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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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Gary Bell
The old "mutations leads to loss of information" YEC claim, I haven't seen this one for years.
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Scientist Flanders
"There are no peer reviewed articles by anyone advocating for intelligent design supported by pertinent experiments or calculations which provide detailed rigorous accounts of how intelligent design of any biological system occurred" - M Behe. LOL! Highly embarrassing for intelligent design proponents creationists. ✔
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Gary Bell
I wonder what Giggler thinks "speciation" mechanistically explains?  Tears?
Scientist Flanders
@MissManySocks You are completely and utterly WRONG of course. There is no digital information in biology. It's just a metaphor. You lose again.
Gary Bell
"If there were no physical brains or minds in a prebiotic environment, how did inanimate nature prescribe and process the first organized bio-function?" ~ Hare Brain (12/01/2018) Prebiotic physical space brains from 4,000 BCE, I can't stop laughing.  "It's science, it's science."
Jim Bristow
My heart skipped a beat when he said ".. in another couple of centuries I'm sure that world view (of creationism) just won't exist". Why, you ask? Because I discovered last week that the number of self-identified Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc have been declining year over year for the past 12-15 years, and that the only group whose numbers were rising are Agnostics/Atheists/Non-believers. _Christians and Muslims were still 1st and 2nd respectively in world populace, but get this folks! Self-identified Agnostics/Atheists/Non-believers had risen dramatically from being ~10th to being 3rd! It therefore appears that Atheists/Agnostics/Non-believers will  soon outnumber Muslims and Christians - WooHooo!!!~ The end of god-fearing people, and wars in the name of god(s), and fortunes in church coffers while people starved, and the Clergy abusing their followers and the faithful, etc. OH HAPPY DAY!~
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Bluebottle 99
Everything written by D Abel can easily be discarded as pseudoscientific nonsense. ✔
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Scientist Flanders
NDEs: hallucinations, nothing more. ✔
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Gary Bell
"So no guiders have ever been observed in nature."  Did someone finally slap some sense into Giggler overnight?
Scientist Flanders
"Shut up when I'm talking boy" - Peyton Manning (⇦ identifying as a female) Translated = "I want only my comments at the top of the page because I'm a special little princess"
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