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

Bill Nye slams creationism

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(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. HeavenSent

    The big bang and evolution are lies against Jesus’ truth to cause doubt, creating confusion. Satan's lies are built on quick sand foundation. Not unlike the layer of cat litter and kitty poo that covers my floors. What part of Jesus' truth is clarity and satan's lies are confusion do you not comprehend? There are no flaws in His word.


    August 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Bennett

      Like the wise man said, prayer makes you hoard cats.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • TheChosenJuan

      What the hell are you doing living in such filth? Jesus, like your god, never existed. If you go back in history thousands of years before Christianity, you will see that the whole story of religion has its roots in sun worship. But I can bet you're probably not going to do that.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  2. b4bigbang

    I watched his video the other day and I couldn't help but notice how glassy Bill's eyes were.
    What's he on?

    August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      It's this new weed out called "Fvcking irrelevant"

      August 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      It's called "reality"... all of the cool kids are doing it. You should try it too.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • TheChosenJuan

      Ah, the old and tired ruse of attacking the person's character, because you lack the intelligence and wit to challenge the ideology. Keep going fundy, let's see how many more rhetorical fallacies you can come up with. Don't strain yourself, though.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  3. Dawson

    A thing to think about:

    The universe, as we know it, seems to be millions or billions of years old. I see this is something anti-creationalist's struggle with. However, consider the possibility, that if there is a God, perhaps He created the universe with an 'aged' appearance? Food for thought.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • saggyroy

      If he did, he's a jerk.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Tim

      This is just stupid. Why can't you just accept a fact instead of having to revert to a higher power. Are you really that uncomfortable with your own existence that you have to justify it? Sad.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Breakfast of Champs

      A thing to think about:
      Your god, like the thousands of other gods that have "existed," is fake. Ever consider that?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • saggyroy

      If there is a god, and he did do that, he's an ass, and I am glad I am an atheist.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      And the point of this would be? FYI, the universe appears to be 13.75 ± 0.11 billion years.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • saggyroy

      I thought my first post didn't go.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Eric

      Maybe this is food for thought for you but not for any person that has more than three neurons, is mildly literate, and finished third grade.
      I don't mean to sound insulting but what a dumb statement you just have made!

      August 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • TheChosenJuan

      God doesn't exist. Swallow that.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Ritti

      I get where you are going, but why not go the direction of God being just as, or older than the creation of the universe? There is no reason to discount science as an attempt at proving something that cannon be proven. I cannot say for sure that there is a God more than the Pope, not can I say there is not. It is foolish to think that we, a people that still have a vast amount of learning to do, can come to any such conclusion about the origin of "us" . Our understanding only goes so far, evolution is happening everyday and has for longer than we know but it is happening.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Thinker101

      I've never really considered a perspective like this. Technically, if it were possible to have an all powerful being, they (it) would be able to do such a thing, but there is too much paradoxical logic to comprehend such a thing. Bottom line, does human technology want to evolve or do we want to stop it? I choose progress and discovery, which inadvertently will drive us away from fundamentalism and tradition. God would be an total jerk to give us the drive to explore and experience but not want us to learn more and attempt to explain.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  4. ReligiousPoopShoot.com

    Any religion based on Jesus Christ is gonna lick balls, because Jesus does in fact lick balls.

    Cat's Cradle

    August 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Cat's Cradle

      I believe Jesus preferred to lick homeless people's buttholes. That is why he died from aids.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  5. paulbark

    The problem with many fundamental Christians is that they don't separate facts from beliefs / faith. To them, their beliefs are facts. So, they have no problem wanting their beliefs taught in public schools, because they think that they're facts.

    I have my religious beliefs. I'm Jewish. My beliefs are based on my faith, not on facts. For that reason, my religious beliefs should not be presented as facts in our public schools. And, I don't want other religions presenting their faith, their beliefs, as facts either.

    The very term "belief" or "faith" says in clear terms that these are NOT based on facts. Let's not pretend they are.

    Keep the faith. I have a lot of Christian friends, and their religion helps guide their moral behavior and brings them strength. Good for them. I also have some atheist friends who are good, kind, caring people. Good for them, too.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  6. tessaprn

    What's the difficulty of believing both?

    August 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Cat's Cradle

      They contradict each other. Science is purely based on observational fact while religion is based on controlling massive amounts of idiots.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Try and you'll see. Fantasy and baseless assertions will crash headlong into evidence and reasoning.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Cat's Cradle

      LOL ! 😀


      August 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  7. HeavenSense


    Adam: Oh my God, we’re nekkid!

