Sun. March 22
One of the most inspirational books I ever read was Carl Sagan's "The Demon Haunted World," which looked back through history and exhumed the phantasmagorical creations humans made to try and explain the inexplicable. The Roman gods, the various monsters and witches, the roots of religion. You could say he took a more scientific, yet populist, approach to some of the things Bill Maher does now. The Museum of Science is looking at some of those creatures in an exhibit called "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids," and today Sunday March 22 is the last day it's up. To the best of our knowledge, it does not have an exhibit of, say, "dragon bones" or a "mermaid skeleton, but it does look at the cultural roots of some of those creatures from Asia, Europe, the Americas and beyond. How were those creatures portrayed? Considered? How were they accepted as "reality?" Fascinating questions all, and not all of these things are the province of ancient man. We're still not quite sure about certain UFOs, say. The British are planning on releasing some pretty bizarre files from their archives soon. "Nightline" gave us a recent peak.