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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bill Nye the Evolving Guy

Bill Nye (Photo: Doobie Jefferson)
The man whom Wikipedia partially describes as "an excited, jocular science educator" didn't seem all that jocular during a recent Big Think
video titled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children."

In fact, Bill Nye seemed downright ominous in his exhortation to parents concerning their children's education.  The gist of Nye's warning was that parents are entitled to hang on to their "crazy" Creationist views, but they are not entitled to pass these views on to their children.  In Nye's
estimation, that's because "we need them [the kids, that is].  We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future… we need
engineers that can build stuff, solve problems."

Nye called evolution "the fundamental idea in all of life science" (that's one way of looking at it) and compared (what he believes to be) the
limitations of Creationism with "trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates."  (And so we ask the good professor:  Does one really have to piece continents together in order to meaningfully study rocks?)

As if this video weren't emphatic enough, Nye added the following during what eSchool News describes as a "wide-ranging telephone interview":  If we raise a generation of students who don't believe in the process of science, who think everything that we've come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you're not going to continue to innovate.   After reading this, "dadoffive" commented:  "Classic misrepresentation of an atheist.  Christian scientists who 'failed to innovate' include: Copernicus, Bacon, Kepler, Galilei, Descarte, Pascal, Newton, Boyle, Mendel, Kelvin, Planck, and Einstein, to name a few…"

Point made.  (Although it can be debated whether all of these scientists were indeed Christian…)  


Copyright October 10, 2012 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved 

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