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I was fortunate to have a weekend of fine food and good company, which was topped by this Cole Porter tune, introduced to me by my friend Mike, a reformed scientist of good standing. I’m going to adopt Mr. Porter’s ditty as the unofficial song for my blog. Of course I could have used a more contemporary piece, like Thomas Dolby’s She Blinded Me With Science, but Cole Porter’s lyrics are just too perfect.
Before we leave these portals
to meet our paramortals,
there’s just one final massage I would give to you.
We all have learned reliance
on the sacred teachings of science,
so I hope through life you never will become,
in spite of philistines, defiant,
to do what all good scientists do.
Make it your motto day and night.
And it will lead you to the light.
The apple from the top of the tree
is never too high to achieve.
So take an example from me.
though interfering friends may frown.
at each attempt to hold you down.
If this advice you’ll only employ,
the future can offer you infinite joy
and you’ll see.