Friday, February 13, 2009

Evolution

I meant to post this yesterday, the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. However,
  1. I don't put much stock in anniversaries, which simply reflect the repeating cyclical nature of planetary motion, and
  2. I wasn't done yet.
Anyway, with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan, ...

Audio

Darwin:
My eyes are fully open to The Origin of Species.
That’s the title of my book in which I put forth several theses
On the way that things adapt by means of natural selection,
Which is nature’s mechanism for the species’ own protection.
For it shows how organisms in environments precarious
Can over generations thrive by adaptations various.
And if you still believe in the old story of the garden
With young Adam and his Eve, then I shall have to beg your pardon.
Chorus:
He will have to beg your pardon.
Darwin:
Yes, I’ll have to beg your pardon.
Chorus:
He will have to beg your pardon.
Darwin:
Yes, I’ll have to beg your pardon.
I shall have to beg your pardon.
I shall have to beg your pardon.
I shall have to beg your pardon, pardon, pardon, pardon, pardon.

Darwin:
You really should consider this idea of evolution.
To the question of diversity, it’s quite a good solution.
Though you may think the Galápagos a kind of a nirvana
With the co-existing mockingbird, finch, tortoise and iguana,
It is peaceful on the surface as you’ll note on your arrival
But these species are engaged in brutal struggles for survival,
Which occasionally lead to fights that will the stillness shatter,
Though as nature takes no sides the outcome really doesn’t matter.
Chorus:
No, it really doesn’t matter.
Darwin:
Yes, it really doesn’t matter.
Chorus:
Yes, it really doesn’t matter.
Darwin:
No, it really doesn’t matter.
So it really doesn’t matter.
So it really doesn’t matter.
So it really doesn’t matter, matter, matter, matter, matter.

Darwin:
I stand behind this theory though it isn’t yet quite flawless
And I have to share the credit with young Alfred Russel Wallace.
I don’t condone my cousin’s sort of mental calisthenics
Which have tried to use this theory just to justify eugenics.
I suppose with any breakthrough like this one on evolution
There is bound to be some harm in the ensuing revolution.
So some people keep engaging in selective breeding chatter.
While to others ideas not found in the Bible do not matter.
Chorus:
So these ideas do not matter.
Darwin:
So these ideas do not matter.
Chorus:
So these ideas do not matter.
Darwin:
So these ideas do not matter.
So these ideas do not matter.
So these ideas do not matter.
So these ideas do not matter, matter, matter, matter, matter.
So some people keep engaging in selective breeding chatter.
While to others ideas not found in the Bible do not matter.