Evolution has an image problem. It’s fundamental to all biology and immensely interesting … yet many people still don’t feel comfortable talking about it at parties and it’s effectively banned during elementary school, when kids are actually interested in plants and animals and where they come from.
One possible way to chip away at this fear is to inject into the internet fun images of people displaying their acceptance of evolution. On Facebook. On Instagram. Etc. These images, if high quality, would eventually come up high in search results for “evolution” and “darwin” and thus would convey to young, impressionable searchers that evolution is not just something that old people with questionable grooming habits like.
If you have a nice camera and have science-loving friends who are cute, contact me and I’ll send you one. If they have a BMI in the 18.5 – 20 range, I’ll send you two. If you slapped a Darwin tattoo onto a fitspo-inclined person and labeled it “survival of the fittest”, you’d be at the top of this image search within a week, I suspect.
So if you know of somebody who’d be perfect for this silly little scheme, just share this page on his/her Facebook page (or whatever) with some sort of taunting encouragement.
And, yes, I’ve tried to get the Charles Darwin Academy Dance and Cheer Squad to model them for me, but they never write back.
ⓒ Colin Purrington 2004-2013