To Be Confirmed

Today was supposed to be a good day.

Posted on: February 12, 2009

Then I go and hear that The Ulster Museum in Belfast is facing opposition to it’s forthcoming Darwin exhibition.

Some fellow named Mervyn Storey from the DUP has threatened legal action against the museum unless they show a creationist exhibition to counter the Darwin one.

He said,  “In the past, when I have written to the museum about necessity to show the public an alternative to Darwin’s theory (and let’s stress it is still only a theory), they have been quite dismissive.”

Great way to start there Mervyn with a complete and utter misunderstanding of the word theory. Theory does not mean some cock brained idea someone pulled out of the air from nothing like “intelligent design”, it actually refers to a unifying principle based around a set of observations or a body of facts. Show us some evidence to the contary that the theory of evolution is wrong and the scientific community will gladly, albeit rather sheepishly, tear up the reference books and start again. I very much doubt that will ever happen but the difference between a good sceptic and a kook is we are willing to change our minds so long as you provide the evidence.

There are many theory’s in science perhaps Mervyn would like to apply the same rhetoric to the theory of relativity and tell the victims of Hiroshima that it was ‘only a theory’ that destroyed their homes. OK a slightly morbid link but you get my point.

Later on Mr Storey accuses Darwin of being a racist, which is frankly disgusting behavior from a so called representative of Ireland and a clear example of an ad hominem attack. Bah, he wasn’t a racist by the way, from what I read at the very good exhibition at the British Library I understand he was quite ahead of the times in that respect.

Please email your support to The Ulster Museum I am sure they will appreciate it.

Right that’s enough for one day.

* Update

For what it’s worth I sent the following to the Museum;

After reading Mervyn Storey’s comments on the forthcoming Darwin Exhibition I would like to send you my support for the exhibition. I think it appalling that a so called representative of Ireland should use his influence to threaten an important institution such as yourselves. I recently went to the Darwin exhibition at the British Library which was excellent. I wish you all the luck with yours and hope that you do not allow the minority of narrow minded folk to effect the enjoyment of the majority. Perhaps if you invited Mr Storey along to your exhibition then he might change his mind, though unfortunately I doubt it.


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