Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Roll over Handel

It's easy to listen to the desperate attempts of creationists to avoid the facts, or the dogmatic insistence of Richard Dawkins that religion has contributed nothing positive to human development, and feel that science and religion are always and inevitably at loggerheads.

But it ain't necessarily so. Sometimes science can provide supporting evidence for disputed historical scenes in the Bible, such as the romance between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. See this New Scientist article. One mustn't read too much into it, but both the genetic and the linguistic evidence is striking.

Plus it gives me an excuse to link a great piece of music. When I need to blast music at high volume through my head to clear it, the piece I most often choose is the second movement of this suite, beginning at 8:00. God only knows what it must be like to sit in a concert hall when they get to the bit at 10:29....

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