Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is taking on Ken Ham, the founder of Kentucky’s Creationist Museum in a debate slated for February 4th. There has been some negative feedback from the Atheist community who say that Nye lends credibility to the Creationist belief system by accepting Ham’s challenge to a debate.
[box type=”shadow”]”Well, I don’t think I’m going win Mr. Ham over any more than Mr. Ham thinks he’s going to win me over, if I understand that expression “win over.” I want to show people that this belief is still among us, this system of belief. It finds its way onto school boards in the United States. People in Texas… they just barely, well, they came close to not winning the fight to keep Creationism out of their textbooks.”
Regarding the post on and what I would say, you know, Richard Dawkins is an acquaintance of mine, not my best buddy or anything, but I’m not going in really as a scientist, as such, I want to remind everybody I’m a mechanical engineer. I admit, I took a lot of physics. OH MAN, did I take physics. But with that said I’m going in as a reasonable man. and I think that just to call attention to this belief system has value.”[/box]
When asked if the push to include creationism in the classroom “frightened” him, Nye was quick to respond, “Yeah, it does. It is of deep concern.” Nye continued, speaking about the country’s need to create a generation of critical thinkers and people educated in science. “If the United States produces a generation of science students who don’t believe in science, that’s troublesome, because what makes the United States still attractive to people… is the tradition of innovation, of new ideas, of optimism – like Silicon Valley.” Nye added, “New York state has this tremendous push to bring in high-tech firms.”
Nye talked about the consequences globally of the country relinquishing its arguable lead in tech and science industries, saying “Without [a generation of innovators immersed in the sciences], the United States economy will slip behind and really the expectations of the world will change…probably not for the better. We want to raise the most scientifically literate students that we can.”
Watch the full interview with Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” here: