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Here’s a recent segment on the Public Radio International show “Living on Earth”, featuring songs and a wide-ranging interview about the project. What do hip hop and Darwin have in common? According to rapper Baba Brinkman, a lot. He’s the … Continue reading
Cross posted from www.bababrinkman.com Last Wednesay Jamie and I performed the Rap Guide to Evolution for a group of 120 students and teachers at Union County High School in East Tennessee, and I’m proud but also sorry to say there … Continue reading
Recently a (very amusing) comment was posted on the video page for Natural Selection, which deserves a comprehensive response. Catherine Borgard writes: I loved this and I would really like to use a version of it in my high school … Continue reading
Welcome to the Rap Guide to Evolution Blog! We will be taking a closer look at the science behind the lyrics and hopefully intrigue you. This is an interactive discussion, so if you have a comment, idea, spot a mistake … Continue reading
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- Lechar Snomel: No matter what side people are on in a discussion, it is important to know that one's knowledge/ understanding/point of view of a subject will not be accepted if each person comes out with both barrels. If someone REALLY wants to have their point heard and honestly considered, they should be careful not to offend the people with whom they are trying to communicate. So, no matter what side, creationist or evolutionist, if they can't say something nice, maybe they shouldn't say anything at all. No one wants to be talked down to. No one wants to be bashed. There are narrow- minded people on both sides of this particular issue. And if we are honest about it, we will see that. We should always ask ourselves," am I really trying to understand this persons point of view?" If we are still trying to argue or put down the other person, then the answer is no.
- Baba: Entirely understandable, but please consider adding one of the other videos, maybe Artificial Selection or I'm A African. I wrote and recorded those lines before the project morphed into an education initiative, and I concede they aren't appropriate for all audiences. That's rap for you!
- Alice: I was ready to put this in our scheme of work until the line about God 'jerkin off'. I'm afraid that totally ruins the educational value
- Baba: It's because social constructivists deny the relevance of evolution to understanding human behaviour, which is why David Sloan Wilson calls it "Cultural Creationism". Here's his exposition of the issues, which was influential for me: http://www.obscurum.se/Wilson,%20D.S.%20on%20Social%20Constructivism%20.pdf
- Baba: Hey Tucker, thanks for your comment. I have a couple of potential expressions of interest for Oregon so hopefully we can make something happen for 2013. Email me through my website if you have a venue in mind.