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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. Dusty Parris

    Those who still cling to pre-scientific religious fictions, ignoring the truths discovered through modern science, should at least take notice when the biology department at the world's most prominent Baptist university, where a statement of faith is a prerequisite for teaching, unequivocally support evolution through the following statement, which you can look up on their web site:

    "Evolution, a foundational principle of modern biology, is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence and is accepted by the vast majority of scientists. Because it is fundamental to the understanding of modern biology, the faculty in the Biology Department at Baylor University, Waco, TX, teach evolution throughout the biology curriculum. We are in accordance with the American Association for Advancement of Science's statement on evolution. We are a science department, so we do not teach alternative hypotheses or philosophically deduced theories that cannot be tested rigorously."

    August 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • OOO

      I guess the Texas School board never got wind of this.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • pat

      That is quite a trump card.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • sharkfisher

      Evolution was first put forward by Charles Darwin as a JOKE. If you want to believe that joke as scientific fact go ahead.Scietific "facts" are nothing more than guesswork on the part bunch of educated morons looking for more free grant money so they don't have to get a real job.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  2. Smarter than ewe

    And what part of Gods plan was to infect the priesthood with Sandusky's? Oh wait the Devil made him do it.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  3. justmetoo

    I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV,

    It's over. We lose.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  4. irlmwookie

    And what if your kids learn both and say "Mom, I think Creationism is stupid, I'm learning evolution." Then what?

    Evolution is a theory. It have been tested, data scrutinized and proven time and time again over 140 years. Creationism is not a theory. It is dogma. Calling it a theory is false equivalence. Dogma is the complete opposite of theory. It's like saying "Oh I know everybody says there is gravity and it's all proven and whatever, but my daddy told me there is no gravity and that's what I believe and that's what you will believe too or I will drop you off a building and you can find out for yourself." Having smashed the scissor with your rock, you send your kids off to make their way in the world.

    You only call Creationism a theory because you have wishful thinking that the world is the world described in the bible. Or you fear God. Either way, it says your belief and fears are more important than the survival and thriving of your children.

    And there's a lot at stake. Your kids are inheriting a warmer, more crowded, contentious, more depleted Earth. And the kids after them gets it much, much worse. Do you really think they can tackle the big problems if they've been told God is in the driver's seat and they are not qualified? What was it that allowed the plane you flew in to make it safely from Poughkeepsie to Pocatello? Did God hold it up in the air or was it the Venturi flow and Pratt & Whitney turbojets?

    Is your belief more important than the survival of your kids, your grandkids, or humanity, even though the evidence is all around you that the sins of our past are now coming to flood, starve and choke us and you don't want them to at least try to fix it? And you want them to try to fix it with Creationism? Or Black magic? Or, even more unthinkable, SCIENCE.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Ken

      So if evolution is true, then who the heck cares. Take what you can get, don't have kids, and have all the fun you can. Live as immoral as you wish and the heck with the consequences because after you're dead it won't affect you, right?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • pat

      @ken – That's how I roll.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      @ Ken, just because one doesn't believe in creationism does not mean one lacks human decency where they become immoral.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • sbp

      In other words, Ken, you are moral ONLY because the Bible told you to be? And you have kids only because the Bible told you to? You not only don't understand evolution, you don't understand yourself.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • sam

      Ken, seriously.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • creation_myth

      I think the problem is people don't understand the DEFINITION of the word "THEORY" when it comes to Science. It is quite a STRONG word to say. But in regular speech people say "theory" like it is just some far-fetched or unproven thing.

      Calling something a theory is actually quite a STRONG evidence. To quote a web site "A scientific theory summarizes a hypothesis or group of hypotheses that have been supported with repeated testing. A theory is valid as long as there is no evidence to dispute it."

      When people call "Creationism" and "Evolution" both theories, they are WRONG! Evolution is a theory, Creationism is a hypothesis which has been disproven time and time again by the mountain of evidence that is out there. Take any creationist hypothesis and design an experiment that can show why it is not true.

