Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Darwin and his Opposition

My library does a monthly bathroom newsletter called the T-Paper.  It is one 11x17 sheet of paper with arresting graphics and short library-related articles.  Most months have a theme, and for November the theme is Darwin, since 2009 is the two hundredth anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species.  The graphic is of a fossil skeleton, the artibcles are about Darwin's life, the voyage of the Beagle, the Darwin Awards, etc.  The person who hangs them told me yesterday that they've been disappearing from the men's bathrooms.  Apparently there is a male sensitive soul out there that cannot bear to be reminded of Darwin's existance, and so takes it upon himself to censor Darwin for all the guys.

Censorship is evil.  Besides the obvoous problem that it deprives people of ideas, it means the censor has so little faith in the power of his argument that he can't stand the mention of any counterargument.

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