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The Science Guy — Don't deny your children education about evolution

The Science Guy — Don't deny your children education about evolution

Bill Nye, the Science GuyThere's been a growing push by the religious right and political conservatives to introduce 'creationism science' in the public schools and to deny the validity of the theory of evolution.  Evolution has been blamed for everything from "the erosion of Judeo-Christian values" to the German Nazis.  Conservatives attending October's "Value Voters Summit" were told by the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer that America cannot have a president who believes in evolution, and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has stated that creationism should be taught in schools because science doesn't have all the answers.

Bill Nye — aka The Science Guy –  is a scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor. With presentations that make science entertaining and understandable, his mission has been to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people appreciate the science that makes our world work. Friday, Big Think published a video (embedded below) in which Nye urged parents to allow their children to learn about evolution:

Denial of evolution is unique to the United States.  We are the world's most advanced technological — you could say Japan — but generally, the United States is where most of the innovation 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 analagous to trying to do geology without believing in techtonic 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 awhile, I get people that really — or that claim, they don't believe in evolution, and my response generally is 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's radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but that are in a different point in their life cycle, the idea of deep time of billions of years explains so much of the world around us.  If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy.  It's just untenable, it's self inconsistent.

And I say to the grown-ups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we've observed 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 a hard thing.  It's really a hard thing.  You know, in another couple of hundred of centuries, that worldview I'm sure will be, just won't exist.  There's no evidence for it.

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    Great article, Deborah. :)

  • http://forgetevolution.com Ralph Dave Westfall

    What schools (and parents) should also be doing is teaching the underlying assumptions that are involved with science, and the limitations on the conclusions that can be drawn in light of those assumptions. See my discussion of these issues at http://forgetevolution.com.

  • http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/hzcummi-1075826-observations-of-moses-sample/ Herman Cummings

    The evolution theory is an irrational falsehood, zealously embraced by atheists, that is a phony conclusion of the 600+ million year fossil record. There is no “valid supporting data” for evolution. In a court of law, or in a public forum, the same evidence that evolutionists would use to try to “prove” the validity of that theory, I would utilize to reveal the truth of Genesis. In order to believe in evolution, you have to purposely ignore certain facts of reality. For example, when you see illustrations of primates being pictured as evolving into humans, it can be shown in a court of law that such a premise is impossible, because certain human and primate traits are different, and could not have ever been shared. The only “common ancestor” that humans and primates share is God Himself.

    Current Creationism has refused to teach the truth of the Genesis text, and either teaches foolishness (young Earth), or false doctrines (non-literal reading of the text). Creationists thoughtlessly try to prove “Creationism”, rather than seeking and teaching the truth of Genesis. How can an untruth, ever prove another lie, to be in error? You can’t do it. That is why Creationism fails. It essentially is also a lie, and should be discarded, even by Bible believers.

    The correct opposing view to evolution is the "Observations of Moses", which is the ONLY presentation that reveals the truth of Genesis chapter one. It is the true rendition of the Hebrew text. Everything else, unfortunately, are false and foolish interpretations of scripture.

    Those that imply that God used evolution are infidels at worse, or clowns at best, that refuse to learn the truth of Genesis. The truth has been available for more than 18 years. Such a discussion is currently silly, and shows stubbornness against learning the truth of God's Word.

    There are no "creation stories" in Genesis. In fact, about all of theology and creationism have no idea what Moses was writing about. You can't simply take an advanced book of math or science, and try to read from it on your own without personal instruction.

    For example, Genesis declares that mankind has been on this Earth, in his present likeness, for more than 60 million years. The "male and female" in Genesis chapter one was not "Adam & Eve". Has modern science discovered that yet?

    Herman Cummings
    ephraim7@aol.com

  • David

    "Friday, Big Think published a video (embedded below) in which Nye urged parents to allow their children to learn about evolution:"

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    http://www.trueorigin.org/evomyth01.asp

    In 1999 Phillip Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial, said on CNN: "I think we should teach a lot about evolution. In fact, I think we should teach more than the evolutionary science teachers want the students to know. The problem is what we're getting is a philosophy that's claimed to be scientific fact, a lot of distortion in the textbooks, and all the difficult problems left out, because they don't want people to ask tough questions."

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