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Bill Nye slams creationism
August 27th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

Bill Nye slams creationism

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)–Famed TV scientist Bill Nye is slamming creationism in a new online video for Big Think titled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children."

"Denial of evolution is unique to the United States," Nye begins in a YouTube video posted on Thursday.  The video quickly picked up steam over the weekend and as of Monday morning had been viewed more than 1,100,000 times.

Nye - a mechanical engineer and television personality best known for his program, "Bill Nye the Science Guy" - said the United States has great capital in scientific knowledge and "when you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in it, it holds everyone back."

"Your world becomes fantastically complicated if you don't believe in evolution," Nye said in the Web video.

Creationists are a vast and varied group in the United States.  Most creationists believe in the account of the origins of the world as told in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

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In the creation account, God creates Adam and Eve, the world, and everything in it in six days.

For Christians who read the Genesis account literally, or authoritatively as they would say, the six days in the account are literal 24-hour periods and leave no room for evolution.  Young Earth creationists use this construct and biblical genealogies to determine the age of the Earth, and typically come up with 6,000 to 10,000 years.

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The Gallup Poll has been tracking Americans' views on creation and evolution for the past 30 years.  In June it released its latest findings, which showed 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God, and 15% believed in atheistic evolution.

During the 30 years Gallup has conducted the survey, creationism has remained far and away the most popular answer, with 40% to 47% of Americans surveyed saying they believed that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years.

Survey: Nearly half of Americans subscribe to creationist view of human origins

"The idea of deep time of billions of years explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your worldview becomes crazy, untenable, itself inconsistent," Nye said in the video.

"I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that's completely inconsistent with the world we observe, 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 engineers that can build stuff and solve problems," he said.

Creationists' beliefs about the origins of the Earth are often a narrow focus, based in large part on religious beliefs, and while they reject evolution as "just one theory," they often embrace other fields of science and technology.

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In "The Genesis Flood," the 1961 book that in many ways help launch the Young Earth creationism movement in the United States, the authors write: “Our conclusions must unavoidably be colored by our Biblical presuppositions, and this we plainly acknowledge."  Their goal for the book was to harmonize the scientific evidence with the accounts in Genesis of creation and the flood.

The idea of creationism has been scorned by the mainstream scientific community since shortly after Darwin introduced "The Origin of Species" in 1859.  By 1880, The American Naturalists, a science journal, reported nearly every major university in America was teaching evolution.

"In another couple centuries I'm sure that worldview won't even exist.  There's no evidence for it. So..." Nye ends his video.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Creationism • Science

soundoff (14,640 Responses)
  1. Tyler

    Looks like theirs about 10,000 atheist arguing with themselves on here lol. Seem so confident in their own view and insecure at the same time.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Ellen

      Looks like your grammar is wanting.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • nojinx

      It's about 9,000 theists desperate to find a reason to hold onto their paradigm and 1,000 atheists rolling their eyes and looking embarrassed for their countrymen.

      Scroll down and you'll see what I mean.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • I'm with Bill

      You just have to write with faith instead of grammar I guess.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • T-Max73

      The non-supernaturalists (you can call them whatever your church tells you to call them) are trying to wake up the ignorant so the rest of us can proceed with advancing society. Those who believe these nonsensical ideas DO hold the rest back-be it in creationist ideas about biology, or stem cell research, or limiting over-population via contraception, you name it. Ignorance cannot be tolerated under the cloak of "live and let live," because the other side is so bent on dying and seeing their savior.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Milton

      Atheists aren't the insecure ones. We know that you become worm food when you die and we're okay with that. In contrast it takes blinding levels of existential fear to believe in religion.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  2. Yes..ok

    I wonder if he can make his bow-tie spin

    August 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Joel

      If I wore a bow tie I would make sure it could spin, because life is too short not to be goofy sometimes.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  3. NorthVanCan

