Bill Nye Creationism Scandal: See How Some of Your Favorite Celebrities Embarrass Themselves Explaining How They Think the World Was Made [VIDEO]
The Bill Nye Creationism Scandal is proof that the era of American scientific achievement could very well be waning. It began with Mr. Nye, a scientist and former television personality most popular for his truly charming children's television show Bill Nye The Science Guy, taking a bold stance by speaking out against creationism, and in favor of evolutionism (read: science and rational thought) on BigThink's Youtube channel.
Now, while it may not seem courageous to speak out in favor of a scientific idea that's all but been demonstrated right before our eyes, that such an act counts as bravery is a sobering indication of the times we're living in. Right now, this country's media waves have been taken over by a party quick to label anything that doesn't toe-the-line with its ideology as discriminatory and un-American. For this surprisingly large and potent fringe group, education and its empirical trappings are at their best the last vestige of an elitist culture these people hate, and at their worst an evil that needs to be stamped out for a truth that comes from the viscera.
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Take a look at Bill Nye's speech below:
The video, which has 2.7 million hits and 90,713 comments at time of writing, has ignited a media firestorm extending far beyond the world of science and its detractors by storm due to Nye's claim that creationism is inappropriate for children.
This morning, he went on CBS to explain his YouTube video.This is what he had to say:
"You can believe what you want religiously. Religion is one thing, but science, provable science is something else. My concern is you don't want people growing up not believing in radioactivity, not believing in geology and deep time. You don't want people in the United States growing up without the expectation that we can land spacecraft on Mars. You want people to believe in science, this process, this great idea that humans had to discover more about the universe and our place in it, our place in space. And I really want to emphasize, I'm not attacking anybody's religion, but science, if you go to a museum and you see fossil dinosaur bones, they came from somewhere, and we have by diligent investigation have determined that the earth is 4.54 billion years old. The sun is a star, like all the other stars you see in the sky, and we are made of the same stuff. This is wonderful! This is fantastic discoveries that fill me with reverence, make me excited."
According to Nye, science isn't just for scientists. It's essential to the voting process that defines our democracy and fuels our country. "I encourage everybody who's a voter this year to evaluate the candidates based on their stand on science," he said, "Rick Santorum made a reference to sonograms...well, you wouldn't have sonograms without science, and furthermore, if you ask any physician, they will tell you, he or she will tell you, that science came, the modern medicine largely came from the space program."
Nye finished his remarks elegantly: "It's for the betterment of the United States, the United States economy and our future. What makes the United States great, the reason people wanted to live in the United States, move here still, is because of our ability to innovate. This goes back to Ben Franklin and Thomas Alva Edison and George Washington Carver, let alone landing on the moon, Neil Armstrong. All these people believed in science. This morning, talking about Hurricane Isaac, and we're watching satellite maps made with spacecraft orbiting the earth, and this all comes from science. If you have this idea that the earth is only 6,000 years old, you are denying, if you will, everything that you can touch and see. You're not paying attention to what's happening in the universe around you. As I say, this is bad for kids."
It's not like Mr. Nye is preaching to a choir of a country. According to a Gallup poll taken two months ago, 46 percent of Americans were found to believe that God created man, and 32 percent espouse the Intelligent Design theory which dictates that God had a hand in guiding evolution along.
According to the poll, only 15 percent of Americans believe in evolution as a scientific mechanism that exists absent of a religious creator or a spiritual motor.
Where do you stand? Feel free to share what you feel in your heart and think in your brain in the comments section below. But before you do, here are clips of some of our favorite celebrities weighing in on how the universe was created, and other scientific theories and possibilities.
Here's Sherri Shepherd not understanding history, scientific or religious:
But to be fair, she also didn't know if the world was round:
Move over, Stephen Hawking: here's a video of Britney Spears talking about time travel:
And lastly, here's a Top Ten list of the craziest things celebrities think count as actual science
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