By which of course I mean the bare naked ladies song which is the theme song of the tv show with the same name. The song (and the show) are annoyingly inaccurate when it comes to science. Let me give examples:
“Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!”
Good so far…
“”Since the dawn of man” is really not that long,
As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song.”
Bullshit. Galaxy formation takes millions of years, this is due to stellar objects (which move incredibly fast) having to traverse distances so massive that even if they were traveling at the speed of light (the fastest it is physically possible to travel in our universe) they would still need to maintain that speed for about a hundred thousand years to cross the span of a galaxy like ours. So no, billions of stars did not gather gradually by gravitational forces into collections of stars around massive black holes which themselves take many millions of years to form in “less time than it takes to sing this song”. That’s like saying the middle ages took less time than it takes to blink, it’s beyond asinine. Even the creationists give god 24 hours to make the stars. As a science nerd I am very disappointed.
“A fraction of a second and the elements were made.”
Okay now they’re just pissing me off. Elements form through the conversion of hydrogen into helium and heavier elements – just the formation of stars is thought to take a loooong time, let alone the lifecycle of the star (which in the shortest lived stars takes tens of millions of years) having to come to an end in order for a supernova to produce every element heavier than iron. Add to that that stars only formed about a billion years after the big bang once the universe cooled to the point where star formation was possible and yeah, total BS.
“The bipeds stood up straight,
The dinosaurs all met their fate,
They tried to leap but they were late
And they all died (they froze their asses off)”
We don’t know how the dinosaurs went extinct, there are several possible explanations.
“The oceans and pangea
See ya wouldn’t wanna be ya
Set in motion by the same big bang!”
I am not sure why you wouldn’t want to be an ocean or the super-continent that broke apart to form 7 continents, but okay…
“It all started with the big BANG!”
Well, that’s as far as we can trace it back.
“It’s expanding ever outward but one day
It will cause the stars to go the other way,
Collapsing ever inward, we won’t be here, it wont be hurt
Our best and brightest figure that it’ll make an even bigger bang!”
So-called “big crunch” cosmology has been considered debunked for almost a decade now. To be fair it was discovered that the universe was expanding at an increasing rate the year before they wrote the song, so maybe they’re just not as up on their physics. Still, they can’t google it?
“Australopithecus would really have been sick of us
Debating out while here they’re catching deer (we’re catching viruses)
Religion or astronomy, Encarta, Deuteronomy
It all started with the big bang!”
Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology
It all started with the big bang!
It all started with the big BANG!”
The show bugs me. I’ve only seen a little here or there but it reminds me of the scifi show Eureka that started out clever and funny and ended up like in the second or third season sounding like a non-nerd trying to write a nerd show. There were just so many stupid “science” references (like elements “mutating” into other elements – god how moronic). I couldn’t watch the show anymore. Such a shame. It’s like when they say “evolution” in movies, most of the time it’s so un-scientific it makes me cringe. Not that I don’t like scifi and fantasy, but when a show is supposed to take place in our universe with our science then get it right people. It’s not like americans aren’t scientifically illiterate enough already (1 in 5 when polled say the sun revolves around the earth).