In 1837, Charles Darwin sketched a stick-figure tree in a page of Notebook B, one of many private notebooks in which he worked out the details of a new theory he was developing. The tree had spindly branches and a single root labeled with the number “1.” Scrawled at the top of the page, in Darwin’s cursive handwriting, are the words “I think.” Notebook B is one of many items going on display in “Darwin,” a new exhibit opening on Nov. 19 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The exhibit opens at a time when the country is once again embroiled in a debate over evolution and its place in public education.
With “Darwin,” the American Museum of Natural History is coming down squarely on the side of science and evolution. The exhibit presents ID not as the scientific theory that it claims to be, but as just another form of creationism.