Growing up in the '90s, I loved watching Bill Nye the Science Guy. Admit it: If you were a kid in the '90s, you’re singing the theme song in your head right now. Bill made learning fun by making science entertaining. With shows ranging on topics from blood and circulation to simple machines to erosion, the dude made our science teachers’ lives easier because they could pop in the tape for us and grade some papers.
So it kind of breaks my heart a little now that one of my childhood heroes insists on teaching my children’s generation that evolution is the only valid theory of existence. Bill Nye doesn’t even want my children to hear about creationism.
In a video for Big Think, Nye talks about the evils of not accepting evolution as scientific fact, which is apparently akin to not believing in dinosaurs or stars or something. Anyway, toward the end of the video, he says:
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 a hard thing, it’s really a hard thing. You know, in another couple of centuries that worldview, I’m sure, will be, it just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.
In less than three minutes, Bill manages to call parents who believe in intelligent design uneducated morons that are doing their children a disservice by daring to teach them a completely valid hypothesis as to how our world was created. I thought he was supposed to be a scientist. Just because something isn’t provable doesn’t mean the opposite is true.
Aside from telling parents that they shouldn’t teach their kids theories that he doesn’t believe in, Nye fails to offer any reason whatsoever why his theory of evolution is the right way to believe, other than that only stupid heads don’t believe that creatures just magically climbed out of primordial ooze and grew wings and legs and feathers and scales.
In all likelihood, the debate on how we got here lies somewhere between the two extremes. Natural selection -- survival of the fittest -- is a real thing, and can account for interspecies improvements over time. Think sharp shark teeth, long-necked giraffes, and taller, stronger humans.
Bill Nye, you’re welcome to your opinion. But please don’t try to tell me what I should and shouldn’t be teaching my kids.
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