New Bill Nye Video Pits Evolution Against Creation
August 30, 2012
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Bill Nye, from the 90's PBS show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” released a video last week titled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children ."
Nye says that teaching creationism is making our country weak. "When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, really."
He goes on to say, "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."
To be fair, I asked a scientist who disagrees with Nye to comment. Nathaniel Jeanson, Deputy Director for Life Science Research at the Institute for Creation Research and ph.D. from Harvard University in Cell and Developmental Biology responds to the video saying, "Bill Nye’s claims are based on a common misunderstanding of creationists—that creationists don’t do science. In fact, credentialed creation scientists have been researching dinosaurs, distant starlight, radiometric dating, and the like for 30+ years, and have been publishing their results in peer-reviewed journals for just as long (see this for a recent example). I am in the midst of writing up my own research on the DNA from ~2700 species, and I’ve found that species look young—not millions of years old. Why shouldn’t our children be allowed to evaluate scientific evidence like this?"
What do you think about Bill Nye's video? Comment here .
Melissa Taylor is a freelance writer, an award-winning educational blogger at ImaginationSoup, an award-winning teacher with a M.A. in Education, and a mom of two children, ages 6 and 9. Follow Taylor on Twitter or find her on Facebook.
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