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Music Monday: Bright Eyes - “A Scale, a Mirror and Those Indifferent Clocks”

March 4, 2013

Today’s song takes me back to my angsty days where I would sit in my room with my stack of Bright Eyes albums and reflect on…well I would just reflect, or something. To be honest, this is still one of my favorite songs and one that made it less scary for me to be vocal about questioning the absoluteness of religion/god. It’s also a go-to song for me when I need to give an example of how art can reflect science (scales) and philosophy (mirrors).

Of course, I believe “A Scale, a Mirror and Those Indifferent Clocks” not only talks about science and philosophy, but also addresses the impending “disease” of nihilism that inevitably sets in when you accept that there is no divine presence dictating your worldly happenings, and that you must accept reality as it is. I find it comforting, however, to think that somehow on my journey from angsty teenager to today that I have somehow been cured of that awful disease and that I can answer that looming question at the end of today’s song, “Tell me, what was it for?” 

As always, if you get a chance, send your suggestions for future Music Mondays to me at, leave a comment below, or @tweet us at @CFIOnCampus. Your suggestions, along with future and past songs, may end up in the official Course of Reason Music Monday Grooveshark playlist or Spofity playlist that anyone can listen to.    



About the Author: Cody Hashman

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Cody Hashman is a Campus and Community Organizer at the Center for Inquiry. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Psychology, where he was the co-founder and president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers.




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