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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.

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"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. Chuckhashman

    Bill Nye is an idiot!! GOD is very real and he did create the world as the bible attests!!! Heres something else you can chew on Billy boy-- When a man lives long enough he will run into his maker and his handiwork!! When a man lives long enough he will also run into the battle Good Vs. Evil which is being waged accross our planet! Praise be to GOD!! If people like Bill keep pushing --GOD will come to this Earth --or even worse he may decide to open the gates of hell onto this world!! If you athiests don't back down you all will be very very very sorry!!

    August 28, 2012 at 4:48 am |
    • Karloff

      We are not backing down. We've had enough of fairy tales.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:49 am |
    • The truth always happens

      I'm guessing you're not too successful, beat your kids, and live from paycheck to paycheck with just enough left for the poor box? Wow are you an extreme case of brainwashing in action. Scary.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • The truth always happens

      I'm guessing you're not too successful, beat your kids in the name of God, and live from paycheck to paycheck with just enough left for the poor box? Wow are you an extreme case of brainwashing in action. Scary.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • Dave

      Sorry, but your cosmic rapist stories don't scare me, or any other atheist. You want to live in abject fear, down on your knees like a good little slave, be my guest. Just don;t expect me, (or any other person capable of rational thought) to join you in such masturbatory activities.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:59 am |
    • sam stone

      wow, dave.....well put

      August 28, 2012 at 6:43 am |
  2. Candi

    Just a little arrogant are we, Bill?

    August 28, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • sam stone

      as opposed to believing that the creator of the universe desires eternity with you?

      how about the arrogance of purporting to speak for this omnipotent being?

      tell us again, candi, who IS the arrogant one?

      August 28, 2012 at 6:46 am |
  3. Brad76

    Doesn't matter what Bill Nye or whatever his name is thinks. People are free to do as they wish.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:45 am |
  4. Alissa

    Even Darwin himself said that both Evolutionary Theory and Creationist Theory can exist together. As for Bill Nye's assertion that the Bible says the earth was created in six days is inaccurate. If he had much Biblical knowledge, it specifically states in the Bible that God's time is different than our time, which would actually put creation within the time frame he is refering to. Who cares if you choose to believe in Creationism or Evolutionary theory? They are both technically theories and unprovable at this point.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:43 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Chapter and verse, or it's BS. Where exactly does the Babble say that ?

      August 28, 2012 at 4:48 am |
  5. Nate Mullikin

    Somehow "My invisible BFF did it" isn't enough anymore.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:32 am |
  6. ABMiller

    So, the gist is that Bill wants our kids to be taught his idea of scientific "truth" for tax purposes.

    Got it. Sound familiar, Libs?

    Bye Bill. See you in the next life...

    August 28, 2012 at 4:32 am |
  7. vFunct

    "God" is just a theory.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:29 am |
  8. Edward MacGuire

    Dan Wood re. species currently in transition.
    All species are in transition but consider the platypus, a furry mammal that lays leathery reptilian type eggs, feeds it's young milk (not from teats but milk that seeps from pores in the skin) and has a poisonous spur on it's ankle. There's no better example of a transitional creature showing both reptilian and mammalian features.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:29 am |
    • Nate Mullikin

      ...or the live cycle of the frog, or the flightless ostrich and penguin, or the bat...

      August 28, 2012 at 4:40 am |
    • Nate Mullikin

      Of course the beauty in magic is that one can simply declare the platypus or the ostrich or the human finished, complete and perfect, just damaged by sin. How can that be argued against? How do you reason with a person that is taking instruction from Mr Bimble, the man that lives in their thumb.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:52 am |
  9. jamespg47

    RELIGION: a group of people undoubtedly believing in something they read in a 'book'. SCIENCE: a group of people undoubtedly believing in something they read in a 'textbook'.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:29 am |
    • Surthurfurd

      I will fly in a plane built based on science.
      You can fly on a carpet based on mythology.
      Lets see who gets to their destination faster.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:30 am |
    • That Guy Over There

      Here's one for ya...
      Definition of IDIOT
      1usually offensive : a person affected with extreme mental retardation
      2: a foolish or stupid person

      August 28, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      Nonsense. Much of proving hypotheses is trying to disprove it. Science is based on doubt more than anything. It is the questions and doubt that drive it more than any other thing. You really believe we would be where we are today if everyone just "believed" what they read in a textbook?