      Look at the age of fossilized bones, look at DNA evidence and all the other mountains of evidence about the LONG-TERM DYNAMICS of LIVING ORGANISMS on this planet over the span of BILLIONS of years. Look at embryological development, genes, speciation and other concepts. All of these come together in a cohesive understanding. Creationism does no such thing, it does not rationally explain anything AT ALL.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • OTOH

      Ken"
      "Take what you can get, don't have kids, and have all the fun you can. Live as immoral as you wish..."

      Believers can (and do) do the same thing. All they have to do is say, "Save me, Jesus." and it's all OK!

      August 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  5. Eli

    A recent study shows that 100% of priests are child molesters and that evolution is real. It's true because I read it in a book and the book said it was.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Allison

      I read that same book and enrolled to become a priest immediately after.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  6. Reality

    Besides the dinosaurs and other fossils in the evolutionary process:

    As per National Geographic's Genographic project:
    https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/

    " DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who about 60,000 years ago began a remarkable journey. Follow the journey from them to you as written in your genes”.

    "Adam" is the common male ancestor of every living man. He lived in Africa some 60,000 years ago, which means that all humans lived in Africa at least at that time.

    Unlike his Biblical namesake, this Adam was not the only man alive in his era. Rather, he is unique because his descendents are the only ones to survive.

    It is important to note that Adam does not literally represent the first human. He is the coalescence point of all the genetic diversity."

    For your $99 and a DNA swab:

    "Included in the markers we will test for is a subset that scientists have recently determined to be from our hominin cousins, Neanderthals and the newly discovered Denisovans, who split from our lineage around 500,000 years ago. As modern humans were first migrating out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals and Denisovans were still alive and well in Eurasia. It seems that our ancestors met, leaving a small genetic trace of these ancient relatives in our DNA. With Geno 2.0, you will learn if you have any Neanderthal or Denisovan DNA in your genome."

    August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  7. justmetoo

    I didn’t resort to an attack. Unlike these other people on this blog, I can admit that I am wrong and the debate is over.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Mass of Neurons

      Wrong about what?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • justmetoo

      Wrong about evolution. Creationism is the way to go just as Super Smart Creationist, PhD said.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  8. God is not real

    An actual quote from a creationist:
    "Despite evidence to the contrary, I am still a creationist because I deeply believe that the Bible is true. How and why it is true, I leave that up to God."

    How sad, that people are this brainwashed.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • mebury

      religion is not about believing in god, it is about power and control. It will say and manufacture anything to maintain that control. just ask the Taliban

      August 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Sad for them, maybe, but at least it's honest. I have much more respect for someone who owns up to that rather than trying to convince me and everyone else that there is evidence for creation, geologic evidence of a worldwide flood, scientists are part of a conspiracy, evolution is a faith etc. etc. etc. Those arguments are deluded AND dishonest.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  9. drmikeyd

    God ans creation will always be bashed, in this life. Eternal life, however, will show light on all things, and we must believe in God, and the saving power of the atonement made possible by Jesus Christ. A man can live reasonably well ignoring this, but will be judged, and no one escapes judgement. So, if the six day creation is too fast for some, it is all a matter of faith. However mention of the morning and the evening. Well, makes it loo like a 24 hr day. Remember this, God does not use time, only we do, so be bot confused, when such people speak. Kids need faith too.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • OOO

      You use too many words to say nothing.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Kids need faith.
      We should teach children to strive to die gloriously in battle so they reach Valhalla.
      We should also teach them that Ma'at will weight their heart against a shu feather when they die and if their heart is heavier than the feather, it won't be a good time for in the afterlife.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • nope

      @doc vestibullsh it
      nope.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Kona

      Yawn.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • mebury

      how do you know all these things....? because the bible says so.... now that's funny considering the bible as a book doesn't exist.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  10. Tony Montana

    The left spams this. College grads are more likely to believe in god. The bible is a dated book. Science is simply an observation of gods creation. HOW god made the universe. It shouldn't take much comprehension to understand this and humans cannot make the solar system, galaxy filled with billions of stars and billions of galaxies.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • this guy

      Im pretty sure it is quite the contrary. College grads are prob more likely to not believe in god these days...at least the intelligent ones that don't receive a diploma from places like Liberty University anyways.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • this guy

      Im pretty sure it is quite the contrary. College grads are prob more likely to not believe in god these days...at least the intelligent ones that don't receive a diploma from places like Liberty University anyways.

