Stop with the apologies

I recently visited the National Zoo in Washington D.C. It was somewhat late in the day so animal activity was down a bit, but it was still pretty interesting. The golden lion tamarin was by far the best animal in the park for me; what’s more, it was featured in quite a few exhibits (as well as the Balitmore Aquarium, for some reason). But there was one huge pitfall: Apology for exhibiting evolution.

Upon entering the Think Tank I expected to see a few apes, hopefully an Orangutan. I did see those things, but I also saw a decent sized section devoted to human evolution (with a primary focus on tool use). The problem was what amounted to an apology for a branch of science. A sign at the entry warned visitors that they may be offended by what they are about to see.

So? Who cares if people are offended? It isn’t the job of the zoo, especially a publically funded one, to apologize to people who have yet to gain a grasp on evolution. If they find it offensive, then that’s just too bad. No organization wishing to present scientific information to the public (and the zoo, other than this instance, does a fine job) should (essentially) be apologizing for that information. What a few yahoos think does not change the truth value of anything in science.