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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

Comments • 538,990

epicdman813
All the dislikes... guys it's so evident that evolution is real, and that it happened and is still happening. Believe what you want religiously, I personally believe in christianity, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to deny facts and evidence
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Bluebottle 99
It has always been CRYSTAL CLEAR that @MissManySocks doesn't have the slightest clue what she's talking about. ✔ Nice!
Bluebottle 99
Ants are exceptional unique life-forms that can carry 50 times their body-weight whilst running at (the human equivalent of) 50 miles an hour. WOW! That is exceptional unique!
jebstuart
"This planet is 4.56 BILLION years old. Any questions?" Yes I have one - how do you know?
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интеллектуальные победы дизайн
+ergonomover: You will now disclose Kenneth R. Miller's explanation for why life exists on this planet in the first place.
faircompetition1
If I was god and I wanted you to know I created you and to worship me I would not send a message to semi literate desert dwelling warring nations to write a book filled with scientific errors . I would just add to DNA in binary code , "Made in the Garden of Eden , by god , 3000BC" Be much less deniable and way clearer don't ya think ? I mean even a maker of coffee cups does a better job of identifying his work than god .
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Gary Bell
"So no guiders have ever been observed in nature."  Did someone finally slap some sense into Giggler overnight?
jebstuart
Just so's we're straight - miss giggles is saying that ANALOGOUS convergent traits prove design because the Holy Father was not restricted in his design plans, but HOMOLOGOUS traits prove design because he was. ???
jebstuart
Miss Giggles gets violent - "Nose still bleeding from your throttling I gave you today?"
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jebstuart
The crippling argument against supernaturalist explanations for the origins of biochemical and information processing systems in biology is that they continually have to resort to 'magic spells' and 'sudden materializations' to account for complex biological organization. And just how the 'magic spells' and 'sudden materializations' actually achieve increased organization is left up to the imagination. Consequently, the net explanatory framework (eg Genesis) is NOT amenable to testing and falsification, but merely a collection of "just so stories."
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