“Life’s order,” say biologist Mike Denton, “is written into the very fabric of reality itself. It’s not an add-in. It’s in there from the very beginning.”
William Butler Yeats noted, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
The highest calling for a great museum like Dixon’s is not to be a refuge. It is to be a portal — a portal for scientific discovery.
“Most Americans realize we need to learn from the past,” said John West, writer and director of the new documentary Human Zoos. “But we can’t learn from the past if we cover it up.”
Perhaps it is awe-inspiring to evolutionary biologists to try to work a puzzle, trying to find how everything is connected by common ancestry.