Bill Nye the Science Guy Slams Creationism
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- 2012 Aug 27
Famed TV scientist Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer best known for his program "Bill Nye the Science Guy," slammed creationism in a new online video posted last Thursday titled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children," CNN reports. The video, which went viral over the weekend and had been viewed more than 1,100,000 times by Monday afternoon, opens with Nye stating, "Denial of evolution is unique to the United States ... [and] when you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in it, it holds everyone back [from scientific innovation]." Nye goes on to say: "Your world becomes fantastically complicated if you don't believe in evolution. ... I say to the grown-ups, if you 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. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need ... engineers that can build stuff, solve problems. ... You know, in another couple of centuries that worldview ... just won't exist. There's no evidence for it." According to the Gallup Poll's most recent findings on Americans' views on creation and evolution -- released in June -- 46 percent believe in creationism, 32 percent believe in evolution guided by God and 15 percent believe in atheistic evolution. During the 30 years Gallup has conducted the survey, creationism has remained by far the most popular answer.