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Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

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Published on Aug 23, 2012

Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka "the science guy," if grownups want to "deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them."

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Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological—I mean, you could say Japan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really.

Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's like, it's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.

As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, "When you're in love you want to tell the world." So, once in a while I get people that really—or that claim—they don't believe in evolution. And my response generally is "Well, why not? Really, why not?" Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don't believe in evolution. I mean, here are these ancient dinosaur bones or fossils, here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but they're at a different point in their lifecycle. The idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.

And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.

It's just really hard a thing, it's really a hard thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I'm sure, will be, it just won't exist. There's no evidence for it.

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Comments • 396,358

Gary Bell
A creationist calling someone else, "clueless of the laws of evidence",  really?   From 476,323 comments we have precisely zero evidence presented for any gods and precisely zero evidence against the Theory of Evolution, that's a hint.
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Nelson Tragura Jr.
Yep, you are asking for a proof twice.
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ergonomover
Long before Jesus supposedly lived, a general and philosophers promoted the 'golden rule' - good advice from a biological standpoint that requires no god(s) : "Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him." → Pittacus, (military general) Greece (640-568 BCE), Fragment 10.3. "Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing." → Thales, Asia Minor (624-546 BCE). "Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself." → Confucius, China (5th century BCE), Analects XV.24, also at V.12 and VI.30.
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ergonomover
If God has a great plan and knows the future, then why pray to him? He knows all your thoughts - why pretend you know better than God, and what he has planned for you? Religion in general and Christianity in particular are based on nothing but human authority, which the creationist is incapable of questioning.
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Jacob Bott
ergonomover your so right
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ergonomover
The bible was mistranscribed, miscopied and mistranslated after multiple votes and heavy editing. Johannine scholarship asserts a late writing of the works attributed to John (90-100 AD). Scholars analyzed the works of John and found at least 3 separate authors. A reasonable person knows that 3rd person hearsay testimony is unreliable. King James' 50 scholars borrowed heavily from the Tyndale bible (up to 85% according to some scholars). Yet pious Tyndale was burnt at the stake for heresy, his translation was unauthorized, the Church wanted to control the word of god with Mass in Latin. Years earlier, Wycliff made another unauthorized translation. The pope ended up having his bones exhumed from hallowed ground and thrown into the river. The bible wears the stamp of its haphazard and lowly origins.
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ergonomover
https://www.amazon.com/Occidental-Mythology-Masks-Joseph-Campbell/dp/014019441X https://www.amazon.com/Pagan-Christianity-Exploring-Church-Practices/dp/1414364555 Easy to find credible experts and best sellers who agree with me... The noachian flood story was told 18th century BCE in the Enuma Elis and earlier in the epic of Atrahasis. Saying it's debunked is not the same as demonstrating as much, now is it.
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ergonomover
"Apart from moral conduct, all that man thinks himself able to do in order to become acceptable to God is mere superstition and religious folly." --Immanuel Kant → He realized that such things as prayer are a waste time.
Jeff White
Creationists, Give me a scientific theory other than evolution that explains how humans came to be. WITHOUT the use of the Bible. WITHOUT the idea that we magically appeared here.
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DjGrimmace
Why are people still arguing with this Owen guy? He is obviously a troll, Guys, don't feed the troll, block him and move on.
ergonomover
Apparently, creationists have no alternative mechanisms that better explain observed bio-diversity and -distribution. New supporting evidence of natural pathways keeps rolling in, as anyone can easily verify via Pubmed database and other science info outlets.
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ergonomover
“Progress is born of doubt and inquiry. The Church never doubts, never inquires. To doubt is heresy, to inquire is to admit that you do not know—the Church does neither.” ― Robert G. Ingersoll, Thomas Paine From 'The Gods and Other Lectures'
ergonomover
“The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellowmen.” ― Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child
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ergonomover
I am happy to be bound in such a society, by it's laws, by biological cooperation strategies, yet I have more freedom than slaves. You're stretching it a bit, no? Maybe you're similarly not a total slave to God. I do not take my whims and desires as God, thinking for oneself does not entail this.
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ergonomover
"Due to a code of silence imposed on all members of the clergy under penalty of excommunication, cases of child sexual abuse have hardly ever been reported to the law enforcement authorities in the countries where such crimes occurred." http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/05/scathing-un-report-demands-vatican-act-against-child-sex-abuse
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Nicholas Christie-Blick
An alternative defrocked.
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Narva77isback
Knock Knock Who's there? It's Jesus, let me in! Why? So I can save you! Save me from what? Save you from what my daddy and I will do to you if you don't let me in.
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