Darwin: The Evolution Revolution

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...is the title of a [url=http://www.rom.on.ca/darwin/evolution_revolution.php]new exhibition[/url] at the Royal Ontario Museum, now till August 4.

I was skeptical about it, but it got a rave review from the Globe and Mail's [url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080307.wdarwin08/BN... Taylor[/url] today, so I think I will go see it.

This exhibition opened in late 2005 at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, after which it traveled to Boston’s Museum of Science and thence to The Field Museum in Chicago. After Toronto it will go to the Natural History Museum in London from October 2008 to March 2009, timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.

If anyone else sees it, let us know what you think.

ETA: Margaret Wente says:


Despite ecstatic reviews in New York, where the show originated, the ROM couldn't rustle up a single corporate sponsor. [b]Even in Canada, no public company dared to link its name to Charles Darwin....[/b]

This timidity is nothing new. "In the 1980s, we planned to open a Gallery of Evolution," says Allan Baker, who heads the ROM's Department of Natural History. "But there was too much opposition."

The Darwin show could hardly be described as controversial. It is a treasure trove of Darwin's original specimens, manuscripts and notes, and traces his life and times from his early years collecting beetles to the publication of the works that shook society to the core. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the ROM and several other leading museums in the U.S. and Britain, [b]it has yet to find a single corporate sponsor anywhere.[/b]

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Toronto has become the first host city for the exhibit to actually find sponsors!

Mind you, they're not exactly Scotiabank or Ford Motor Co. They've lined up the [b]Humanist Association of Canada[/b] and [b]The United Church Observer[/b] magazine. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]


It's a good exhibit--I took my kids, ten and thirteen, along with another ten-year-old, last week. The younger ones found the evolution stuff a bit dry, and we ended up rushing through more quickly than I would have. I was trying to read Darwin's letters when I was dragged off to the dinosaur gallery (also way cool).


So who has read "Darwin's Black Box" by Michael Behe? Anyone? [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]