"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution

From Wikipedia: ~

"Do the Evolution" is a song by Pearl Jam, from the album Yield. Like All of Yield, Do the Evolution was heavily influenced by the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. The lyrics paint a dire and pessimistic view of humanity as a thoughtlessly selfish and violent species, so enamored of its own achievements that it is blinded to its faults. It also shows how history repeats itself.

The video begins with the evolution of life, from the smallest cell to the extinction of dinosaurs and reign of homo sapiens.

The video evolves into depicting human beings in violent yet historically true scenes such as a knight preparing for the coming slaughter during the Crusades, a ritual dance by America's infamous KKK, a rally by Nazi troops, carnage upon a World War I-era battlefield, the apparent rape of a young woman, and the bombing of a Vietnamese village by an American jet, the pilot of which removes his mask to reveal a skull laughing wildly.

The video concludes in what seem to be future scenarios of the self-destruction of the human race, including the carpet bombing of a city by futuristic aircraft, computers hijacking the human mind, and finally a nuclear explosion which leaves a city in ruins.

Pearl Jam - "Do the Evolution" Lyrics

Woo..I'm ahead, I'm a man
I'm the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
I'm at peace with my lust
I can kill 'cause in God I trust, yeah
It's evolution, baby
I'm at peace, I'm the man
Buying stocks on the day of the crash
On the loose, I'm a truck
All the rolling hills, I'll flatten 'em out, yeah
It's herd behavior, uh huh
It's evolution, baby
Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, he's my clone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
This land is mine, this land is free
I'll do what I want but irresponsibly
It's evolution, baby
I'm a thief, I'm a liar
There's my church, I sing in the choir:(hallelujah, hallelujah)
Admire me, admire my home
Admire my son, admire my clones
'Cause we know, appetite for a nightly feast
Those ignorant Indians got nothin' on me
Nothin', why?
Because... it's evolution, baby!
I am ahead, I am advanced
I am the first mammal to make plans, yeah
I crawled the earth, but now I'm higher
2010, watch it go to fire
It's evolution, baby
Do the evolution
Come on, come on, come on




Anonymous godlesscod said...

Disturbing but cool video!
I needed cheering up after watching
that, so ended up watching this:

Ricky Gervais - The Bible


17/7/06 8:34 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE cod: ~

Yes, ty, I might blog that guy. But do you think people who weren't part of the commonwealth would understand his humour?

BTW, I think he is hilarious. :)

17/7/06 11:31 am  
Blogger Jon Cox said...


17/7/06 2:56 pm  
Anonymous Clint said...

Incredible video for a great song. Gotta love those howls from Mr. Vedder.

17/7/06 3:13 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE jon and clint ... >> ty :)

17/7/06 5:32 pm  
Blogger Larry Bonewend said...

This has been my favorite music video clip for many years - glad to see it's been YouTube'd.

I had no idea it was based on Ishmael - always seemed to be based on reality to me. (Except for the skull-faced girl bit...)

17/7/06 8:43 pm  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I used to like Pearl Jam but he obviously hates Americans and Christians in general. Notice how he only uses American images of violence in his videos. Typical left wing antiAmerican propagandist....

18/7/06 12:18 am  
Blogger olly said...

Awesome to see some recognition for a great song, great video, by a great band...

...and one I'm going to see in concert for the 5th time in about 5 days!!! :)


18/7/06 3:23 am  
Anonymous godlesscod said...

Beep, to be honest, I never understood why people find Ricky so funny, that video clip is one of his exceptions.

'But do you think people who weren't part of the commonwealth would understand his humour?'

I can imagine a tribe of Peruvian Indians watching Ricky, throughout with blank faces - then at the end, one of them realised someone had forgot to dub the damn thing - then laughted!

British humour is the best, OK, mine may not be, but I do try.

18/7/06 4:07 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE: larry ~
Apparently it is based on Ishmael, the novle by Daniel Quinn.

To do the film clip justice, I suppose I could read the book. But, I like the clip and music even without the underlying meaning of the book.

To me, it is merely commenting on the social/cultural evolution of civilizations. But primarily, the evolution of powerful ones.

And it seems to give a dire warning concerning our aggressive, violent means of conflict resolution.

Species which can alter behaviours which are no longer beneficial, increase their chances of survival. (or so it appears to me.)

18/7/06 9:58 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE olly:

I have only seen them once.
Free tickets too which was a huge bonus. :)

Yeah, you are a PJ addict if you see them 5 times ...

RE cod:

Not a hope in hell that people outside the commonwealth are gunna find that guy funny. lol
He does a classic case of taking the piss. More power to him.

RE jeff:

Don't be such an emotional little basket-case. Not everything in the world has to agree with you.
Your "hitler petticoat" is showing, sweetheart.

18/7/06 10:05 am  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Hitler was a Socialist, my dear. That is something I will never be.....

18/7/06 12:39 pm  
Blogger Krystalline Apostate said...

The video's been removed, due to copyright violation, according to youtube.

18/7/06 1:48 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE ra:

Thanks for letting me know. I think I found another one. See how long this one lasts? lol

18/7/06 2:01 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE the troll:

Firstly, I am not your dear, so stop that condescending crap.

Secondly, you are a fascist just like hitler was.

18/7/06 2:11 pm  
Anonymous Jeff said...

And you are a commie, my dear.....

