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
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. Its’ 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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