I recently made another pilgrimage to the "Town that time forgot" in the midwest. It's a 3-hour drive from St. Louis. Like many refugees from the Bible Belt, I sometimes view the region as a monolothic reason-forsaken place where all skeptics and atheists must abandon hope, and their Cerebrum, before entering. Of course, that's not true.
During this trip I made a side-trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden. It was great to see a Dinosaur exhibit, rich with discussions of evolution designed for children and those adults among us with childlike tendencies. Here are some photos from the exhibit, which was scattered among the plants and trees in the Botanical Garden.
Inside the climatron were lots of dinosaurs scattered among the trees. Among them, of course, a T. rex.
There was an area where kids could pretend to be palaentologists
Everywhere I looked there were surprises with all sizes and types of dinosaurs.
There were dinosaurs outside as well.
Dinosaurs were everywhere, not just some far away deserts.
Incubating eggs. Shhhh.
We have very good reason to bemoan and criticise the demagogues and liars among us who teach falsehoods about creationism. We should also remember that everywhere we go, there is reason, excitement in learning, and hope for the future. This was a great exhibit and really helped me feel better about my own origins in the midwest. By sharing this esperience, I would like to celebrate the fact that even in the heartland we have public places where children are taught the wonders of nature and evolution.