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Bill Nye: Creationism Threatens U.S. Science

Posted by on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The man known to a generation of Americans as "The Science Guy" is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers who want to bring the Bible into science classrooms.

Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer and star of the popular 1990s TV show "Bill Nye The Science Guy," has waded into the evolution debate with an online video that urges parents not to pass their religious-based doubts about evolution on to their children.

Nye has spent a career teaching science to children and teens with good-natured and sometimes silly humor, but has not been known to delve into topics as divisive as evolution.

Christians who view the stories of the Old Testament as historical fact have come to be known as creationists, and many argue that the world was created by God just a few thousand years ago.

"The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old," Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press, citing scientists' estimates that it is about 4.5 billion years old. "It's not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs."

Millions of Americans do hold those beliefs, according to a June Gallup poll that found 46 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago.

Nye, 56, also decried efforts in recent years by lawmakers and school boards in some states to present Bible stories as an alternative to evolution in public schools. Tennessee passed a law earlier this year that protects teachers who let students criticize evolution and other scientific theories. That echoes a Louisiana law passed in 2008 that allows teachers to introduce supplemental teaching materials in science classes.

"If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate," Nye said in a wide-ranging telephone interview.

The brief online video was not Nye's first foray into the combustible debate, but "it's the first time it's gotten to be such a big deal."

 
"I can see where one gets so caught up in this (debate) that you say something that will galvanize people in a bad way, that will make them hate you forever," he said. "But I emphasize that I'm not questioning someone's religion – much of that is how you were brought up."

In the video he tells adults they can dismiss evolution, "but don't make your kids do it. Because we need them." Posted by Big Think, an online knowledge forum, the clip went viral and has 4.6 million views on YouTube. It has garnered 182,000 comments from critics and supporters.

It drew the ire of the creationism group Answers in Genesis, which built a biblically based Creation Museum in Kentucky that teaches the stories of the Old Testament and has attracted headlines for its assertion that dinosaurs roamed alongside Adam and Eve.

The group produced a response video featuring two scientists who say the Bible has the true account of Earth's origins, and that "children should be exposed to both ideas concerning our past."

Nye, who is prone to inject dry humor into scientific discussions, said Earth is about 4.5 billion years old.

"What I find troubling, when you listen to these people ... once in a while I get the impression that they're not kidding," Nye said.

Ken Ham, a co-founder of Answers in Genesis, said dating methods used by scientists to measure the age of the earth are contradictory and many don't point to millions or billions of years of time.

"We say the only dating method that is absolute is the Word of God," Ham said. "Time is the crucial factor for Bill Nye. Without the time of millions of years, you can't postulate evolution change."

America is home to the world's biggest creationist following, Ham said, and the $27 million Creation Museum has averaged about 330,000 visitors a year since it opened just south of Cincinnati in 2007.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/bill-nye-creationism-science_n_1908926.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

 

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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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"If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate,"

Brilliant!!!

 

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Bill Nye CreationismBill Nye has publicly criticized Creationism in the past.

GLWerth
by Gina on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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I was going to quote this same statement.

Too many parents insist that their kids reject science.

Quoting annabl1970:

"If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate,"

Brilliant!!!

 


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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"The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old," Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press, citing scientists' estimates that it is about 4.5 billion years old. "It's not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs"

This one brilliant also.

 

Quoting GLWerth:

I was going to quote this same statement.

Too many parents insist that their kids reject science.

Quoting annabl1970:

"If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate,"

Brilliant!!!

 

 


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM


Quoting GLWerth:

I was going to quote this same statement.

Too many parents insist that their kids reject science.

Most kids have common sense, no matter what their parents wants them to believe..

Quoting annabl1970:

"If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate,"

Brilliant!!!

 

 


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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"What I find troubling, when you listen to these people ... once in a while I get the impression that they're not kidding," Nye said.

 I find that troubling too...

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

bump

GLWerth
by Gina on Sep. 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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Quoting annabl1970:

"What I find troubling, when you listen to these people ... once in a while I get the impression that they're not kidding," Nye said.

 I find that troubling too...

Me too.

How about the people who don't understand that a scientific theory is a whole different animal than having a "theory" about which kid took an extra cookie?

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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Quoting GLWerth:

 

Quoting annabl1970:

"What I find troubling, when you listen to these people ... once in a while I get the impression that they're not kidding," Nye said.

 I find that troubling too...

Me too.

How about the people who don't understand that a scientific theory is a whole different animal than having a "theory" about which kid took an extra cookie?

Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

http://www.thinkatheist.com/profiles/blog/show?id=1982180%3ABlogPost%3A44493

Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.

This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2006/04/06/04062006wacbillnye.html

 


 

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Sep. 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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Ken Ham is SUCH a tool. Bill Nye is 110% correct.
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