      We should probably establish who college grads are more likely to believe than as well. Than people that don't graduate from college? I doubt it.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • donna

      Humans making the universe is part of a different creation myth. Should we teach all creation myths or just the christian one?

      August 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  11. Bob

    Interesting. An entire article based on the assumption that creationism is holding back Science. Yet not one citation of what exactly is being impeded. That's when you know true Science is informing the article-no references or examples are provided. Nothing but feelings are required....

    Where would we be without the discoveries of Judeo-Christian scientists or the contribution of the eductaion system we have today that was created by the Catholic Church?

    August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • sam

      Humans tend to stop really looking at things once they feel they have 'the answer'.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • pat

      That church used to burn scientists at the steak.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • pat

      You're right, the article didn't go there.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • donna

      The example is in the thesis. Teaching Creationism as a scientific theory teaches people to reject the value of evidence and accept dogma and tradition. That's it- that's how it impedes progress.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • David Larimer

      No, creationism doesn't hold back science. Scientists mostly ignore creationism as religious mythology. However teaching creationism in public schools as a scientific reality on the order of evolution damages kid's critical thinking. We don't teach the other creation myths. Why would we purposefully mislead kids? That's malignant.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  12. Don

    There is a way for creationism and evolution to live together! As a christian and one who has lived in the world of science all my working life the answer is that God was the orgin of life that started in a way that is still largly unknown to both the religious and scientific communities. A simple faith that human beings were created by a divine power does not eliminate science.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • this guy

      It does eliminate science bc there is no scientific basis for that assumption.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Kona

      The problem is not creationism, the problem is the endless religious manifiestos and doctrines humans create and then attribute to some deity for the purpose of social control. One can still believe in a creative intelligence without all that nonsense, but that would be too easy.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • snydergal

      I completely agree with Don's post...if one tries to compartmentalize God and say Genesis literally means our concept of 7 days of creation, then we are attempting to know the mind of God, which is impossible. My view is much like Don's in that I have believed all my life that the two (creationism and evolution) are well within God's plan. As a Christian, I absolutely believe God began the human race in the Garden of Eden...as a discerning intelligent human being, I cannot deny the facts found in carbon dating studies of ancient fossil remains...if God can creat man, he can also allow for investigation and confirmation of planet plant and animal life, the upheaval of mountains, and history of the sea.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • donna

      There's no evidence to support that idea. So there's no reason to include that in a science class.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • mebury

      i disagree... our species will not survive as long as we hang on to these ridiculous bronze age beliefs.... my god..your god..their god....
      such a silly concept.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  13. Qman

    It's funny how he states that this nation doesnt need people who believe in creationism–let alone,t hat we should not allow anyone else to further to believe in it. He also states that in order for our ongoing success in science, taxpaying and govermental issues that we will need to believe in evolution.

    Funny.. He also mentions that believing in creationism holds us back.

    How does he explain how the USA has became the most powerful country in the world? Especially with most of its population believing in creationism. I don't see how that has held us back at all in the past.

    His theory is wrong.

    Limiting the thoughts and the beliefs of a nation will NOT improve how we operate as a country. How retarded.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Bob

      Retarded? Really? You're dumb.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • owl96

      First, it is incorrect to say that most Americans believe in Creationism when fewer than half do (46% according to the study). I was a bit surprised at the number that believe in God directed evolution (of which I am one). I thought it would have been smaller. But Nye needs to step back and allow some freedom of religion, part of which is parents instructing their children in their chosen belief system. Schools however also need to teach science. Parents need review the text books and let the children know where there may be some faith issues that challenge that. Science in schools, faith at home and in church. It works.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Qman

      Incorrect, you can review the last cencus completed and you will see that the percentage you listed was far too low.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Listen2Others

      Hmmm. If we are the "most powerful" country in the world, then why would our economy, energy, and building blocks of our cities and towns suddenly dissapear if China called in our huge, fiscal debt to them? We just think we are the most powerful in the world.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Qman

      Military might, we most certainly are.

