Zuckerman has written at length on the topic of secularism in society, but the thing that most caught my attention was his list of picks for the 65 greatest songs for atheists and agnostics. Among the list are some predictable favorites, such as John Lennon’s Imagine and Frank Zappa’s Jesus Thinks You’re a Jerk, but, as Zuckerman points out in the list’s introduction, not all of the songs focus on an a-religious theme. Many simply “critique faith, express healthy skepticism, laud doubt, [or] celebrate the natural world.”
One such song is #56 on his list: The Smartest Monkeys by new wave band XTC, which uses evolution as a metaphor to critique modern society:
What do you think of his list? What are your favorite songs that celebrate skepticism, rationality, and critical thinking? (Bonus points for artists who aren’t known for their skepticism!)
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