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A marvelous little treatise on the difference between science and religion.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 23rd, 2003 09:05 pm (UTC)
Science
Yeah, that's a good essay. If I die, I want a quote from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig, carved into my tombstone: "The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure Nature hasn't mislead you into thinking you know something you don't actually know."

Bob
shunn
Jul. 28th, 2003 09:01 am (UTC)
Re: Science
Great quote. But if you die?
pixelfish
Jul. 24th, 2003 07:43 am (UTC)
Cool essay. I linxored it on The Foyer board that I participate in.

(Wow. You listen to Spyro Gyra.)
shunn
Jul. 25th, 2003 07:37 am (UTC)
Spyro Gyra
Spyro Gyra used to be one of my favorite bands in the world. I still own nine of their albums:

http://www.shunn.net/bill/music/artist.cgi?284

I stopped listening to them after 1987's Stories Without Words, however. In my opinion, that was their last worthwhile album. The tunesmithing quality on that album was quite high, even if the trend toward formulaic structures and solos was well on its way to becoming entrenched.

Their 1978 debut album is a classic, and one of my favorite albums ever. It sounds as fresh and exciting today as it did when I first heard it, long Jay Beckenstein's unique sax tone had become a cliché. The album closer, "Galadriel," is one of the most gorgeous instrumental numbers I've ever heard.

Subsequent albums declined a bit in quality, though the rotating cast of supporting musicians (which included most of the smaller fusion stars of the late 70s, including the Brecker Brothers) kept things interesting. But the formula didn't seem to start sinking in until around Incognito in 1982. The next few albums had a lot of good moments—Access All Areasis especially notable for capturing their intense live energy in a way the studio recordings never did—and then there was that high point with Stories Without Words.

But I've sampled the stuff since then, or heard it on the radio, and I find that they have now come to embody everything that is pompous, boring, and pointless about smooth jazz. Too bad. I used to worship them, and I saw them live at Snowbird at least four times as a teenager.

Discuss.
pixelfish
Jul. 25th, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)
Re: Spyro Gyra
My mum ran a CD store out of our house when CDs were first becoming popular, and we got a lot of music samples from various distributors, which is how I first came across them myself. I vaguely remember Carnaval, I think, and they also had a song on a mix tape that got sent to us.

I have a lot of various music that I associate with my very early childhood (ie. before I hit puberty) and that was some of it.
shunn
Jul. 28th, 2003 09:03 am (UTC)
Re: Spyro Gyra
Interesting. Spyro Gyra was some of the first music I ever bought for myself. I was probably 12 or 13 when I started digging them. Carnaval—that's one of the good albums.

What other childhood music do you recall?
pixelfish
Jul. 28th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: Spyro Gyra
Well, I also have an inexplicable fondness for Burt Bacharach's musical version of Lost Horizon though by all accounts, it's extremely mediocre as a musical. But my dad had a tape of it, and he used to play it occasionally, and so I associate several of the songs with my childhood.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
Spyro Gyra
Great, now you have me scrambling to find my Spyro Gyra CD!

It was a great article, I liked the analogy. Some people that P-Fish linxored at The Foyer mentioned that the science game may never find out about God. Maybe, maybe not. Maybe there isn't a "God".

Why does matter have inertia anyway? :-)
shunn
Jul. 25th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
Re: Spyro Gyra
You know, some guy wrote me just yesterday to tell me that no one can deny that logic dictates the necessary existence of a God, and further dictates that he must be merciful and just.

Sorry, but I disagree on both points. There's no logical need for a god, and if a creator does exist there is no need that he be merciful or just. Frankly, I would find psychotic an attribute far more easy to believe.
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