Bill Nye back in spotlight, challenging skeptics of evolution

Television personality and engineer Bill Nye recently hinted that his popular “Science Guy” series might return with an online show. If this is any indication, there would certainly be an audience for it.

A video featuring Nye challenging creationism has gone viral on YouTube. Posted last week by the online video series BigThink, the video has 1.7 million views and counting. In it, Nye calls the denial of evolution relatively unique to the United States and says those who hold that position are holding us back.

He continues, “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 engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”

A former Boeing engineer, Nye moonlighted as a comedian and got his start on television on KING-TV’s “Almost Live” sketch comedy show, which gave birth to the “Science Guy” character. “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” produced by KCTS-TV in Seattle, started in 1993 and aired for five years.

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  • BalderdashTmesis
  • Ballard_Fisherman

    He’s right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=94500172 Kyle Kesterson

    I love Bill, and I find him to be right, however I cannot forgive him for not responding to the animation Freak’n Genius made for him… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g90L4l6WZlQ

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      No kidding, how could he ignore that?! :)

  • Guest

    Thank you, Bill. As you used to say in your show’s opening title sequence, “science rules!”

  • Mike

    Consider ‘speciation’ rather than ‘evolution’, maybe?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.d.macleod Brian Douglas Macleod

      Speciation requires evolution. Learn 2 science, noob.

  • asok1421

    You should see the comment section there. It’s really sad to see how many SERIOUSLY STUPID people there are in this country.

    • Curious

      It’s really sad to see that people will do everything possible to deny the only one who really loves them. It’s really sad to see that people believe so arrogantly and strongly in their own intelligence. It’s really sad to see that people would belittle less educated people for the words they say, while praising the more educated people for moving towards a world of immorality and violence. My friend, if anything, understand that it’s not important that you understand how the world works if you don’t know the one who made it, you and provides the only Love in existence. I DARE you to honestly and actively seek out the Lord Jesus. I dare you. I promise you that if you lay all your pride aside and spend a few weeks (weeks, because it’s hard to actually die to self) searching for God, you’ll find Him, right there waiting for you. THEN you will understand. But many people would be too scared to take up that dare. In case they do find God. I will pray for you.

      • Viggen

        It is quite the opposite, You and your people are scared that a whole lifetime of teaching will be wrong. Look, it is not that the people are less educated, but that they try to make the illusion that they are educated. We are all different in how smart we are, but if one id less smart, that is why we LEARN. We learn and grow and become more educated, the less educated do not admit that they need to learn and go on trying to act as if they are better. You would not go to an Engineer and complain why his views are not more valid than yours in math because he is an expert in that field.

  • Verwah

    As a 26 y-o who grew up distilling Bill’s knowledge in my own head, I know now that he fills a great need in the rapidly changing social landscape. Create another wide-spread show Mr. Nye. Please. Your decade-old audience is still listening with the most capable minds yet. And we usher in a new audience every day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716205732 Pierre Savoie

      That’s right, Bill Nye’s not too old. Over in Britain, science popularizer Magnus Pyke was way old. He’s the old guy in the Thomas Dolby video “She Blinded Me With Science”. No age-limit for brains — as long as you can keep ‘em!

  • Laurie Myer

    Finally, someone says what needs to be said about this debate. We can’t win as a country if our people ignore facts and practice willful self-deception.

    • Alaska

      Um, the NCSE has been saying this for years. Not to mention Dawkins and the other Horsemen.

    • Curious

      Win what?

  • ScienceTeacher5

    5th grade science teacher here. My classes love his videos and sing along with the theme song – “Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill”

  • Derp

    DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT!!! This is the only reason I liked science as a kid.

  • matt559

    that would be interesting, but i cant see it happening due to the fact that it would cause alot of contraversy (excuse the spelling), which really sucks because i would really like to see that happen.
    p.s. thank you reddit for bringing me here :D

  • erock

    I will watch it. Bill Nye is awesome.

  • Ryan Henderson

    Bill,

    Keep up the real talk.

  • I’m With Bill

    I’ve been trippin on Bill Nye all day – ever since I saw him on CBS news this morning…

    Bill Nye + Richard Dawkins = America’s Real Comeback Team

    Love you Bill.