      Economically considering, no we are not.

      My point being, we would not have the country we have if it were not for the people whom built it.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • donna

      Where are we today in science and education compared to the other industrialized nations?

      August 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Qman

      Do some research, maybe you can answer that yourself.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Simran

      The US has become the most powerful country (Wait, is that even true?) bcoz of its pathetic political history. US has been no better than colonial European countries. They will march with their armies pretty much everywhere. The greatest enemy you could create was the Islamic world, and no, it isn't their fault alone. US messed with them too.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • David Larimer

      "only" 46% believe in this mythology ... and this isn't the 46% that created the wealth and power in this country. Creationism is prevalent among the uneducated. Scientists and engineers created intellectual property upon which our economy is based and they overwhelmingly reject this nonsense.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  14. Joe

    Just finished reading the article, just about to start reading the comments. I can't wait to see what friendly, intelligent conversation arises from this!

    August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  15. pat

    Creationist doubt Carbon Dating Methods. Why don't they get mad at DNA analysis? Modern humans have Neanderthal DNA in them from interbreeding and we share the vast amount of our DNA with primates. Why don't they object to courts of law using this science?

    August 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • sam

      They're not sure DNA exists, so they just shrug.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • donna

      They cherry pick science like they cherry pick their bible.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  16. pat

    Creationist doubt Carbon Dating Metods. Why don't they get mad at DNA analysis? Modern humans have Neanderthal DNA in them from interbreeding and we share the vast amount of our DNA with primates. Why don't they object to courts of law using this science?

    August 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  17. Super Smart Creationist, Ph.D.

    You liberal scientists think you're so smart. If humans come from apes, why can't humans procreate with apes? Huh?? CHECKMATE!! I WIN!! The correct answer is, God created everything! PhD please!!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • sam stone

      I suspect yo mama procreated with an ape.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • DR. THEORETICAL HIPPY

      Thank you! I agree 100%! 🙂

      August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      we did not come from apes we have a common ancestor... please read a book thats not the bible

      August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • pat

      We mated with Neanderthals. FACT.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • justmetoo

      Well, I can admit when I'm wrong. I have no rebuttle for that statement. My side has lost the debate. Creationism is the way to go.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Super Smart Creationist, Ph.D.

      When liberals run out of valid arguments, they resort to ad hominem attacks. Typical liberal behavior.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Super Smart Creationist, Ph.D.

      CHECKMATE!! I WIN!!

      You did did you? What exactly did you win?

      Your ignorance is stupefying.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Listen2Others

      Any credible Physical Anthropologist would never suggest that we were the offspring of apes. There are many theories, but most professionals in that field, as did Darwin, propose that there was a common ancestor eons ago. This gave rise to early hominids in the Levant, or The Fertile Circle.
      It's very rude to call people names like the one you chose. There are "mentally handicapped" people who you have just insulted. Don't be a Hater! (PS – If you have a Ph.D. of any kind, please post a copy, I'd love to see it.)

      August 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Lou

      It's funny how one person puts the cheese out there and all the 'geniuses' jump at the bait to prove just how smart they are...regardless of the side they take.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • David Larimer

      Hmmm ...

      Hey Super Smart. Did that Ph.D. come from Liberty University?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  18. mooseinfmp

    Ironically, the same children who were taught Creationism for the last 2000 years grew into the adults who brought forth Science to help explain God's creation...

    August 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Qman

      Nicely said, moose!