    God: Yes! Your nekkidness is shameful! Cover yourselves!!

    Adam: I’m sorry! We…we didn’t know!

    God: Now you see the world as I do!

    Eve: Wait. You knew we were nekkid this whole time, and didn’t say anything?!

    God: Well you weren’t supposed to know!

    Adam: Yeah, we get that…but you did know! My dik’s just swingin’ on out here. Thanks for the head’s up!

    God: L…let’s move on…

    Eve: Come on God! We had a conversation while I was jogging yesterday. These things must have been flying everywhere! No wonder you were distracted!

    God: Well I work in mysterious ways!

    Adam: Hey God, were you checking out my girl’s t.i.t.s?

    God: Ah….get out! Get out of the garden you’re both banned.

    Eve: Yeah we busted him!

    God: Yeah you enjoy child birth b.i.t.c.h!

    August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      here you go:


      August 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      And here ya go:

      August 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • therealpeace2all


      LMAO !!! 😀


      August 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  8. UniversalMan

    I like Bill and believe he is well intentioned – but you know what they say about the best intentions; don't let someone else lead you to that choice as the worst thing would be realizing that choice was wrong for you – and since Bill brought children into this conversation; that realization would be even more overwhelming if you accepted his choice for your children...

    Creation Ministries International – http://www.creation.com – other scientists that see things differently than Bill DENYe the Science Guy ....

    Proverbs 4:19 "But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over."

    August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Cat's Cradle

      Neanderthal? Cro Magnon? Radioactive dating? All fake? Magic bearded guy made everything? Obviously real.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Proverbs 4:19 "But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over."

      Sounds an awful lot like christian science deniers to me. Could it be that you guys have come full-circle and are now the target of your favorite book?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • UniversalMan

      Cat's Cradle – I hear you; felt the same way for over 52yrs...
      One of my stumbling blocks was creation vs evolution – I found this organization and went to one of their forums and wanted to learn more because of that – check out creation.com – this site has many scientists looking at creation scientifically and drawing different conclusions than BNye – opportunity to keep things balanced and see what their thoughts are – was a small part of this new journey for me but it helped...

      August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • therealpeace2all


      Interesting... so, you used to be 'atheist' ? then went to creationists seminars and now you believe, what exactly ?


      August 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Cheesus Chrust Pizza Shop

      I really hope the correct religion is Heaven's Gate... Just don't drink the Kool-Aid.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • UniversalMan

      therealpeace2all – wouldn't say I was a full on atheist – I was just relating to Cat's Cradle's comments because it reminded me how I use to talk/think – just went to the one creation seminar probably to laugh and sneer at it because I mean, who would believe that version, after everything we've been taught in school, it just didn't make sense; so I wouldn't say that just going to a seminar was the turning point for me – I will say that something happened and I fully accepted and believe in Jesus Christ now; but I fully understand that I can't make that change for others and it's not my place to judge them if they don't – I appreciate you offering the word peace and I pray for His peace to be with you 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • therealpeace2all


      Thanks !


      August 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  9. Cat's Cradle

    If the church came out and said, "one plus one equals banana," you religious fvcktards would defend that to the death as well. Brainwashed morons.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • David Stone

      Thanks, well said.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Christopher Lewis

      Isn't funny how Bill specifically says he wants the children. Reminds me of something Satan would say. It is easier to change the foundation of group of people by attacking them at the roots. Bill, my children are going to be a wonderful, God fearing Americans who will contribute to our society with loyalty, pride, and intelligence. NO, you can't have them. I rebuke you Satan.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  10. One one

    This guy really annoyes me because

    I want a god who takes a personal interest in ME, ME, & ME
    I want a god who protects ME when life gets scary
    I want a god who validated MY values and beliefs to be 100% correct
    I want a god who gives ME easy answers to life's complicated questions
    I want a god who will let ME live forever after I die
    I want a god who will let ME look down at all those people who disagreed with me and watch them burn in hell

    August 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  11. Irrelevantor

    Bill, there are many engineers that build stuff who are believers in Christ. How is religion "keeping us in the stone age"? About a decade ago I kept a physical map of the city in my car in case I ever got lost. Now I can use the GPS on my phone, and the number of Christians in the world hasn't changed since then.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Dawson


      August 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      What's your point? In civilized countries the number of religious fanatics is on the decline. In the US, Barna's group shows people leaving the church in droves.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Cheesus Chrust Pizza Shop

