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Symphony of Science ----- 'Our Place in the Cosmos'

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Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

[Narrator] With every century

Our eyes on the universe have been opened anew

We are witness

To the very brink of time and space

[Robert Jastrow] We must ask ourselves

We who are so proud of our accomplishments

What is our place in the cosmic perspective of life?

[Carl Sagan] The exploration of the cosmos

Is a voyage of self discovery

As long as there have been humans

We have searched for our place in the cosmos

[Richard Dawkins] Are there things about the universe

That will be forever beyond our grasp?

Are there things about the universe that are Ungraspable?

[Sagan] One of the great revelations of space exploration

Is the image of the earth, finite and lonely

Bearing the entire human species

Through the oceans of space and time

[Dawkins] Matter flows from place to place

And momentarily comes together to be you

Some people find that thought disturbing

I find the reality thrilling

[Sagan] As the ancient mythmakers knew

We're children equally of the earth and the sky

In our tenure on this planet, we've accumulated

Dangerous evolutionary baggage

We've also acquired compassion for others,

Love for our children,

And a great soaring passionate intelligence

The clear tools for our continued survival

[Robert Jastrow] We must ask ourselves

We who are so proud of our accomplishments

What is our place in the cosmic perspective of life?

[Michio Kaku] We could be in the middle

Of an inter-galactic conversation

And we wouldn't even know

[Richard Dawkins] Are there things about the universe

That will be forever beyond our grasp?

Are there things about the universe that are Ungraspable?

[Sagan] One of the great revelations of space exploration

Is the image of the earth, finite and lonely

Bearing the entire human species

Through the oceans of space and time

[Dawkins] Matter flows from place to place

And momentarily comes together to be you

Some people find that thought disturbing

I find the reality thrilling

[Sagan] We've begun at last

To wonder about our origins

Star stuff contemplating the stars

Tracing that long path

Our obligation to survive and flourish

Is owed not just to ourselves

But also to that cosmos

Ancient and vast, from which we spring

One of the great revelations of space exploration

Is the image of the earth, finite and lonely

Bearing the entire human species

Through the oceans of space and time

[Dawkins] Matter flows from place to place

And momentarily comes together to be you

Some people find that thought disturbing

I find the reality thrilling

Think that how many stars

and planets and kinds of life there may be

in this vast and awesome Universe.

With every century

Our eyes on the universe have been opened anew

We are witness

To the very brink of time and space.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 20 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Views: 144
Posted by: davidd on May 14, 2011

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Crafted using samples from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Richard Dawkins' Genius of Charles Darwin series, Dawkins' TED Talk, Stephen Hawking's Universe series, Michio Kaku's interview on Physics and aliens, plus added visuals from Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, History Channel's Universe series, and IMAX Cosmic Voyage. The themes present in this song are intended to explore our understanding of our origins within the universe, and to challenge the commonplace notion that humans have a superior or privleged position, both on our home planet and in the universe itself.

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