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A “Cresting Wave” of Evolutionary Spirituality

The Symphony of Science (SoS) is a musical project headed by John Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. The project owes its existence in large measure to the classic PBS Series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steve Soter, as well as all the other featured figures and visuals.

For the past 18 months our Catalyst home page has been graced by the second music video in the series, We Are All Connected, produced by SoS, featuring Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and other notables.  Today we have replaced it with one of John Boswell’s newest videos – The “Cresting Wave” of Evolutionary Spirituality – the first one themed around the quest to discover the source of spirituality and consciousness itself, and featuring so many luminaries that we will let you discover who they are.

From John Boswell –

Our first video’s highly positive reception provided motivation to elaborate on the theme of remixing scientists, which spawned the Symphony of Science project. The second video, “We Are All Connected”, was released in October 2009 on the heels of A Glorious Dawn with much success. Although the methods of remixing and tuning spoken word, combined with original electronic music and similarly themed footage, are unorthodox in the context of other science-themed music, the results have often been inspiring, humbling, and of course humorous.

The project has now produced ten full length music videos (see the home page), and expanded to include and rely on much more input from the community and collaborations with peers. Since its launch in Fall 2009, Symphony of Science has been featured on NPR, Wired, The Scientist, Attack of the Show, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Bad Astronomy, Coast to Coast AM, The Examiner, [email protected], and many more radio shows, magazines and websites. The videos have attracted over 16 million views online, contributing to the release of the first song, A Glorious Dawn, on a special 7″ 45rpm vinyl single through Jack White’s record label Third Man Records.


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