      August 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Wow, the size of Bill's head! When Darwin wrote his theory, he assumed cells were blobs. Now we know cells have billions of functions within – a massive nano-factory. If these billions of functions weren't working together at once, the cell would die. This is called irreducible complexity – and you can't have a cell spontaneously appear via evolution having billions of functions working – it either all works at once together or it dies. Evolution here is joke as a possibility. It takes more faith to believe the complexity of life came from goo that it does in an intelligent designer – God. But lets talk about the real issue – the real issue is that much of mankind refuses to see his reality around him through a Creator lens because then it means he must be accountable for how he lives – and man doesn't like that. If it feels good, do it. Enter Christ and forgiveness and reconciliation if we just surrender...

    August 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • sam

      Education could have done so much here...too late. Please don't breed. Maybe we can save the next generation.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Mass of Neurons

      What are we surrendering?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • niknak

      You want to surrender your mind to religion and be a sheep, that is your problem.
      The rest of us who are trying to drag humanity foreward into a more modern era will do just fine without you and your fairy tales.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      it takes more faith to believe in a theory based on facts than to believe in a magical all knowing person in the sky thats from a book written by men that heard voices? that makes sense.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • pat

      Something being too complex for you to understand is in no way evidence against it being true.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • CC

      You sir are exactly the type he is talking about. Stop being a child about, your great all knowing all powerful fairy in the sky doesn't exist.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      There are no example of "irreducible complexity".
      Professor Behe's arguments were absolutely destroyed on public record in the Kansas evolution court case.
      ID = BUNK

      August 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • sixin

      niknak, you missed the point entirely with your false assumption. He didn't say anything about religion.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Qman

      Lol.

      The theory of not believing in anything, is more flawed than the accusations the replies have been made to this comment.

      "You want to surrender your mind to religion and be a sheep, that is your problem.
      The rest of us who are trying to drag humanity foreward into a more modern era will do just fine without you and your fairy tales"

      Lol. I guess you forgot to point out that this nation was built upon its population believing in god. For the past hundreds of years it has been the believers dragging you through life.

      i wont forget to include that this nation is still based mostly of a populous that believes in god.

      Thank you.

      /next story

      August 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Boing

      Kevin, you appear intelligent. What is the origin of God?

      August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  20. todd cook

    micro-evolution of a very small scale exists. Macro-evolution– of the type necessary for an ape to evolve into a human being– does not. The evidence for that type of evolution does NOT exist. Repeat, does NOT exist. Repeat again– does NOT exist.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • sam

      That's because apes didn't evolve into humans. God, please read a book.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Matt

      Quick, hide all the fossils before the kids see them!

      August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Mass of Neurons

      Could you repeat that again, please?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Dave

      Say a lie enough times...

      August 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • OOO

      If you repeat it enough you will be wrong an infinite number of times.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • niknak

      Why don't you first READ about what the theory is before making ill advised comments that show your ignorance.
      Second, where is your proof that we did not evolve from other species?
      See, evolution has heaps of evidence that all life here today evolved from less complex species.
      You have nothing but 2000 year old fables passed down by goat herders.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      how many micro evolutions does it take before its considered something different?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The whole "micro vs. macro" evolution argument is an attempt at obfuscation by Creationists who found themselves unable to deny the demontrated evidence.
      But speciation has been observed in the laboratory.
      Recent work by Richard Lenski has even shown new bacterial species evolving in the laboratory. Lenski and his student Zachary Blount note that "E. coli cells cannot grow on citrate under oxic conditions, and that inability has long been viewed as a defining characteristic of this important, diverse, and widespread species." They then exposed several identical populations of E. coli to an environment high in citrate and low in other energy sources. "For more than 30,000 generations, none of them evolved the capacity to use the citrate. … [O]ne population eventually evolved the Cit+ function [a gene that could metabolize citrate], whereas all of the others remain Cit− [unable to metabolize citrate] after more than 40,000 generations." Given that the Cit- trait is a defining feature of E. coli, the population that gained Cit+ are considered a new species.
      Dig?

      The time scales involved in producing noticable changes in an organism are staggering. We can observe 40000 generations of bacteria in a lab, but not 40000 generations of more complex organisms.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • nope

      @doc vestibullsh it
      nope

      August 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
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