Bill Nye posts a video about evolution to the Big Think and controversy erupts. Yeah, it really shouldn’t have, but it did.
He says this:
Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka “the science guy,” if grownups want to “deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.”
Then, everything just went screwball in the press.
Source: Scientific American
Here is the video:
There is little that is mistaken about what Bill Nye says. His point of view is valid. However it rubs some people the wrong way. [It shouldn’t.]
He upset the creationists.
He had to backpedal and say he isn’t attacking religion.
A communication expert comments:
Instead of pushing people towards the sides [of the issue], I would try to pull them into the conversation. I might ask some rhetorical questions to get them to think about why they feel the way they do. Instead Bill is pushing out information, for example “if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it.”
Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy on this topic, here.
Yeah, he did sort of said some things oddly but the bottom line is, he passionately endorses science and he is right, we NEED more science. The fact that he was criticized is a signal that we have an inordinate amount of influence from religious leaders in our science program and too many people utterly fail to understand the importance of science to society.