      Who created GPS technology... oh yea, scientists.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Irrelevantor

      Moby Schtick, my point is that I believe religion doesn't impede civilization's technological advancement. Also, I can only assume that the rates of those who are religious has stayed relatively constant without empirical evidence.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Irrelevantor

      Cheesus Chrust Pizza Shop, yes, scientists did create GPS.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • JP

      Believing in Christ is a separate issue from believing that every word of the Bible is literal truth. You can believe the Bible is a collection of morality tales for guiding your life without taking genesis and Jonah and the whale as factual.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Irrelevantor

      JP, to a follower of Christ. the Bible is to be believed from front to cover. The Old Testament is fulfilled through Christ. I wasn't aware of this until I took a course on the Bible last year. It is not intended to be used a moralistic "self-help" book. It's to explain the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't believe religious zealots impede science? Do the words "stem cell research" mean anything to you?

      August 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  12. Chamberlain

    Creationists are the dumbest people on the planet, not that I consider them to be people.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Jamie Y

      This is the sort of hatred and ignorance that leads to violence and hate crimes. People who believe in creationism are not even people to you? What kind of horrible person are you? Everyone has a right to believe what they will. They are not less than you because they disagree.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  13. Rinda Lynn

    Sticks and stones may hurt me. But, names never will. So, now, the values, ettiquittes, manners that my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and all the generations before is now called by the name of creationism. Well, it is the only life I have known. And, I am not ashamed of knowing that kind of life. And, I will forever cherish all my ancestors who passed those values to me. All deserve to be known for the individual that they are. And, how they have been influenced by their ancestry and their beliefs. No one should ever be known by a name different than the one on their birth certificates.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Inglourious

      What does "values, ettiquittes, manners" have to do with creationism, the belief in a devine creator? Are you saying they are linked, that only creationists have them?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • JP

      The values of religion are not the problem in this case. You can believe that you should be nice to people without believing that geology, paleontology, biology, astronomy etc are all lies. Do you really believe 2000 year old tales written by desert nomads over the same scientific research whose evidence is all around you? If science is wrong, then there wouldn't be an internet for you to read this on.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • HannaK

      Go back far enough, many of your ancestors also believed that all celestial bodies revolved around earth and that our planet was flat. Honoring outdated and dangerous viewpoints just because they were taught to us wrongly does not validate them.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • moesmom

      What do manners and etiquette have to do with creationism?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Joe

      Your world is made of fantasy and ignorance.

      You don't know therefore you choose to fill in the gaps with your imagination.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Jim

      When I was 3 years old I neither knew about nor understood the concept of evolution. That doesn't mean that my 3 year old self isn't important to who I am today, but I realize that he was ignorant.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • kirock

      Its very nice that you respect the views that you were raised with. But you also have to realize that your ancestors also believed that the world was flat and that you would sail off the edge or be eaten by dragons. Believing in evolution in no way lessons a persons belief in God. Perhaps you need more faith in God.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Oso

      Rinda Lynn, I totally respect your opinion/ beliefs, but remember that people's parents, grandparents, etc believed the earth was flat back in the day. What happened is what happened regardless of what you believe.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Meg

      So by definition of what you are saying..... what your ancestors have told you is the truth. Your ancestors once thought that the earth was flat. With Science and Exploration it was found to be round. At one time it was thought that the earth was the center of all and that the Sun revolved around the earth. Again, through Science we now know we are part of a much bigger Universe and that all does NOT revolve around us. I have always felt that my belief in God does not preclude me from believing in EVOLUTION. I just don't understand what people such as yourself don't get and probably NEVER will. Having a concrete belief in Evolution does NOT preclude me from having a moral compass, manners or the ability to have values that let me believe that everyone is created equal. The Genesis account of the worlds creation was a simplified story told to people at a time when they had no education or frame of reference to understanding the Universe. Stories and parables were told in such a way for the "everyday man" to understand. With Science we know so much more. All I am saying is that based on tangible evidence the earth is MUCH OLDER than 6000 years. I know that their are those that won't understand how I can believe in a higher power and evolution but I have to problem in having both.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  14. Dig It

    If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  15. Religious scientist

    "The true test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time." –F. Scott FItzgerald

    Not many first-rate minds are writing comments here.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      That's seems more like the test of intellectual dishonesty.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Sean

      Sounds to me like Orwell's doublethink

      August 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • One one

      And of course yours is ?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Sound a bit like a test for mental illness.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Really-O?

