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Bill Nye Slams Creationism: Denying Evolution 'Holds Everybody Back'

Bill Nye the Science Guy says there's no reason to believe in creationism because it's "completely inconsistent with everything" and urges parents not to teach their children about it because it "holds everybody back."

In the video titled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate for Children," Nye says: “When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in evolution, it holds everybody back, really."

"Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's very much analogous in trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place."

"Once in a while I get people that claim they don't believe in evolution," he says. "And my response generally is '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."

"I say to grownups, if you want to live in your world without 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 tax payers 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," he concludes. "There's no evidence for it."

August 28, 2012 |

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