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.”

Transcript after the jump

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.

Directed / Produced by
Elizabeth Rodd and Jonathan Fowler

Category: UnScience, Video

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7 Responses to “Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children”

  1. Greg0658 says:

    just finished watching the “Karma” episode of Grey’s Anatomy on ChicagoABC ..
    funny there was a line (sorta like) “how can you be in this job and believe that”

    Friday had an afternoon break between tape’g segments in a distant enough town, so went to the library to pass time – climbed upstairs to the reference room and was drawn to the 9/11 section – they have the hardbound copy of the gov report as well as the NYT hardbound obituaries
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/sept-11-reckoning/portraits-of-grief.html

    back from the tangent .. meddling again we are .. story for a different time in history for a less engineered brain …. BUT when is the right time ? (guess’in) when the country can’t survive in the OpSys – to silly stupid to compete in a fast paced do or die world

    dodododoX2 (thats in a hollywood music tone) .. central planners – can’t live with ‘em can’t live without ‘em

    well – enough said – hit submit – goto next story

  2. Tony61 says:

    One thing that still puzzles me is the ability of many very intelligent individuals to deny the full elegance of Darwinian evolution. I think theistic evolutionists, as found for example in the Roman Catholic Church, are the most puzzling.

    They can understand the process of genetic mutation and natural selection, the age of the earth, the fossil record, molecular biology, etc, yet persist in the superfluous belief that a god is necessary to orchestrate the process. This brand of creationism is odd to me.

  3. econimonium says:

    I think this dichotomy is easier to accept if you look at the latest poll of economist who, after 30 years of evidence to the contrary, still believe in magical “trickle-down’ economics or that this is, somehow, a supply problem. It’s the story that, once you’ve committed your life and study and worldview to a theory, you can’t back away because then everything you’ve bet the farm on suddenly is wrong. Therefore YOU were wrong, your lifework was wrong, and everything you’ve believed is wrong. So to get over the cognitive dissonance, you keep making things up that become more and more outlandish, like “intelligent design” when it’s blatantly apparent that there doesn’t need to be a deity involved anywhere in this process. And just read the comments that happen here when official statistics are tossed at people! The stats are wrong, or misguided, or the methodology is wrong, etc etc. Then when you point out that you can use other methods and still end up with the same curves, it’s something else that’s wrong ad infinitum. You can’t win with people like this.

    This is why you have tenured Harvard Professors lying, and an entire school in Chicago that has failed to answer any questions that match reality, and an ever wider gap between have and have not. As Max Planck said, science progresses one funeral at a a time. It’s going to be the same way with this. An entire generation has to die and one has to replace it realizing it’s silly for us to get past this. Or we’ll just get overtaken by countries not encumbered by this level of stupidity and superstition. It’s time we all called “faith-based” anything the crap science that it is and labeled it superstition. And publicly shame those spouting it.

  4. tonymc says:

    How can the most advanced society have so many that believe in Creationism?

    Is Nye tolerant?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCYUeoC5WiA

  5. philipat says:

    “Creationism” itself is a gross over-simplification of the real philosophical issues.
    Did these people ever really look at a molecule of DNA? And how can they then belive that this was randomly created by a purely accidental confluence of Carbon atoms? Belief in evolution is NOT inconsistent with a belief in God.

  6. whskyjack says:

    “And how can they then be live that this was randomly created by a purely accidental confluence of Carbon atoms?”

    The theory of evolution doesn’t believe in random creation. Evolutionary theory proposes that there is a mechanism involved that they call natural selection. The randomness is in the creation of changes to the genome, but changes to cell genome happen all the time, It is why I had skin cancer. When a change affects a cell involved in reproduction then the change can be passed on. Natural selection determines if the change stays around.
    Think of it as the difference between pulling a truck by tugging on a rope and hooking a hand winch to it. with the former you gain and then lose it all but with the winch every time the ratchet clicks you gain and never fall back. That is what natural selection does every time it removes a trait there is movement forward natural selection holds the forward movement. After 4 billion years that is a lot of ratchet clicks and a lot of interesting change can occur

  7. MidlifeNocrisis says:

    We can only hope that the human mind will continue to become more advanced over time, and that there will be a day where religion, voodo, mythology, and other forms of “magical thinking” will be gone.