      ...sounds...damned worn-out keyboard.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Gecul

      Isn't your user name oxymoronic?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Babs

      Sounds like classic fence sitting.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Babs

      I heard he smoked A LOT.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Aritificial Life Student

      @Religious scientist

      F. Scott Fitzgerald was a severe alcoholic and an egoist. His credentials are suffering to refer to first-rate minds.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • really?

      Religion and science need not conflict, however, the religious right has taken an all out war against science from poopooing carbon dating to ignoring Global warming as man made. We can have two separate ideas most likely but after years and years of our children being under attack by the religious zealots that would have us believe that man and dinosaurs lived side by side.....it is like teaching my kid the Tooth fairy is real.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Really-O?

      I wonder if Religious scientist believes evolution is a natural process (scientist) or if it is somehow orchestrated by his personal preference of deity (religious)? An answer to that question might give us some insight into Religious scientist's integrity.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  16. Aritificial Life Student

    You all are wrong!

    The universe was created as is just about 60 seconds ago, which strangely enough, is roughly the time it takes for this thread to get a new page...

    August 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  17. HeavenSent Blog

    Hello and welcome to the HeavenSent blog. This is YOUR opportunity to voice your HeavenSent opinions!

    Please frame your posts to best preach to Atheists about the dangers of a Godless life-style.

    Here are some suggested key words to get you started:

    Personal worm that feeds off them, is never quenched, for eternity
    Believing the lies of satan that they will be collectively mini-gods
    Do as the atheists do in this country to ensure the USA goes belly up
    Too blind to see His truth whether I write it in street language or scripture form
    Jesus told us to send r-apists and murderers back to Him
    Atheists lie when they talk about freedom of speech
    He ran off all the Christians from the other site he oversaw
    That will be the end of you
    Itchy Ears
    God doesn't have favorites
    You're a putz, cough fool
    Liar against His truth
    Abide in Jesus' truth
    Stay on the wrong side of the gulf until you are blotted out for eternity
    Tommie Tom
    Minions of satan
    Prayer changes things
    Man-made lies of the talmud
    Jesus’ letter, the Bible
    God’s truth
    Jesus’ truth
    The truth
    Jesus Christ's truth are resurrected to eternity
    I am flying with Evil
    Boo hoo
    I know from Moe Curly of the 3 stooges that nothing works
    Those that believe in Him go with Him to eternity
    Lies lies lies
    Fat drippings
    Personal worms
    Horrors, earth quakes, floods, disasters are God's wrath against all of us
    You fools doing evil
    You atheists
    Smug atheists
    Prideful atheists
    Throw away that users manual
    Prayer really works
    No eyes to see or hear His truth
    Blotted out for eternity
    Burn burn burn for all eternity
    Writing your filth
    True Christians
    The liar satan
    Snakes in your Belly
    Athiests at CNN
    They are blocking my posts again
    Dead bones
    Logic?? I don't require a single shred to define my beliefs
    You must like worms
    Pay no attention to the small minded fools that got their brain fried
    Read back through the previous articles for over a year dummy
    I know you atheists to be fools
    Notice who is most quoted in the Golden rule. Jesus Christ's wisdom
    You believing something doesn't make it true
    I'm not holding my breath
    You own those labels
    Humble yourself and ask Jesus for forgiveness
    Reprobate minds
    Jesus told us he would give you reprobate minds
    After their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears
    Satan's lies causes confusion
    Atheists write this garbage
    Satan is death
    You are fooling yourself if you don't tell gays they suffer for eternity
    Tortured for eternity
    Blame it on the Christians for having the guts to tell idiots God's truth
    Your father Satan
    End of days taught in Jesus' truth is nothing new to Christians
    Another rock. Nothing new under the sun
    You insist on your lies having wings to fly
    You are still a pigeon
    The entire MO behind the atheist is to throw out as many lies and see what sticks
    Debating is the atheists game
    Satan impregnated Eve with Cain
    I know you atheists to be fools
    Christians are on these articles to ensure Jesus Christ's truth is posted
    Start your walk with Jesus
    Blinded by satan's lies
    Test from God. Do you have what it takes to pass?
    Serpent is just one of the multiple names of Lucifer aka satan
    The big bang and evolution are lies against Jesus’ truth to cause doubt, creating confusion
    Satan's lies are built on quick sand foundation
    What part of Jesus' truth is clarity and satan's lies are confusion do you not comprehend?
    There are no flaws in His word
    Jesus' truth stands for eternity
    Get over your obsession with me
    Lions and tigers and bears, oh my
    Rocks, everywhere on this site, rocks
    Seeds of Jesus falling on rock.
    Stepping over His seeds that get blown by the wind to find their way to fertile grounds
    Typical of swines trampling
    It's obsessive compulsion to grab at any straw to give a reason not to learn or understand
    Go back to posting under my handle and answering yourself
    Get a life and try to grow
    Singular swine using multiple handles.
    You still continue to refuse to learn your heritage
    I've posted the answer numerous times
    I'm glad the line from the movie Secretariat sticks in your mind
    Statistics prove that the more devout someone is, the higher IQ they have
    Read the Bible. It is 100 percent accurate in every facet
    It makes me smile to know that people will be tortured in hell for eternity
    He steals their handles to write his evil
    You atheists steal my handle to post your evil will
    Reap the sword of the Lord Jesus when He returns
    Stealing our handles
    Why are you lying?
    Get an education to His truth
    What's your point small god savior?
    I expect foolish thinking from an atheist
    Jesus’ wisdom is roaring it's ugly head throughout the world
    Another Pharisees jealous that Jesus is God and not them
    The atheist that hijacks my handle to spew their lies
    Hhmmm, confused?

