June 17, 2010
My old friend Jeremy Fox, an ecology professor at the University of Calgary, alerted me to the video below, a live performance of Performance, Feedback, Revision taken from the album The Rap Guide to Evolution by Baba Brinkman. The song is interesting for at least a couple of reasons. First, it (and the rest of the album) grew out of a dialog between Brinkman, a professional "rap troubadour," and Mark Pallen, an evolutionary biologist. Second, it uses the analogy of making music to explain how evolution works, and does so in a reasonably accurate and compelling way. Watch for the freestyle section where Brinkman introduces some new "mutations" into his song!