    • Russ

      Don’t forget about Neil Degrasse Tyson… I’d say these three make THE trifecta of intelligent thinkers within the last several years, at least. Interestingly, all peers of Carl Sagan, the real God Father (poor choice of words, or is it?). We all need their voices, if nothing less than, to steer the course of humanity in a beneficial direction and oppose the “rapid and vapid acceptance of ignorance”. I hope their faces make it onto American currency one day. True and absolute role models in my book.

  • Frodo

    having seen Bill in person I was not impressed with his science knowledge. Time for some new (AND REAL) science talent. I would not watch any show with which Bill Nye was the ‘science guy’ because clearly he is not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.d.macleod Brian Douglas Macleod

      I don’t think it’s as clear as you think it is. He’s certainly smarter than you.

    • Gonzopolis

      How is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfsQhtEvH7g not an intelligent response?

    • Really?

      Not impressed with his scientific knowledge? Are you freaking kidding? He graduated from Cornell majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Oh, but I’m sure he didn’t learn a thing there…Where are you learning science at, Frodo?

      • A friend

        Believe me, graduating means nothing about your scientific knowledge. I studied many sciences and university/college and there are plenty of people who go through knowing the minimum. But what good is all that knowledge anyway, one day we all die.

    • Sir Dr. Pat A. Fore III, Esq.

      Who exactly would you rather have in his place to elucidate the underpinnings of classical science (engineering, physics, cosmology)? He and Neil Tyson would make the perfect pair for bringing science back into the forefront of the public’s interest. Also, what kind of real science talent were you hoping he’d display in person? Like, we’re you hoping he’d bridge the gap between quantum mechanics and general relativity, and compress it down into a simple equation? Were you hoping to see a mind at work that would challenge the brilliance of Maxwell, Newton or Einstein? Is it worth my time to make you out to be a simpleton with no real appreciation for true science literacy? Probably not. Am I going to try and do it anyway? Show of hands, who thinks Frodo doesn’t know shit from shingles?

    • asok14215

      Frodo wishes he could ride the dinosaurs like his great, great, great grandfather used to.

  • Scott

    Fear not the snake pit you stepped in for they are just snakes. Totally with you Bill!

  • Beowuff

    Love Bill Nye! This is just more proof Cascadia needs to break away from the rest of the US.

  • R.a.H

    THIS MUST HAPPEN.

  • Stephen

    If he does make a show online, i would watch it every day

  • joejmz

    If he leaves his naturalist religious zealotry out of it, it would be an interesting show.

    • Gonzopolis

      Notice how he didn’t say a thing about religion in the video. All mention of religion was made by us plebeians down here in the comment section.

      • Pleading

        That’s actually a good point… haha.. But it’s probably because evolution vs creationism is not nearly as important as actually knowing God.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericklamb Eric Lamb

    I don’t know that it’s as simple as some people believe evolution and some people don’t. what about the creationists who believe in evolution to a certain extent. what about people like Henry Eyring or Harvey Fletcher…. where do they fit in?

  • http://www.facebook.com/grantgilreath Grant Gilreath

    His show is going to be on the Nerdist YouTube channel. Evidence in the Nerdist Podcast he is guest in.

  • James Walton

    I might watch it, but I would be busy watching The Young Turks, who got me to this video and topic hours ago.

  • Caleb Wheeler

    Man, its Not that evolution itself isn’t true, its the assumption of macro-evolution. As a Christian, i believe that animals CAN evolve, I only believe that a Mammal can’t evolve into a Reptile, a Bird into a Dinosaur, etc.

    • Josh

      Your response clearly demonstrates that you don’t understand evolution.

  • tabitha_bowers

    Science makes baby Jesus cry.

    • Daniellle

      The need for oxygen makes babies cry. Science taught us that.

      • Daniellle

        Also, you meant to say *made*, unless there is still a baby jesus being born in a manger.

