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Autotune the Science

Most people think of autotune as that annoying thing that people who can't sing use to make themselves sound better. But for musician John Boswell and his Symphony of Science project, autotune is simply the best tool for combining science and music to show how moving science can be. Boswell's latest video, A Wave of Reason, combines parts of speeches by Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, and others talking about what they believe science is — the title derives from a snippet of a Dawkins speech in which he says a "new wave of reason" is sweeping across the world.

The Bad Astronomy blog's Phil Plait — who is featured in the video saying, "teach a man to reason, and he'll think for a lifetime" — says the best thing about Boswell's videos is their "positive message," and that "they don't berate the ideas we oppose, they glorify the ideas we support and the feelings we have."

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