    Remember….Muslims, Jews and Atheists need not apply!


    August 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Spencer

      If God created us to be kind and all that crap you just said, you yourself are going to hell. You are being unkind to everyone around you that doesn't share your view. But of course you'll just blame faith and God and whatever. BOTTOM LINE: If you don't live a life that shows you are kind to everyone and can show compassion and help those in need, you are a bad person, a sinner, going to hell.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • HannaK

      By the artificial gods, all I needed to do was read the first two and then the final sentence to know your post is a waste of time. Go pick up a biology book.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • chicago7

      @HeavenSent Blog
      If you're an example of who's in heaven, then I want an alternative.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • bobster26

      You're a very SICK person; indeed, heavensent. this is what happens to someone like you that has been brainwashed out of the crib to your casket! " Be open minded " use common scence to reason what man-kind can think. wheather thier is a god or thier isn't, we should all use our heads and move man-kind ahead...with-out wars. the universe is much greater than this little godly earth in-which we occupy.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  18. ArthurP

    When chicken embryos start to develop they have teeth buds and the beginnings of multi segmented tails. As they develop their DNA tells the developing embryo to absorb them. Much like human embryo's absorb the so called embryonic gill slits. Now if you turn off the genes that control this absorption instruction you get chicken embryos that develop long multi segmented dinosaur tails and meat eating dinosaur teeth complete with the serrated inside edge. Other studies have also been successful in regressing feathers into scales.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  19. Sebastian2

    Good for Bill Nye.
    I love his line in the video about how believing in creation over evolution is akin to being a geologist without believing in plate tectonics! Too true....

    I wish more scientists and educators would get involved in helping to bring American children out of the dark ages of creationism so that we can catch up with the rest of the 21st century. I am alarmed to read that 46% of Americans say that they believe in Genesis as literal fact. If that's true, that is really dangerous for the future of science in this country....

    August 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  20. Complutensian Polyglot

    Uh, I'm no creationist, but some of the best minds in western civilization were creationists. Being a creationist may make one ignorant with certain respects to academia, but it doesn't make one wholly ignorant; at least to the degree Mr. Nye suggests. I know plenty of atheists who are intellectual morons, but it doesn't make me think all atheists are detrimental to progress and innovation. While I think it's silly to subscribe to a rigorous creationist view, I don't think the future is in jeopardy because people do. It does, however, make for some pretty good jokes.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • donna

      No, your logic is off. People in the past have not had the same evidence that we have now about these issues. Intelligent people value evidence, that's Nye's point (and Dawkins' and many other scientists who are making the same arguments).

      August 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Complutensian Polyglot

      No, I think you've missed my point. Personal beliefs have not hindered progress or science. Nor has it advanced it. I have worked with scientists/scholars who I disagree with fundamentally on a religious level but were some of the best minds in science. Do you honestly think every scientific mind of the 20th century that advanced civilization's understanding of the universe was an atheist? I don't believe that any more than I believe that scientists who were creationists were the sole reason advancements have been made. Belief (or non) shades the way one looks at the world, but it is possible to for people with such beliefs to work without biases. It's happened for quite some time, even as advancements have been made. IMHO too much is being made about nothing.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • JP

      There is a real problem with preferring to believe that which makes you feel better over that which is backed up by actual evidence. In the long run, teaching children that if they don't want to believe observable facts they don't have to is bad for science and social progress. Creationist prefer to believe they are special and hand crafted by a supreme being – despite mountains of actual data which clearly supports evolution.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • donna

      Science only exists because of personal beliefs. The whole point to valuing scientific *evidence* is the belief that evidence is how we can best understand the universe. So you can't separate human understanding from belief.

