Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny…
In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers.
Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham the Genesis Guy fought over the use and the misuse of the word “science” on Tuesday, during a public face-off over evolution that had the air of a presidential debate.
Ham’s position was defensive. He holds an antiquated, losing position on how the world works claiming that “science has been hijacked by secularists”. The list of nonsense and hypocritical statements like that one from Ham was too long to keep track of. Ham was overtly religious in his presentation leaving no question that his ideas are based solely on the Christian Bible making it clear that Creationism is a religious-based view in its entirety. No Intelligent Design waffling. Although, in an embarrassing parade of clips, a few scientists (and there are only a few) claimed to subscribe to the Creationist worldview. They are not in the mainstream and do not do research that proves to be valuable towards understanding how nature actually works or predicts anything.
Ham relied on the same old tropes of Creationism – the “were you there?” bit and unreliability of radiometric dating – to deny the age of the earth and the origin and evolution of life. His stand is that the only reliable evidence is personal observation. Pretty silly and impractical. Was he there when they wrote the Bible? How can he get through his day using that flawed method of “knowing” about the world. It’s an absurd premise to ignore the many threads evidence from many different fields that establish the age of the earth and the history of life. But Ham remains intent on denying that.
The purpose of the event was not to “win” but to bring the conversation to the public and in that respect, it worked. It was estimated over a million people watched. The YouTube channel had over a half a million viewers before it blipped out for some people. Twitter feeds were full of the #creationdebate hashtag.
A poll on the Christian Today website shows there was ZERO doubt who came out on top in the Creation vs Evolution debate last night. This snapshot of the poll, consistent overnight, shows a 92% up vote for Nye. That’s actually quite a bit more than the 70-80% I expected which may indicate that Mr. Nye was the best choice, of any, to have gone toe-to-toe with a science denialist. Well done, Mr. Nye.