SONG: “Better Man”

SONG:

“Better Man” [Download]
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ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Just thinking about science triggers moral behavior,” Scientific American, 27 August 2013, as used in the post “Thinking about science makes us better people.”

ABSTRACT: It’s been a rough month, but here I am with a song. Listening to it now, I kinda wonder if this really should have been two songs – an instrumental with lots of beepy, skronky parts, and something quieter with acoustic guitar and nothing else. That’s kind of how I wrote it, noisy thing and then quieter words. Maybe it needs a bridge….

I’m kinda fond of the lyrics right now.

There’s the whole reason meaning purpose and reason meaning rationality thing. Hopefully, if I’ve done this correctly, just listening to the words will do what the experimenters’ first phase did – prime listeners to think about science, thus drawing them towards their better selves.

V1:
Let us suppose that kindness improves all outcomes,
And reason – will keep us rational.
Further suppose that kindess is rarely easy.
A reason – to find a purpose.

Logic dictates we embrace more efficient methods
We reason – by asking questions.
With every mistake, every breakthrough will be recorded
Our reason – to make things better.

CH:
All the figuring and facts
So much better than the acts
In helping me – to be / a better man

Every book that I’ve consulted
Every crook that I’ve insulted
Is helping me – to be / a better man

V2:
The child with the outstretched smile
Seeks the hand of a damaged man,
And reason – predicts an outcome.
The strangers who pass in the street
Glassy eyes for the strangers they meet
Needing reasons – to make connections

The time between anger and act
Can be fought with the force of the fact
And reason – keeps asking questions.
The hunger you think that you hide
Behind layers of laughter and pride
Needs reasons – to feed the fire.

CH:
All the figuring and facts
So much better than the acts
In helping me – to be / a better man

Every book that I’ve consulted
Every crook that I’ve insulted
Is helping me – to be / a better man

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