Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

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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  • Vlad Theskewerer

    When you eliminate the concept of God you eliminate the uniquely American idea that all men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away. Once that road block is out of the way you can task your servile, myopic scientists to provide you the tools to commit megadeath, breaking the project up so everybody sees just their little piece and thus sleep like babies. The natural sciences were founded to keep the noses of guys like you Bill out of the occult, where real power lies. Stay in your box Nye, dance on the strings your masters provide you.

    • robertsgt40

      Exactly! We are now watching the effects of marginalizing and dismissing God as our centerpiece. Look at the rest of the world. Now look at us. We are becoming what the rest of the world has been for some time…godless.

    • Amaroq

      You are both idiots.

      First off: the rest of the world is not ‘godless’ just because they believe in a different god than you.

      Second: it is NOT uniquely ‘American’ to believe in equality and natural rights. This is the sort of Nationalistic crap that leads people to think that we are a country full of drooling morons.

      Nye has head farther out of the box than you can probably imagine. He is trying to do good for the human race.. what do you do? you are attempting to look down on one of the most brilliant people of our time because he does not believe in the tooth fairy. It’s time to grow up.

  • Bonnie

    The truth is that, NEITHER is Evolution, because it is, after all, a “THEORY.” IT’s called “the Theory of Evolution.”

    Read my lips, “theory” means it’s a guess. NOBODY Human really knows how we got here.

    Neither does science and astronomy. Nor does astronomy know how old the Earth is, or the Universe, or how far a star is from the light traveling, blah blah….because Einstein’s formula is just a “theory” too. It’s called “The Theory of Relativity.” Guesses.

    It’s all a joke, forced on us in school, by the Enforcers, owners of the gov.

    • Amaroq

      Everything is a theory. The reason for this is that in science, you are always adding to these theories, it is a backdoor for growth to think of these undeniable truths as theories; what the bible thumpers and creationists did was to proclaim their view as 100% truth, no forward no backward. This is inevitably their downfall.

      A theory can still be based on undeniable facts. Don’t take things too literally, use a little bit of your imagination to get past the problems that you see in the word “theory”.. read between the lines. Otherwise you just sound ignorant.