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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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gsundiszno
So religion has raised it's ugly head again with the execution of 12 people in Paris today by followers of "yhwh" (yes, Allah is "yhwh"). That is why religion is a cancer.
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Another one true god
Disclaimer:  All of gods views and opinions are my own except those that I have subconsciously inherited from my parents (common descent) and those that I have nicked from far cleverer people than I.  I have no affiliation with Jeb Enterprises Pty. Ltd., the handsome Frenchmen, that tall dark Aussie, the Dutchman's back, the British Scientist nor the world renowned Berkeley Professor (LOOK! There goes his fucks) other than genealogical relatedness. No harm was intended nor implied.
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Gary Bell's daily tortured obsession with mythological gods like the fictional 'yahweh' is a veritable STAPLE of this forum's public entertainment.
Typhoon
Look at all the religious freaks going nuts when they are exposed as liars. Hey religious fanatics, if your god is real, then he doesn't need you to defend him. He can deal with atheists and skeptics perfectly fine on his own. He's god. He doesn't need your help. He will only punish you for being such assholes. You assholes are trying to denounce honest scientists, and everyone who doesn't agree with your particular worldview. Even the other religious nutjobs, who believe in the same god as you, are disagreeing with your particular beliefs. You religous morons all have different views. It's a fact. God won't like it when you spread hatred about other peopel, just because they believe different than you. See you in hell, assholes!
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+Atharkas: So now you're claiming that the OP is simply 'my' copy-rinse-repeat that was debunked numerous times. Let's look at the OP, shall we? It says, "The fact that it is unpredictable seems rather to be a strength of evolution for it imply its unguided nature which, in turn, can lead to the ride of new mean of survival (sic)." Awwww! Those are your words, Atharkas! Cuter than cute! We can all see why this was debunked numerous times!
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Steve McRae
Debating a creationist is like trying to play chess with someone who only knows how to play checkers.
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+Christie-Blick: The DNA mutations upon which natural selection works to supposedly create new species are accidental, chance, haphazard, random, and UNPREDICTABLE molecular events. Your 'theory' is mired in randomness.
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+ergonomover: (Convergence is) "...a biological phenomenon where distantly related species evolve and resemble one another because they occupy similar roles..." You will now show how the DNA of germ cells in the gonads of organisms can be coaxed by the environment "occupied" by those organisms to magically mutate in just the right way to poof into existence phenotypes adaptive to that environment, and do it in species that are SUPPOSEDLY DISTANTLY RELATED TO EACH OTHER in standard, evolutionary phylogenetic trees.
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jebstuart: "Our model (to explain the appearance of the fossil record) is set in stone." ME: "So, what is it? Elaborate, using DNA mutations in your description, please & thank-you." jebstuart: "Still can't resist attempting to divert? The question was aimed squarely at YOU miss giggles." ME: Stuart actually DOESN'T HAVE A MODEL TO EXPLAIN THE FOSSIL RECORD! 🙄 ...who would have thought? 🙄
Narva77isback
Melvin (to Scientist Flanders): "You really are a hopeless imbecile." This is EXACTLY the type of behaviour that Arthur is talking about, thus you are proving Arthur's point, again and again.
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