Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

(h/t: Big Think)

Bill Nye:

Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we’re the world’s most advanced technological—I mean, you could say Japan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that’s largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in that, it holds everybody back, really.

Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s like, it’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place.

As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, “When you’re in love you want to tell the world.” So, once in a while I get people that really—or that claim—they don’t believe in evolution. And my response generally is “Well, why not? Really, why not?” Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution. I mean, here are these ancient dinosaur bones or fossils, here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like our star but they’re at a different point in their lifecycle. The idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.

And I say to the grownups, 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 because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.

It’s just really hard a thing, it’s really a hard thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that world view, I’m sure, will be, it just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.

Thank you, Science Guy. 🙂

Categories: Religion

5 replies »

  1. This makes the assumption that those that deny evolution do so while also believing that it is real, which doesn’t really make much sense. If they truly don’t believe in evolution then why would they teach their kinds something that they know to be false?

    Compare this to someone believing in a flat earth pleading with you to teach your kids about the flat earth and not the round earth we know to be true and that should give you an insight in to how a person that honestly denies evolution would feel about the plea.

    Which isn’t to say that I deny evolution, but I don’t think this is presented in a good way for those that do deny evolution.

  2. As a science major in physics I am thoroughly disgusted with the invention and uprise in creationism and “intelligent design” being introduced into the classrooms. Yes, it is child abuse. They are providing kids false education and downright lies. Evolution has been proven over and over and time and time again. It’s called a theory and people misinterpret what that means, a theory is a well established scientific analysis through repeated experimentation and observation. You want to know what else is a theory? Gravity, but I don’t see anyone jumping off buildings to prove it wrong. The Theory of Evolution describes how evolution works; evolution is the fact and random mutation and natural selection are the theories. Just as Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity describes how gravity works; gravity is the fact and General Relativity is the theory. Without quantum mechanics, you can throw out every piece of technological device you you have, and you can start with your computer.

    Creationism and “ID” have absolutely no evidence, no nothing to support their claims. They are fairytales and are based on faith; blind faith, which is a dangerously old fashion way of thinking. Christian fundamentalists are preventing the progress of humanity by demanding their position be taken. The only reason why there is a such thing as creationism, or “ID” is because science has been able to debunk the BS that religion has put forth. I’m not suggesting that science and a perception of “God” are mutually exclusive, though conflict and demand a suspension of logic to believe in religion. The religious became irate and had to come up with something to reclaim their power. Religious extremists claim scientists are arrogant and claim they are the only ones that can speak on behalf of science. Well first of all, arrogant? what is more arrogant than to claim you know what happens and where we go when we die, and how everything came to be? And yes, scientists are the only ones who SHOULD speak on behalf of science; they are the scientists! Just as a doctor is the only one that prescribes medicine, just as a professor is the only one who should teach, just like a mechanic fixes things. If you let just anyone do any of these things, you are prone to failures. Leave scientists to the pro’s. If you want to teach creationism, offer it as a religious course, but what also makes the “Genesis” account any better than any other cultures creation account? All should be factored in if it is to be taught. If you want to deny evolution, do me a favor never go to the doctors again to receive antibiotics, just pray it away.

    Bottom line, I’ve spent far too much time in labs and research to suggest that evolution isn’t real. It’s a slap in the face to all the hard work that science has ever made just to say “God” did it. That’s a cop out. If “God” did it all, then what’s the point of science? Whats the point in learning how things work, and function in biology? What to unravel the workings of “God” give me a break. Just like when science proved that the Earth isn’t flat, or the center of the universe. LOL. And anyone who believes in th “young Earth” model that suggest that the Earth is ~6,000-10,000 yrs of age … Help yourself to a real science education. Whether 9% or 99% of people accept evolution is irrelevant, truth is not a democracy.

    • I am a deeply religious person who believes in a form of evolution. I believe that God works through science. God doesn’t want us to just follow blindly. He has given us some great tools and evidence and it is our job to use those tools to better our understanding of the world as we progress. I did a research paper on the evolution of Scientific though and Religion. Many of the world’s most renown scientist were also religious. Believing in God does not believe we do not believe in Science. To assume that the two cannot work together is incredibly naive.

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