Should we rename the Hitler beetle or the Mussolini butterfly? Scientists are shockingly divided.

Sep 18, 2023
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History is the single most important subject taught in school. Science can be a source of history, when its naming convention responds to a historic person or event. If the characteristics of the beetle suggest a historic figure, its naming provides and opportunity to teach history. To delete such names because they displease, is anti-intellectual, as it robs the reader of a chance to learn. "Cleaning up" history this way is a crime against education.
 
this is more concerning:

".....these names can cause problems for the animals themselves. For example, A. hitleri has been driven close to extinction because neo-Nazi collectors pay thousands of dollars for their specimens,..."
 
Dec 20, 2022
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History is the single most important subject taught in school. Science can be a source of history, when its naming convention responds to a historic person or event. If the characteristics of the beetle suggest a historic figure, its naming provides and opportunity to teach history. To delete such names because they displease, is anti-intellectual, as it robs the reader of a chance to learn. "Cleaning up" history this way is a crime against education.
The reason for changing these names is the very reason why it will pose no danger to the learning of history. If the person were so obscure, no one would care about renaming the species. No one will fail to learn about Hitler because they didn't encounter A. hitleri.