      The people you appear to referring to from our past have been great given the evidence that they had to work with, and within the context of their specific fields. So it isn't relevant to this issue whether Einstein, Darwin or Jefferson or anyone else were atheists. None of them had the evidence or access to knowledge that our children have today. You are arguing that teaching the value of evidence is unnecessary- but you are doing so using a tool that exists only because others valued evidence more than you do.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Complutensian Polyglot

      How is such belief bad for science and social progress? While I am sympathetic to Mr. Nye's pleading, I don't find any of the reasons very compelling. So yes, there is more evidence today for evolution than before. So what if people believe in something that I totally disagree with? I disagree with people about a great many things– but we get stuff done. Maybe if he was addressing the extreme nutcases he'd be on to something.

      Look, I am totally with teaching evolution in schools. Scientist here. I prefer that people agree with my worldview– it makes my life easier and drama-free. But at the end of the day, there is no data that show that believing in creationism is bad for progress. It certainly would SEEM that way, but in practice I have seen such belief (to varying extremes) and science work together just fine. Scientific work speaks for itself, regardless of belief. People can believe what they want– as long as it doesn't impede or skew good, honest, scientific work– I don't have a problem with that. The extreme religious nutcases are no different than extreme anything else out there: an annoying minority that makes press occasionally because of sensationalist comments/views. So, yes, it would be nice if they would be quiet. But if creationism was such a blight on progress, I think we'd be lot worse off than Mr. Nye's belief/theory suggests. My point is, there is a great many things people can be ignorant of– it doesn't make them bad people, bad innovators, or necessarily bad scientists.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • donna

      Teaching children to form beliefs based on tradition and dogma rather than evidence is bad for anyone who wants medical treatment, technology, economics, or other social problems to improve.
      Maybe you are happy with the status quo- maybe you are comfortable with things getting worse. But some of us think things can be better and that improving education is an excellent way to get there.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Complutensian Polyglot

      Donna– all due respect here. I have yet to see any data that show that your opinion is true. Just because people say something is "bad" doesnt make it true. Where is the evidence that such ignorance in one aspect of someone's belief system (as stupid as it may be) completely and utterly contributes to the degradation of society? Bill Nye can say that a lack of education is "bad" for progress, but what does that even mean? There is data that shows a direct relation between education and financial success, but last I checked, a lot of ignorant, educated people who are atheist, agnostic, religious have good educations and are doing fine. Please give me solid, consistent instances in the West where believing in "archaic" or "primitive" worldviews is detrimental to scientific and social progress. It only seems to make sense that not accepting the evidence for evolution is generally a "bad" thing, but at the end of the day, the status quo as you have stated is still on a progressive trajectory. It doesn't take a room full of scientists who know the ins and outs of evolution to create the space for innovation.

      August 28, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • donna

      I"m not going to write a paper to prove to you something that should be obvious. It's sad to me that you are a scientist, yet you don't see the value in rational thought and evidence. People who adhere to dogma constantly bash gay people and actively try to keep them from their civil rights. People who adhere to dogma vote for politicians who support that dogma. People who ignore evidence support policies that cause damage (global warming). People who adhere to dogma try to prevent medical science from progressing in areas like stem cell research and birth control.
      I shouldn't have to prove to you how other people's beliefs impact those around them.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • donna

      I"m not going to write a paper to prove to you something that should be obvious. It's sad to me that you are a scientist, yet you don't see the value in rational thought and evidence. People who adhere to dogma constantly bash gay people and actively try to keep them from their civil rights. People who adhere to dogma vote for politicians who support that dogma. People who ignore evidence support policies that cause damage (global warming). People who adhere to dogma try to prevent medical science from progressing in areas like stem cell research and birth control.

      And in this very case, people who adhere to dogma and reject evidence try to get that dogma to be accepted as science, which prevents children from learning about what evidence is and why it's significant.

      I shouldn't have to prove to you how other people's beliefs impact those around them, especially in a DEMOCRACY.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
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