T​.​V​.​O​.​L. (Single)

by Baba Brinkman

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An anthem for the evolutionary view of life, which sees Darwinian processes working at multiple levels from genes to individuals to cultural artifacts and symbols, producing the amazing variety of complex behaviours and structures on display in the human and natural world.

Commissioned by TVOL Magazine
thisviewoflife.com

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E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N
Lines in your family tree unbroken
This view of life, T-V-O-L
Take a look and see for yourself


Selection selection selection
Natural, artificial and sexual
I’m lookin’ to Darwin to figure the form
Of an organ, adaptive or vestigial
Everything comes with a precedent
Genetic and cultural replicants
Selection is when one of them is successful
At passin’ it on to the next of kin

Selection selection selection
It’s like clockin’ an extra dimension
It’s like Neo perceivin’ the Matrix
Increasin’ your depth of perception
Selection selection, the reach of it’s awesome
From pollinators to trees when they blossom
From the beak of the finch to people who went
From quadrupedal to walkin’

Selection, don’t be afraid of it
Life evolved, no one created it
The genome of every organism, nature is
Always mutating and changing it
Selection selection selection
It’s a question of comprehension
Some people can see it and study it
Others believe it’s the devil’s invention

Selection, the science is settled
Every religious objection’s been vetted
And rejected, selection is happening
The only question is: in which direction?
Selection selection selection
Embrace it for all of its benefits
It’s paving the way for advances in everything
From robotics to medicine

Selection at multiple levels
Genetic and cultural symbols
Selection selected your mental capacity
To select and disseminate info
So tell me why rap is so cocky
Versace Versace Versace
Selection that’s sexual tends to go BLING!
When the signal is costly


E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N
Look at the world with two eyes open
This view of life, T-V-O-L
Learn to read it and it speaks for itself
E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N
Lines in your family tree unbroken
This view of life, T-V-O-L
Take a look and see for yourself


This view of life is magnificent
No living thing is really insignificant
Organisms are part of a tapestry
Takin’ us back to abiogenesis
And every creature is really your relative
From trees to people to krill
And it’s easy to see the resemblance
And when you spot it say “T-V-O-L”

This view of life is changing economies
People aren’t as selfish as they’re thought to be
Altruism is often adaptive and that should be
Part of our public policies
Does freedom mean freedom to kill?
Freedom to die in the street or to steal?
Look for the tragedies of the commons
And when you see them say “T-V-O-L”

This view of life is adaptable
Ready to follow wherever the facts go
Darwin just laid out the vision and showed how
Origins could be natural
He didn’t fill out the map though
There’s so much more that we can reveal
And every new fact fits into a scaffolding
Known as “T-V-O-L”

This view of life is exceptional
There isn’t another one so successful
At linkin’ together so many domains
In a way that’s simple and algorithmical
Whenever selection and variation
And heredity can be revealed
As part of a system, Darwinism
Is in effect: “T-V-O-L”

This view of life is full of grandeur
And majesty, but we lack the mastery
Of it to tackle the challenges facing
Humanity in this century
This view of life is the only way to
Make sense of how people think and feel
So make it a mission to celebrate
The vision: “T-V-O-L”


E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N
Look at the world with two eyes open
This view of life, T-V-O-L
Learn to read it and it speaks for itself
E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N
Lines in your family tree unbroken
This view of life, T-V-O-L
Take a look and see for yourself

credits

released February 12, 2017
Music Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Mr. Simmonds
Chorus Vocals by Aaron Nazrul
Additional Piano and Hammond Organ by Simon Kendall
Bass by Owen Strain

Album Art by Evolution Posters
www.evolutionposters.com

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Canadian hip-hop with an intellectual bent, nothing but sexy beats and sumptuous brain food.

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