Sunday, December 28, 2008
Hush, Hush, Sweet Scientist
The traveling exhibit that started at the American Museum of Natural History and moved to the Museum of Science, Boston, the Field Museum, Chicago and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, has now reached its natural home at the Natural History Museum, London. And, wouldn't you know it, those dogmatic British Darwinists are displaying their intellectual bias against "alternative science," namely, Intelligent Design! As Martin Belam paraphrased it:
There was also a video loop at the end showing members of the Natural History Museum staff expressing their views on the topic. 'Intelligent design' was decried as pseudo-science, and the mutations of organisms like the HIV virus and MRSA were cited as examples of natural selection in action around us. Sandy Knapp put it clearest, saying she felt that evidence based theories should be taught in science class, and faith-based beliefs should be taught in religious class.
I was really heartened to see that rather than opting for a safe "Well, some people believe x and that's ok too" attitude, a scientific exhibition had decided to say outright "Well, some people believe x and it is unscientific nonsense".
Where will it end?
Or perhaps we will all end up like a certain member of the crew of the starship used to illustrate the preceding post.