  • Pleading

    I am a scientist. And I am a Christian. To call acceptance of Jesus and God self-deception is self-deception in itself. Scientists find great pleasure in their unity in being anti-God. But in the end we all die alone. Make sure you aren’t finding false comfort in numbers. How the world evolved is irrelevant. What IS important is that you are sure that you have personally done everything you can to meet Jesus. That is your greatest responsibility. Surely it is arrogant and presumptuous to think we know enough to put limits on what is possible? For these limits are only based on what we’ve measured. What about things we haven’t measured, or don’t even know to measure, or can’t measure? I don’t want to argue. Just make sure you don’t follow in the common scientific arrogance and make sure you do truly seek Jesus. Because when you do, you will be able to understand why nothing else matters but His grace and love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/German-Regin/1420531186 German Regin

    Evolution is not theory nor based on applied science. It’s not a theory because evolution is not observable. It’s not science because you can not test evolution through the scientific method. The evolution from one species to another, Macro Evolution, is not observable nor testable, therefore it is not science. Evolution is a speculation based on other speculations, one example “fossils” and what men think those fossils represent. Chemical mutations are reversible and that makes evolution very improbable because of the instability, any unbiased, intelligent chemist will tell you this. You can not get any creation nor evolution in such unstable environments unless you have information, information comes from an intelligent source, information is the programming for direction and building.

  • Joe

    Bill, I know that you may not want to give up your on presuppositions that help you believe in evolution, but there are thousands of learned scientists from many fields that believe the evidence just doesn’t add up to billions of years and evolution. I don’t expect you to change from my comment, but I’d like encourage readers out there to look carefully at data from all scientific fields and try their best to leave presuppositions behind. I once was a billions of years/evolutionist type. Not anymore. The history of the movement, based on numerous scientists who wanted to explain things without the need for a god, is quite interesting. There are now many, many credentialed scientists today, many agnostic, that do not believe billions of years / evolution. Please note, I say these things respectfully, without name calling, and in a polite manner. Respondents, please do the same.

  • Joe

    Bill, I know that you may not want to give up your on presuppositions that help you believe in evolution, but there are thousands of learned scientists from many fields that believe the evidence just doesn’t add up to billions of years and evolution. I don’t expect you to change from my comment, but I’d like encourage readers out there to look carefully at data from all scientific fields and try their best to leave presuppositions behind. I once was a billions of years/evolutionist type. Not anymore. The history of the movement, based on numerous scientists who wanted to explain things without the need for a god, is quite interesting. There are now many, many credentialed scientists today, many agnostic, that do not believe billions of years / evolution. Please note, I say these things respectfully, without name calling, and in a polite manner. Respondents, please do the same.

  • goatman

    Taking science to be the truth is dogmatic silliness. But staunchly turning your back on it is just as silly, due to dogma coming from the opposite direction. The true miracle is that you exist. How did it come to be so? Science and religion both are interested in answers to this question. I think so far as we see the question as being the primal driver of all this inquiry, then science and religion become compatible. But our troubles come from forgetting this very important foundation, the undeniable mystery of our own existence, and choosing answers too quickly. We become hardened in our beliefs and then make war with each other. Remember your mysterious source, dwell in it, think on it, and all will be good.

  • Glenn

    Most scientists today have moved away from Darwinian evolution as a plausible explanation of how life and the universe was created BECAUSE it is not supported by good observational science. One such example, and there are many others I could cite, scientists used to look at the grand canyon and insist that it was formed over millions of years through gradual processes, including Bills teacher Carl Sagan. Now, after the Mt St Helen’s eruption in 1980, scientists were able to observe canyons over a mile deep being formed in a matter of weeks. So, the grand canyon, which was once looked at as proof of millions of years can now be explained through catastrophic processes over a short period of time. Maybe Noah’s flood perhaps?
    As far as the fossil record goes, they are only formed through catastrophic processes. Think about it, we have all seen dead animals at one time or another. Did they fossilize or get eaten my bugs, flies and predictors? The fossil record has fossals of mammoths with food in their mouths, fish in the middle of giving birth etc all consistent with a catastrophic event. Plus they have found fossilized felt hats and other items which prove it doesnt take millions of years to create fossils either.
    I wonder why Bill Nye didn’t mention any other these inconsistency to evolution? It makes me wonder what his agenda is!