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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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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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Cryptid56 _
Hey 90% of the comment section Enjoy hell 😉
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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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Enlightened
The only support that creationism has is life support, and its defenders are only prolonging its inevitable demise.
jebstuart
Giggles cries tearfully - "So you can't explain the appearance of the very first fossilized Anomalocaris, knowing that species cannot be found in the lower rock strata, Stuart. You can’t actually explain ANYTHING in the fossil record!!" This is the Last Thursdayism fallacy on show. If it can be implied that the past is an illusion and science only "appears" to explain the past, then the past is fake or "unexplainable". The last resort of the fundie who never grew up, the spoilt baby who prefers mama's tales of mystery to answers.
Brumble Bree
Religion is a virus. A deadly virus. One that corrupts a mind, completely removing any logic and passing said blindness to their young. Such a deadly virus has cause unsolvable problems, such as conflict and war. Even causing hatred for one another because they don't agree. The virus can even cause the mere thought of preposterous claims, like an invisible deity somehow moulding the world into what it is. There are even myths of a 'perfect' man who supposedly 'changed the world. 'Removing sin'. Oh. Even the Psalms are ridiculous. Look at this and tell me you can't take this seriously. Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath saith in his heart, there is no God. they are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." Seriously? We've done 'abominable works' apparently.
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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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事実は事実です
jebstuart: “Evolution is the only explanation for the fossil record." ME: “You will now explain the appearance of the very first fossilized Anomalocaris, knowing that species cannot be found in the lower rock strata, Stuart. WHAT IS YOUR EXPLANATION???” jebstuart: “I see no need to do any work personally. Get off your titanic lazy butt and open a book.” ME: Good. So you can't explain the appearance of the very first fossilized Anomalocaris, knowing that species cannot be found in the lower rock strata, Stuart. You can’t actually explain ANYTHING in the fossil record!! What a total collapse of your 'theory,' missy S!!
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jebstuart
It's hilarious isn't it, that the one paper that directly smacks giggles in the face is the one she uses to "bolster" her argument from incredulity. Joyce et al explicity show that the objections to ribose formation have been overcome by producing complex molecules at once in vitro, rather than assembling components. If Joyce said it, it must be OK. Creationists APPROVE.
jebstuart
Miss Bonito: I see no need to do any work personally in associating molecular processes (on a youtube forum LOL!) to the first occurrence of Anomalocaris. I do however, find it ironically amusing that you admit the existence of this long-gone creature. Get off your titanic lazy butt and open a book. Otherwise you will remain the forum's clown in insisting on a "Last Thursdayism" fallacy. By your logic, we have no evidence on Ted Bundy.
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