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Neil deGrasse Tyson Squashes Creationist Argument Against Science on National TV

Posted by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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Episode two of "Cosmos," hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, aired this week. Toward the end of the program, Tyson made one of the best statements one could hope would sink into the minds of young and old viewers alike and—most importantly—creationists.

The astrophysicist proclaimed that there is no shame in admitting you do not know something and that the real shame is pretending to know everything.

Just as we saw Ken Ham do when debating evolution with Bill Nye, Ham was able to claim he knew everything Nye honestly claimed he did not know by simply saying, "Bill, I do know how X happened, it's all explained in this book," referencing the Bible. Ham is ashamed about the fact that he cannot admit what he does not know. Instead, he would rather go on pretending to know things he does not know, which is the definition of faith.

Ham even claimed he believes in his views so strongly that nothing can change his mind — a sure sign of someone who believes to know things they do not know and does not care about finding the truth, only sticking to what he wants to believe.

During this week's episode, Tyson discussed the evolution of the eye, something declared for years by creationists as unexplainable by evolution, and thus evidence that life must be intelligently designed. Tyson masterfully explained how the eye evolved and how well scientists understand this evolution.

The "Cosmos" host also touched on how many species have evolved an eye, but did leave out the fact that there are over 40 known independent eye evolutions, something that very clearly discredits any intelligent design.

However, these facts mean nothing to creationists. Not long after "Cosmos" aired, Jay W. Richards, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute (DI), a non-science, religious based foundation that fights to discredit evolution and replace it with faith based creationism, tweeted [3]:

On eye evolution, the #Cosmos editors again failed to do a Google Search[.]

Richards' Twitter missive linked to a Discovery Institute PDF download [4] that supposedly debunks the evolution of the eye claim. Yet the PDF is nothing more than praise for the Christian Right pundit Ann Coulter and a lambasting of Richard Dawkins, DI's public enemy number one.

Watching the Christian Right, especially the creationist wing, struggle to counter "Cosmos" each week is like watching a frightened, cornered animal that knows it is about to die. What else could explain the weekly grasping at straws, and the unremitting blasting of social media links meant to reel their following back in as their eyes are opened to the scientific method's greatness.

Those like Richards, Ham and the creationist lobby will simply stop at nothing to protect the industry they have created. A series like "Cosmos" will inspire a new young group of future scientists to put down their bibles and pick up "On the Origin of Species." Countering make-believe with facts will encourage young people to leave church and walk into a science lab, to stop putting money into coffers and instead direct their resources toward research facilities.

Creationism's days are numbered. "Cosmos" frightens the conservatives more than anything has in a very long time. Every day their numbers grow smaller and their grasp on America becomes weaker.

The time is now for a scientifically literate America to return, for scientific innovations to flow out of our borders and spread around the world. We can no longer take a backseat to the world of science and must return once again to the driver's seat.

"Cosmos" is just the program we need to inspire people in this country and around the world with the wonders of science. Doing so, we realize that the facts offered through the scientific method are more beautiful and satisfying than the offerings of any religion on this planet. A series like "Cosmos" shows the world that facts are always better than fairytales.


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by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM
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Indeed
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM
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Good luck. Hard fought for facts don't usually hold a candle to the absolute surety of faith.
Aphotic.Yumni
by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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 Didn't you hear? They found Gods remains.  His 3000 years old body was found, and it was riddled with cancer.  LMAO

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

BUMP!

KikiKia
by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM
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I love NDT

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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lol good luck fundies trying to edit evolution out of this episode he he he he

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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It's too bad that religion and real, proven science can not peacefully and respectfully exist.


meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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Quoting Sisteract:

It's too bad that religion and real, proven science can not peacefully and respectfully exist.

That will probably never happen. While there are scientists, I'm sure, who probably believe to at least some extent in a higher power, I often get the impression that in general the scientific community would be happier if religion was wiped out entirely.
12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM


Quoting Sisteract:

It's too bad that religion and real, proven science can not peacefully and respectfully exist.


You mean like the kind of science practiced in countries like North Korea and China?  

billsfan1104
by Jules on Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

 WHy do these scientists have to be nasty??  Why cant they just let live??  There are people who believe in a higher power and believe that God created the heaven and the earth and there are the scientists who believe what they believe and they are the ones being nasty calling others uneducated and trying to "slam" the other side.

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