From the moment you walk in:
We know that it is Darwinian because the only statue in Fossil Hall is one of Charles Darwin. No other biologist is on display: not John Ray, not Georges Cuvier, Louis Agassiz, not Richard Owen, not Louis Pasteur, or any other great biologist or paleontologist who believed in a creator. It’s all Darwin, and only Darwin, everywhere in the museum. Smithsonian Magazine confirms this purpose:
The quote is a unifying theme of the hall and centers around the idea that life on Earth is forever changing, was changing in the past and will change again. That’s also why a bronze statue of Charles Darwin sits at the center of the exhibition. With his notebook in hand, the sculpture of Darwin is seated on a bench, as if he’s just exhausted himself touring the show. Sit down beside him and take a look at the open page of his journal. There you’ll find recreated his first-ever sketch that he made of his “tree of life.” With ancient creatures branching off to modern-day animals, this was the catalytic moment when Darwin realized with all certainty that all plants and animals are related.Evolution News, “At the Smithsonian, the Nation’s Museum, It’s All Darwin, All the Time” at Evolution News and Science Today (November 17, 2021)
This is hagiography, to be sure. But do the hagiographers know what time it is?
Even now, Darwin’s bulldog Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895) is threatened with Cancellation:
At The Times of London: “Charles Darwin will be next if his great defender is toppled” Huh? What? If Huxley (or Darwin) is cancelled, “the practice of science itself no longer matters.” Well, that’s true but for Cancel Culture, that’s a feature, not a bug. It shows their immense power, generally in the robes of victimhood. Has none of these people been paying attention to the war on math and the war on science?
All we know here is that when the Cancel crowd comes for Darwin (and why shouldn’t they? That’s what they do), there’s going to be quite the Hubbub at the Smithsonian as curators try to Woke all that stuff…
We TOLD them not to make a religion out of their opinions on the history of life.
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