24/7/06 6:25 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE the troll:

"Re the troll:
How about we avoid being either?
The world doesn't need repressive regimes. It doesn't need fascism nor any other totalitarian regime."

Communism, if you are referring to the USSR, was an example of an authoritarian state. I think I covered my position on authoritarianism.

Let me simplify it for you.

Individual rights / individual freedoms / civil rights = yum yum.

authoritarian regimes / cronyism /nepotism / collective mindset = yuck yuck.

24/7/06 10:35 am  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Atheism=Communism=authoritarian regimes=nepotism=collective mindset

Christianity=Individual rights/individual freedoms/civil rights

24/7/06 11:45 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE the troll

And now for the troll's next logical fallacy, that of CONFLATION.

In logic, CONFLATION is the error of treating two distinct concepts as if they were one.

Not only are you conflating 2 distinct concepts as if they are a singular concept, you try to do it with 5 distinct, discrete concepts.

Atheism. communism, authoritarian regimes, nepotism, and collective mindset are 5 distinct concepts.

1 Atheism = no belief in gods.

2 Communism = economic system

3 Authoritarianism = absolute obedience to authority

4 Collective mindset = everyone thinking as one

5 Nepotism = favoritism to relatives in business/politics

When you claim that these things are the same, you are committing the logical fallacy of conflation.

Atheists are a very loose group of individuals who, by definition, need to only have a lack of belief in gods in common. So atheists are people who are least likely to have a collective mindset as they follow no prescribed formula or prescribed worldview.

Therefore some atheists could be communists, but not all atheists ARE communists. It is in no way prescriptive for atheists to be communists or socialists or capitalists.

Atheists could be described as anti-authoritarian as they do not subscribe to the most traditional or conservative authority figures and groups. Religion is one of the most authoritative, conservative hierarchies and atheists certainly wish no part of it.

I haven't seen evidence that atheists are more inclined to nepotism than any other group.

Ok, onto the troll's next conflation.

Christianity, Individual rights, individual freedoms, and civil rights are once again 4 distinct concepts. You cannot treat them as if they are the same concept.

1 Christianity is a religious belief.

2,3&4 Individual rights, individual freedoms and civil rights are mentioned in the classical definition of "liberalism."

(LIBERALISM: A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the AUTONOMY OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND FAVOURING CIVIL AND POLITICAL LIBERTIES, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority.)

Christians used the bible as evidence as to why slavery was condoned by god. That doesn't sound too much like supporting individual rights, individual freedoms and civil rights to me.

In summary, christians have a collective mindset as they share a common dogma or set of beliefs. Christians are extremely authoritarian and they are only concerned about THEIR individual rights and freedoms. In fact, Bush Snr claimed that atheists should NOT be granted the same liberties as christians.

Christianity is based on hierarchies of authority. Christians worhsip and abase themselves to what they see as the ultimate authority, that is >> god.. and they require and demand that everyone do the same. And of course, the most obvious example of nepotism in the christian world is the case of bush snr and bushlite.

Certainly being a liberal atheist is NOT an instance of conflation.
I will continue to be a liberal atheist, and you will probably continue to be an authoritarian christian fascist who needs to learn about logical fallacies.

25/7/06 2:03 am  
Anonymous Jeff said...

"I haven't seen evidence that atheists are more inclined to nepotism than any other group."

No, that one especially fits the bill, as do the rest as they are definitely common characteristics in the atheism seen in China and North Korea.

I guess I'm just looking at nations that operate under a fairly strict doctrine of atheist ideology and judge the 'fruits' of this mindset. Surely, there are differing levels of atheism but no real nations can say they are predominantly made up of atheists like the Chinese and North Koreans can....

26/7/06 8:05 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

RE the troll:

"No, that one especially fits the bill, as do the rest as they are definitely common characteristics in the atheism seen in China and North Korea."

Cronyism isn't a dynamic associated specifically with god belief or with governments without god belief.

Cronyism is economic favouritism which occurs because there are not checks and balances in government to prevent it from happening.

Cronyism, or business favours is rampant in the west. We just have a different way of expressing it.
Political lobbying, donations to political parties, economic deals struck for favours, all of these things occur in the west, though most are loath to associate them with cronyism.

Terms which are almost obsolete in the west which describe the dangers of cronyism are "conflict of interest" and "vested interest".

A "conflict of interest" can be defined as any situation in which an individual or corporation (either private or governmental) is in a position to exploit a professional or official capacity in some way for their personal or corporate benefit.

In the case of "vested interest", if a politician own shares in a company which may be awarded a lucrative government contract, he or she may have a vested interest in seeing that the company wins the contract.

In fact many people in the west would be incapable of recognising a "conflict of interest" when it occurred as it seems to be part of the modern business paradigm now.

But certainly whether cronyism exists in governments or as part of political processes, is not dependent upon god belief or the lack of it. Once again you seem to want to conflate 2 disparate and discrete concepts and suggest that one causes or is the result of the other.

Example: Cronyism and nepotism were both rampant in many monarchies. All monarchies (as far as I am aware) claimed divine right as god's representative and ruler of the people. That is, they ruled as kings or queens through the will of godand with the "advice of god."

Yet I would not dare to make the conflated argument that religious governments lead to cronyism and nepotism.

An argument I would be more sure of would be: ~ Where there is less public accountability, there is more chance of cronyism and nepotism. Checks and balances in government is what might protect the society from cronyism, not god belief or the lack of it.

26/7/06 9:32 am  

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