    Only in America is the public debating this argument . All other civilized cultures have moved on to bigger and better things.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  4. AL

    yea some of this scientist tells us one thing today and tomorrow they say something different. because they really don't know a thing. example . years ago they said eggs were bad for you then years later they said eggs were good for you and now again they are saying is bad for you as bad as cigarette smoking. i definitely know that people like this clown mr nye is bad for us all.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Ellen

      You "know" nothing and you are very stupid, AL.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Joel

      Using science correctly means that you change your beliefs when evidence shows them to be wrong. This is a feature, not a bug.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Baphomet

      Yes, these are the same "White Coats" that said smoking was good for us in the 70's. It IS funny, because many people who claim that they are "scientific" just blindly accept "Corporate Science" aimed at keeping them logically ignorant, meaning, they can use logic and reason (and even rhetoric if you know your Trivium) to argue well for false ideas. Ideas like: Children should get vaccinated because scientists and doctors are actually here to help us. Wake up.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • brian

      God damn you people are stupid.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Conroebird

      If you say anything positive about God here, these people resort to nasty comments.
      They are a very unhappy group, and claim to be more intelligent ?
      They can soak in their hatred. Back to work, those that actually have a job...

      August 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Alex

      One thing I do know...your grammar is GOD awful.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Undercover Brother

      Ellen, why so nasty ?? Have you evolved into a bi_tch ?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Scientist

      Ever hear of the term "practicing medicine"? It is just that – practicing.

      Somebody may look at the cholesterol level in egg yolk and say, "don't eat egg yolks, they are filled with cholesterol!" Years later, somebody else realizes that your dietary cholesterol intake isn't as important as previously thought, so egg yolks are cool again. You learn. You adapt. You adjust. You wait for new information to come along. It doesn't necessarily mean the previous information was wrong, it was just incomplete. This is how science goes!!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • I'm with Bill

      Al, you should really ignore all science. Avoid any food, any medicine, the dentist. Stop brushing. All of that science stuff is really hokum for people like you who are above that sort of nonsense. Just get someone to lay hands on you and keep moving on out of the gene pool.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  5. NothingButTruth

    OK, so tell me. If something is created from the elements. When that something is created who takes care of it from infancy. Go figure, there has to be a higher being that started it all. You just cannot start something and say there it is. I guess with the evolutionist I would say stupid is as studpid does.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Huebert

      Evolution does not try to explain abiogenesis, that is honestly still a mystery. Evolution explains how life diversified into the myriad of forms we see today.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Joel

      That's a fascinating question! Abiogenesis is a rapidly advancing branch of science. It'd be great to read up on it!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • oh.my.gosh

      Based on your post above you really have no idea what evolution even is. Read something sometime and maybe you won't sound like an ignoramus.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • GenYer

      In a general area, evolution and abiogenesis are one in the same when it comes to how the world became what it is today. As Carl Sagan said: "We are star stuff."

      August 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • lar9166

      Take a chemistry class!!

      August 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  6. joe republic

    yea, cause that monkey thing is really where it's at right? let's teach them a flawed theory and not a science backed up biblical approach. google grady mcmurtry and his conversion to creationism from darwinism. this guy has smacked down more so-called scientist than anyone out there. but he realized that science did prove a devine creation. so this guy can believe the monkey thing all he wants but i'm teaching my kid's the real truth! not some phony hoax b.s.!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Huebert

      Evolution is among the most supported theories in all of science. It does not ask for faith and it can support every prediction it makes. Creationism, on the other hand, makes no predictions and is thus a useless postulation.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • jimbo913

      God help your poor children. Seems you will continue this form of abuse. See you next time you mow my lawn.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Jingles

      joe, "science did prove a devine creation"

      Andy Devine is the creator? Tarnation, Wild Bill!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • harleybird

