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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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Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

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Jeff Goin
Yes, we know evolution is true from a particular perspective, the perspective that embraces empirical evidence and a rational view of reality.
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Cory Dobrowolsky
Evolution it's just a belief it makes no sense God is more real than you or me
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Tim H
creationist shit posters are hilarious. they can't argue facts in the scientific community, so they shit post on youtube to make themselves feel better. yet their raging inferiority complex is not alleviated no matter how much shit they spew... so they go back to their creationist websites and find new bullshit to swallow and regurgitate it here again... and again find no relief.... but they feel certain if they just keep doing what has never worked in the past sooner or later, they won't feel so ignorant and childish and meaningless anymore.....
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Bluebottle 99
NDEs: hallucinations, nothing more. ✔
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Bluebottle 99
Genetic mutation; natural selection; the fossil record; predictability; the cambrian explosion and convergence: @MissManySocks just can't hide how much she adores providing us with evidence for evolution. Love it!
Cryptid56 _
Hey 90% of the comment section Enjoy hell 😉
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jebstuart
"New posts always go on the top spot, silly Jatz" The ultimate coward reveals her devilish master plan. How to counter it?
jebstuart
Sorry, but "supernaturally designed" is a vacuous, subjective, nonsense term which explains NOTHING. Oh, now I see how it works - this fiendishly clever ploy by wannabe "Public Enemy #1" has been uncovered.
jebstuart
Intelligent Design/creationism is based on circular reasoning: "It exists, therefore it was created. Itwas created, therefore it exists." P is true because of Q. Q is true because of P. C I R C U L A R R E A S O N I N G ! !
jebstuart
"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal Read it, Bell and LEARN something" cries giggles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution Read it, giggles, and LEARN something.
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