At first it may appear odd that Seinfeld and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History have something in common. After all, one presents creative and imaginative works of fiction that inspire laughs, and the other was a hit TV show. However, as you will see in the paragraphs below, the key to their similarity is the 1997 Emmy-nominated Seinfeld episode, “The Yada Yada.” But first, let me start with a little Spring Break vacation.
On a trip to Washington, D.C. with our oldest daughter, my wife and I decided to take advantage of the perfect museum weather and spend the grey and rainy day in the Museum of Natural History. What could possibly be more intriguing to a six-year-old than the wonderful displays of dinosaur skeletons, intricate crystals, and marine wildlife?
Our first stop was the impressive IMAX theater, showing Galapagos 3D, an engaging film that follows the footsteps of Charles Darwin and showcases the tremendous bio-diversity of the Islands and their surrounding ocean habitats. As it introduces us to the enigmatic iguanas, the majestic tortoises and the quick finches with their varied beaks, the film continuously invokes evolution and how it resulted in this smorgasbord of natural wonders. Natural selection is presented as the main engine of evolution, which has produced, among other examples, the unusual ocean swimming abilities of the iguanas, the unique shapes of the tortoise shells, and the many beak designs of the finches, which Darwin sketched in his journals. Yet for skeptics and creationists, who readily acknowledge the existence of natural selection, the leap from changes in beak designs to changes in species is one that is awfully hard to make. After all, selection, by definition, is a process where a set of data with many variations is reduced, through environmentally-driven advantages, or rather disadvantages, to a smaller set of desirable characteristics. Information is removed, not added. How then, does the evolutionist explain the great leap from single-celled organisms to complex life forms; from birds to dinosaurs; from reptiles to mammals?
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