Science, Comedy, Poetry

This really is a work of art. The poetry, the animation, everything.

Of course Minchin’s argument as presented here is a bit over-simplistic. Perhaps that’s actually his view, but as someone who has never done very well with rhyme and scansion I’m in awe of anyone who can be as sophisticated as in such a medium.

I particularly love the point about how beautiful the world really is, the hint at the way the truth can be as wonderful as any fiction, with the extra wonderful substance of being true. That’s not to say there’s no place for fantasy and science fiction. But in a world that is so full of wonder, why pretend (for longer than it takes to see a film or read a book) that there are fairies at the bottom of the garden, particularly when it endangers lives.

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About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.
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