Look at viruses. Why do we need updated flu shots each year? Because the flu viruses change (mutate) very quickly. The successful ones – that is to say, the viruses survive – stick around and reproduce like crazy, while the unsuccessful ones don't reproduce as quickly.

    The neat thing about science is that if a model doesn't work anymore – or new and verifiable data doesn't fit in – the model gets updated, or changed, or somebody can come in with a different model about how things work.

    While some people might be attracted to the idea of an unchanging universe and a god who is the same from age to age, I would propose that this fits the definition of "myth" much better than rational explanations that we can update as we learn and observe and test things out.

    Science: we can haz it!

  3. I think people confuse evolution with adaptation. What I struggle with about science is that if things are not readily explainable theories are created and too often taught as fact. There are a great many things in this world that we can explain and many that we cannot. There are many things we are just learning about and finding. I believe God brought it all into existance and do not rule out that one God day could be a billion human years; but I also need to be careful not to place limits on God, my human nature needs things explained and can get in way of simple faith. I must admit that I love hearing scientists marvel at the complexity of the universe because at the end of the day my salvation and faith only grows stronger the more we realize how truly complex this world is.

  4. The Bible also mentions a tree of life. Granted, it was probably a more figurative tree, but it took the same place in human consciousness as a representation, at the centre of paradise, of both the source and goal of knowledge. Nature and knowledge was one – and significantly: God made it so.

    The real danger is becoming arrogant about that knowledge, as if the act of intelligent observation is somehow transcendental and places us above/outside creation, in the place of God. Genesis warned believers against this conceit, but it turns out the warning is just as apt in a secular environment. Whether the beauty and complexity of the world evokes spiritual or scientific wonder in you, don't confuse that wonder with the meaning of life itself. It's as tautological a conclusion for a scientist as it is for a believer.