Ten days ago I posted about a disturbing sign in a publicly funded museum; details from the original post are below:
The sign below, forwarded by a reader who just visited this institution, just went up in front of the new Nature Lab at, of all places, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County—a public museum. Nature Lab appears to be a hands-on facility where everyone, but mostly kids, can learn about how science is done. That’s a great idea, but why on earth did they have to mar it with this paean to a fictional being?
At the same time, I wrote to as well to Dr. Jane Pisano, director and president of the Museum, as well as two people at the Museum’s education and public programs office, objecting to the sign and requesting an explanation (you can see my email at the link above).
Response so far: zippo, zilch, and nada.
Either they’re pondering a response or they blew me off. I won’t pursue this further, except to point out that it’s rude to not respond to an evolutionary biologist who writes about a sign like this.