Seattle shows little love for Lucy fossil exhibit

Jan 25, 2009
In this 1983 file photo, the fossil skeleton known as Lucy is seen on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio. Lucy is a 3.2 million-year-old fossilized partial skeleton of a species with chimplike features that walked upright. The discovery in 1974 in Ethiopia forced a major revision of theories about the evolution of Homo sapiens. (AP Photo/file)

(AP) -- Who loves Lucy? Far fewer people than a Seattle science center hoped when officials paid millions to show the fossil remains of one of the earliest known human ancestors.



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Sophos
3 / 5 (2) Jan 26, 2009
"Debate over whether the irreplaceable fossil should be shipped around the globe led the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to drop the idea after early consideration."

I suspect this was a nice way of saying "Ethiopia you have a crappy exhibit". I went to this exhibit in Houston before anyone knew what it was like and I was very disappointing. I would loved to have seen other fossils as comparisons. But Lucy was the only fossil. Instead there were spears, shields and Korans from Ethiopia ... trying to stimulate tourism. WTF!!?
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not rated yet Jan 29, 2009
It is perhaps worth pointing out that a couple of years ago, the directors of Pacific Science Center colluded with an unethical scheme aimed at concealing a scholarly scandal from the public.

The precise goal of this scheme, involving Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship, was to shore up the reputations of the disgraced group of conservative Christian monopolists who controlled access to the scrolls for many years.

Further, this group, with the assistance of Pacific Science Center, sought to convince the public of the truth of a highly disputed, religiously oriented theory, which has been rejected by reputable, secular-minded researchers all over the world. Pacific Science Center did not even inform the public of scholarly opposition to the theory in question.

Under such circumstances, what form of scientific integrity can Pacific "Science" Center claim to have? Why should anyone offer money to such an institution, or even believe anything they see in exhibitions put on under its auspices?

Here is a set of items which anyone can consult to see exactly what happened at Pacific Science Center %u2014 and then, incidentally, in San Diego:

http://oi.uchicag...lls.html

http://www.nowpub...an-diego

http://robertdwor...scrolls/

http://www.forwar...rain-of/

http://museum-eth...lls.html

And see now the National Post article on this controversy:

http://www.nation...d=954321
View_from_Here
not rated yet Jan 29, 2009
It is perhaps worth pointing out that a couple of years ago, the directors of Pacific Science Center colluded with an unethical scheme aimed at concealing a scholarly scandal from the public.

The precise goal of this scheme, involving Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship, was to shore up the reputations of the disgraced group of conservative Christian monopolists who controlled access to the scrolls for many years.

Further, this group, with the assistance of Pacific Science Center, sought to convince the public of the truth of a highly disputed, religiously oriented theory, which has been rejected by reputable, secular-minded researchers all over the world. Pacific Science Center did not even inform the public of scholarly opposition to the theory in question.

Under such circumstances, what form of scientific integrity can Pacific "Science" Center claim to have? Why should anyone offer money to such an institution, or even believe anything they see in exhibitions put on under its auspices?

Here is a set of items which anyone can consult to see exactly what happened at Pacific Science Center -- and then, incidentally, in San Diego:

[url][url]http://oi.uchicag...lls.html[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://www.nowpub...an-diego[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://robertdwor...scrolls/[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://www.forwar...rain-of/[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://museum-eth...lls.html[/url][/url]

And see now the National Post article on this controversy:

[url][url]http://www.nation...d=954321[/url][/url]

It is perhaps worth pointing out that a couple of years ago, the directors of Pacific Science Center colluded with an unethical scheme aimed at concealing a scholarly scandal from the public.

The precise goal of this scheme, involving Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship, was to shore up the reputations of the disgraced group of conservative Christian monopolists who controlled access to the scrolls for many years.

Further, this group, with the assistance of Pacific Science Center, sought to convince the public of the truth of a highly disputed, religiously oriented theory, which has been rejected by reputable, secular-minded researchers all over the world. Pacific Science Center did not even inform the public of scholarly opposition to the theory in question.

Under such circumstances, what form of scientific integrity can Pacific "Science" Center claim to have? Why should anyone offer money to such an institution, or even believe anything they see in exhibitions put on under its auspices?

Here is a set of items which anyone can consult to see exactly what happened at Pacific Science Center %u2014 and then, incidentally, in San Diego:

[url][url]http://oi.uchicag...lls.html[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://www.nowpub...an-diego[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://robertdwor...scrolls/[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://www.forwar...rain-of/[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://museum-eth...lls.html[/url][/url]

And see now the National Post article on this controversy:

[url][url]http://www.nation...d=954321[/url][/url]

It is perhaps worth pointing out that a couple of years ago, the directors of Pacific Science Center colluded with an unethical scheme aimed at concealing a scholarly scandal from the public.

The precise goal of this scheme, involving Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship, was to shore up the reputations of the disgraced group of conservative Christian monopolists who controlled access to the scrolls for many years.

Further, this group, with the assistance of Pacific Science Center, sought to convince the public of the truth of a highly disputed, religiously oriented theory, which has been rejected by reputable, secular-minded researchers all over the world. Pacific Science Center did not even inform the public of scholarly opposition to the theory in question.

Under such circumstances, what form of scientific integrity can Pacific "Science" Center claim to have? Why should anyone offer money to such an institution, or even believe anything they see in exhibitions put on under its auspices?

Here is a set of items which anyone can consult to see exactly what happened at Pacific Science Center %u2014 and then, incidentally, in San Diego:

[url][url]http://oi.uchicag...lls.html[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://www.nowpub...an-diego[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://robertdwor...scrolls/[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://www.forwar...rain-of/[/url][/url]

[url][url]http://museum-eth...lls.html[/url][/url]

And see now the National Post article on this controversy:

[url][url]http://www.nation...d=954321[/url][/url]

View_from_Here
not rated yet Jan 29, 2009
It is perhaps worth pointing out that a couple of years ago, the directors of Pacific Science Center colluded with an unethical scheme aimed at concealing a scholarly scandal from the public.

The precise goal of this scheme, involving Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship, was to shore up the reputations of the disgraced group of conservative Christian monopolists who controlled access to the scrolls for many years.

Further, this group, with the assistance of Pacific Science Center, sought to convince the public of the truth of a highly disputed, religiously oriented theory, which has been rejected by reputable, secular-minded researchers all over the world. Pacific Science Center did not even inform the public of scholarly opposition to the theory in question.

Under such circumstances, what form of scientific integrity can Pacific "Science" Center claim to have? Why should anyone offer money to such an institution, or even believe anything they see in exhibitions put on under its auspices?

Here is a set of items which anyone can consult to see exactly what happened at Pacific Science Center %u2014 and then, incidentally, in San Diego:

http://oi.uchicag...lls.html

http://www.nowpub...an-diego

http://robertdwor...scrolls/

http://www.forwar...rain-of/

http://museum-eth...lls.html

And see now the National Post article on this controversy:

http://www.nation...d=954321
View_from_Here
not rated yet Jan 29, 2009
Note: the links don't work in the first posting above; they do work in the final one.