Evolution in the Past - April 2002

Evolution at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The theme of that fair was “Century 21”, and it had a heavy emphasis on science.

Since we are now in the twenty-first century, and since I happened to be in Seattle earlier this month and saw advertisements for all the 40th anniversary activities in the Seattle newspaper, and since I attended the fair in July of 1962, it is understandable that I have been thinking about the fair lately. More specifically, I have been thinking about science in the 1960s.

According to evolutionists, the reason why we beat the Russians to the moon in 1969 is because we put evolution in the science curriculum. And, they say, if we take evolution out of the curriculum, or diminish it in any way, technology as we know it will vanish, and we will return to the dark ages of alchemy.

With this in mind, I got out my 96-page “Official Souvenir Program for the Century 21 Exposition.” It contains articles on “The House of Science”, “The Development of Science”, “The Spacearium”, “The Methods of Science”, “The Horizons of Science”, “Doing Science”, “Space is the New Ocean We Must Sail”, “Man’s Life in the Space Age”, and “Research is the Real Story”. These articles take up the first 35 pages of the program. Do you know how many times evolution is mentioned in them? Zero.

There is only one reference to evolution in the entire program. It is in the fine arts section, on page 55. Here is what it said,

The Du Pen Fountain, in the northeast corner of the International Plaza, portrays the evolution of life in three abstract bronze structures. The center figure is the tree of life, depicting the progressions of life from its cellar beginning to man and his ascendancy to the space age. Another of the sculptures in the shallow pool shows gulls in flight. The last is an interpretation of flowing seaweed. This imaginative grouping was created by Everett G. Du Pen to portray the evolution of men.

Imagine where science would be today if Du Pen had not made those three bronze sculptures! smiley face Maybe I am too cynical, but I can’t help but wonder if Du Pen didn’t have three scupltures he could not sell (one of a tree, another of some sea gulls, and a third one of some seaweed) cluttering up his studio. I wonder if he thought he could unload them by trying to tie them in with science somehow, and get them exhibited at a science-oriented fair.

If the theory of evolution was crucial to the advancement of science in the 1960’s, somebody forgot to tell the organizers of the Seattle World’s Fair. The theory of evolution doesn’t have anything to do with rocket science. It isn’t crucial to the advancement of medicine, either.

Instead, the theory of evolution diverts biologists away from useful endeavors by wasting their time trying to figure out how the different life forms evolved from each other. Biologists’ time is better spent figuring out how life works, and what causes diseases.

Like the Space Needle, and many of the buildings constructed for the fair, the Du Pen fountain is still there. It still produces entertaining displays of dancing water. The sculptures depiciting evolution, however, are gone. Hopefully, the theory of evolution will soon follow those sculptures into oblivion.

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