We Are Science Probes

Still from

Still from “We Are Science Probes.” Full clip of movie below.

In animation, a parable about the dangers of being intentionally ignorant of science. In the not-distant-enough future, a probe from another planet arrives on Earth after the demise of human civilization. Unfortunately, the probes land in Kansas, the land of creationism and woo. The plot thickens.

[My apologies — the version I found did not come with a “pause” button.  It will play automatically when you open this post.  Fortunately, it’s almost perfectly safe-for-work.  If you don’t like the music, turn it off.  There is no spoken dialogue in the cartoon.  If you wish to pause the playing of the cartoon, right click to get to the Adobe Flash Player controls.  To pause the playing click the checkmark next to “play.”]

[Update August 18 — Okay, I give up — 100% of comments I’ve been getting ran against the video without the “start” or “pause” buttons.  You’ll have to go see it at another site — here, for example.]

[Years later, it’s on Youtube!]

Found it at a site called NewGrounds, which includes several other animation pieces.  The piece was created by a group that goes by the handle Billy Blob.

Sure would love this group to turn their creative faculties to hard history — say, the Progressive Movement and Gilded Age.  (Probably less chance of commercialization there, and perhaps less chance of awe-striking art, too.)

Tip of the old scrub brush to P. Z. Myers at Pharyngula.


4 Responses to We Are Science Probes

  1. Porlock Junior says:

    Very good toon.

    But speaking of tunes, I do wish people wouldn’t post with auto-playing sound tracks. Like sparrow1969 I tend to bring up a bunch of pages and then go through them, and it’s irritating to have noises coming out suddenly as the things load.


  2. sparrow1969 says:

    Interesting video. I had so many posts in the list, it took me a long time to figure out where the sounds were coming from.


  3. thomas says:

    Fascinating. Thank you for this. I am convinced that those who long for eternal ignorance deserve the darkness in which they live.



  4. Ellie says:

    Very interesting. I think I’ll have to wander over there and see what else is available. I do have to admit, my favorite part was the scene in front of the library with the eyeglasses.

    Unfortunately, the ones who need to see this, never will.


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