Well where else were you going to find raccoon penis bones in New York?
The Evolution Store in New York is one of those super quirky little places that you just have to see for yourself. As someone who’s into kind of, ahem, weird stuff, I was in heaven. Evolution Store isn’t a fair departure from what one would expect to find at an aptly named place, its got everything from skeletal remnants of all sorts of creatures, to gems and artifacts, to breathtaking taxidermy butterflies.
It’s like a museum where you can buy the exhibits, essentially. Although a lot of their stuff is out of my humble price range, it’s still amazing to see all the neat stuff crammed into a tiny two-story storefront. Science and art are truly meshed together here–you can gain a new appreciation for both sides of the same coin–yes I believe that science and art are intertwined. Did I tell you about the Science symposium I went to last week? No, well, I had the fortune of seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Ira Flatow, Brian Greene, Richard Dawkins and others take the stage to talk about the importance of science.
If I haven’t lost you yet, Neil deGrasse Tyson did a great little quip about art and science, how the two inextricably have ties together, even though they seem worlds apart from one another. Art asks a lot of the same existential questions we ask in science–who are we? Where are we from? Why the @#$% are we here? Etc etc… People who try to dismiss science as a purely left-brain phenomenon have certainly not known the pleasure of passionate interest or patterns of beauty.
Alright alright, that’s enough for today, check out their shop in Soho or their site here.