      August 28, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • jamespg47

      Why would I fly on a carpet based on mythology? That's just silly, I'd probably just use a plane. Thank you for the definition of 'idiot', you've been very helpful in this discussion. I agree that science is based on doubt. But science (quantum physics in particular) is now telling us that through our physical senses we are only experiencing a very small part of what's actually happening in our lives. So how do we create a sustainable hypothesis if things are in a constant state of change and if we're not even sure of what percentage of reality we're using to create this hypothesis?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:01 am |
  10. LOL

    Y'know that poster that you're shown in school that shows the "evolution" from Neanderthal to present? There seems to be some pretty big jumps in the "evolution" process or its utter BS, I will go with the latter as school has never been much use when it come to an education.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • Surthurfurd

      Thanks to the efforts of people who want to deny reality, public schools are not teaching science. This is why the US is so far behind in education.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:29 am |
    • Ben

      We didn't evolve from Neanderthals, mor0n

      August 28, 2012 at 4:29 am |
    • That Guy Over There

      Maybe, just maybe, we are far behind on education because we let our kids eat themselve into obesity, watch 8 hours of TV a day and play video games until their thumbs bleed. I doubt "Evolution VS Creation" is the reason...

      August 28, 2012 at 4:35 am |
  11. LOL

    Y'know that poster in you're shown in school that shows the "evolution" from Neanderthal to present? There seems to be some pretty big jumps in the "evolution" process or its utter BS, I will go with the latter as school has never been much use when it come to an education.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:26 am |
  12. heyheyhey

    It is really annoying when you live in the south and everytime you go downtown there is some religious bible thumpers singing in the town square why ya gotta mash it into peoples faces?

    August 28, 2012 at 4:24 am |
    • Yoho

      Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so.
      Little ones to him belong, they are weak but he is strong.
      Yes Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus loves me, the bible tells me so.
      You're gonna burn!!

      August 28, 2012 at 4:29 am |
    • Secular Humanist Fred

      They say you can't fix stupid and I agree. We don't have the technology to fix stupid yet. We may never get there.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:06 am |
  13. LOL

    Says Bill Nye the freemason guy.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:23 am |
  14. galaxybeing

    six degrees,what conclusions has the western world
    drawn from the concept of infinity.respectfully.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:21 am |
  15. heyheyhey

    Ya cause Europe knows what came out of the middle east is a sham. We are the only i d i ots that believe it. Thanks to all your Bible thumpers from the south and midwest.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:21 am |
  16. Surthurfurd

    Bob.. you seem to not only have a problem with the scientific method, you have a problem with the dictionary.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:18 am |
  17. Rampency

    Well maybe not your kids Bob. They are a lost cause.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:16 am |
  18. TampaMel

    This discussion of God OR evolution is a waste of time. For those people who believe that God created everything, evolution does not throw that belief out. To teach that God created the world to the exclusion of the process that got us to this point is to deny a tested science because of a belief. For those of you who say, evolution is not science because it is a 'Theory' are either misunderstanding the word theory in this case or using that word for your own purposes. It is not theory that evolution exists, the theory and the attempt at understanding, is HOW the process works and what came before what exists now. There is a thing called Electron Theory which explains electricity. Even though we use the word 'theory' in this case, if you stick your finger in an electrical outlet you will find out that theory is fact.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:15 am |
  19. Bob

    Who gives a flying you know what about what "Bad Hair Bill" thinks. Only on CNN with our economy going down the tubes could this get so much coverage...zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:12 am |
    • Herby Sagues

      "So much coverage" as in a small online article? I guess you are the kind of person that thinks any screen time for displays of reason is too much exposure.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:19 am |
    • Lee

      Bob exemplifies stubborn, fear based, enlightenment averse thinking typical in rural America.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:23 am |
  20. Bob

    Who gives a flying you know what about "Bad Hair Bill" thinks. Only on CNN with our economy going down the tubes could this get so much coverage...zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:11 am |
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