      @Hubert the fact is the science does not support evolution. If so please show me..... What is true is that if one uses the scientific theory which is what you must use to prove or disprove a theory or law then evolution simply fails. No one that has ever lived has ever reproduced any evolution experiment in a lab. If it can't be tested then how can it be supported? I used to do lab experiments on mice. We mutated their genes to see if we can find drugs to help human kind. After mutating millions of mliions of mice genes not once did we ever create a new species. Weird huh?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Scientist

      @harleybird
      When you mutate many genes in a few cells (or even in all of the cells) within a mouse, you would not expect to create a new mouse. Think about it, these single gene changes are usually what results in tumor formation, right? Would you call that tumor "non-human?" Certainly, it is part of the human, it just has many gene changes in it! SO many more changes are required than would be expected from mutating a single somatic organism to prevent it from mating with its original species. This is why natural selection is required over such long periods of time – MANY changes have to happen.

      As far as not replicating natural selection in a lab, let's go back to the tumor example. Let's say you have a lung tumor, and a doctor treats you with drug X. Drug X targets all of the cells of a certain type within your tumor. But uh, oh! There are other cells in there too, that happen to be resistant to Drug X. After some time, you look back at your lung tumor, and it is completely resistant to Drug X! The population of tumor cells was SELECTED to be resistant to the drug! Just like Darwin proposed evolution of species to occur. Truth is, this happens all the time, people just choose not to think of it in the context of evolution.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  7. KH

    Buddhism is the answer. There was no God. It is all pure nature.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  8. What is real.

    I think creationist just like the idea of god better than anything else, true or not. So they go with it to the grave. I on the other hand at this point in my life prefer what makes more sense and is more real. That being science. The smartest creationist I have met are the ones that will admit this to me. I have respect for them for that.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Undercover Brother

      The smartest because they agree with you ? LOL, now that's funny !!!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  9. max3333444555

    even if i believe the bible, why would i worship god? the devil has done far more and been far more honest than god. god created the carrot and the stick not the devil.

    i see references to the devil deceiving in the bible but dont see the deceit.

    your own book should have you turn against a petty dictator of a god

    August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  10. scientific christian

    what an increbibly igonorant statement from someone who claims to be so knowledgable. check Wikipedia's list of notable Christian scientists to refute Bill's claim that Christian thinking blunts scientific discovery.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_thinkers_in_science

    I actually find his shows very entertaining and enjoy watching them with y children. Disappointed that he would make such a ridiculous statement.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Ellen

      Your name is a contradiction in terms. Faith and science are antithetical.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Pika

      Christains in science will only pick certain evidence that backs up their beliefs and will toss out evidence that does not lead to the conclusions that they are hoping to find. This in fact, is not science, this is fake science that christains want to believe. Your scientist that you so much want to believe are biased and are not recognized by the REAL scientific community. Please do yourself a favor and do some critical thinking.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  11. StopPostBashing

    Ignorance is lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc... But I've learned and read the same articles as many of the Atheist here and I don't BELIEVE it to be true. That doesn't make me ignorant. I learned it, I just don't believe it.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • JAK Da Man

      What part don't you believe? That humans have genes? That we have chromosomes? That we have DNA and RNA? That you inherit genes from your parents? That physical traits are expressed from genes? That genes can change or mutate? That some some environments are better for people with certain types of genes? Etc etc etc. What exactly is it that causes you to not believe in it?

      August 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  12. Paul Nay

    I doubt if people who dismiss evolution as "just a theory" have much idea what a scientific theory is. Scientific theories are the basis for falsifiable hypotheses – predictions that can be found true or false by research. Hypotheses derived from evolutionary theory have been pretty universally confirmed by research.

    Evolution isn't "just a" theory about biological origins. It's the ONLY theory.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • 633music

      Most know what impossible means. And the doctrine of evolution is impossible, but, keep the faith....

      August 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  13. MNFree

    "Mommy? Where did dad go after dieing in Afghanistan?" -Son
    "His particulate matter became dismembered due to an explosive charge and is no longer a symbiotic being, therefore you will never see your father again and I will attain another spouse in order to procreate." -Mom
    "Couldn't daddy still be alive in heaven? -Son
    "The concept of heaven is false. There is no God. You are pieces of this earth and when you die, you seize to exist." -Mom

    So heartfelt. I sure would of loved to live in a family that didn't believe in creationism in at least some form.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • brian

      I get what your trying to say, but its kind of dumb. Believing in religion just because you cant accept death is stupid.
      Its better to live life, realize how lucky we are to be here and how beautiful life is than to spend it praying to an imaginary being hoping that this life isnt the only one.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • pat

      The old "fallen hero" routine. So heaven exists if you REALLY want it to?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Ben R

      In what way does that scenario have anything to do with evolution or creationism? The only point you seem to be making is that athiests are incapable of empathy or of being good parents, which would be laughable if it wasn't so offensive

      August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Pika

      So let's make up stories just to make eachother feel better?

      "Ohhhh, I didn't get my project done it time, i went to the bar instead" – Worker
      "No, problem! We don't need to do projects to make money in this business, money just magically appears!" – Boss

      August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • RealMenLoveJesus

      MNFree – YES!!!!! I wish I had a thousand thumbs to thumbs up this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Brandon

      How about "Your father led a good life, he died fighting for his country, his friends, and the freedom of others. We will never see him again, but we will always have the memories, and we can share that with our friends and family."

      August 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  14. lobi99

    Christians need to exam a paper written by Israel Finlelstein who is a head of research in the Archaeology Dept, at the University of Tel Aviv. The paper is called "A low Chronology Update – Archaeology, history and bible". For a Jew to be saying that a century of Archaeology has found nothing to substantiate the OT is quite something.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • lobi99

      Sorry, Israel Finkelstein

      August 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • RealMenLoveJesus

      I'll examine that if you examine this...

      http://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html

      August 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • max3333444555

      realmen,

      if you read both of these articles how could you even compare the stuff at the link you posted? its not even logical much less scientific

      August 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  15. Dyslexic doG

    The bible is like a "Nigerian Email" from the bronze-age.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  16. Pope Benedict

    Children under the age of 18 should not be allowed in church. Their parents should not be allowed to take them there. Teaching creationism to gullible kids is child abuse. Thank the stars Palin isn't vice President, promoting creationism in schools instead of nutrition, as Michele Obama has done.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      amen!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • steelerguin

      I am assuming this post is a joke because it too unbelievable to treat this as something a rational person would write.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  17. larry

    Bill Bill Bill evolution is sooooo stupid

    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  18. Doug Roberson

    I agree with him, but if he wants to persuade people, why does he dress like a clown??

    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  19. Bruce

    I guess should he end up burning in a lake of fire, he will say, "i guess denying Christ is not so good either."

    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • max3333444555

      lake of fire wasnt ever a place of punishment for humans in the old testament.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  20. Athiest

    Out of the entire universe and all the billions of billions of galaxies and the trillions and trillions of worlds.... god chose us.

    No wait he did not.

    He selected a very tiny portion of the world in the middle east. His appearance, and his son, look like them.

    He watches over us and only us. But not those other guys over there. Sorry Mormons, Muslim, Hindu, only 2000 year old Christianity has the answers. Out of the entire universe, ONLY them have it right.

    Riiiiiight

    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Bruce

      he did, and you are mistaken. he watches over us all.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • max3333444555

      only humans would be arrogant enough to believe a super being could really care if you are an adulterer, covet women other than your wife, steal, etc. man created god. kept the rabble in line.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • RealMenLoveJesus

      True is true. 1 + 1 =2. it will always be 2. Water is wet. It's wet in California it's wet in Africa it's wet all over the world.
      We all need air to live. Truth is truth. It's not our truth. We didn't make it up. It's God's truth. Everybody can't be right.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
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