Bill Nye/Ken Ham Debate

Bill Nye and Ken Ham Evolution/Creationism Debate

So I don’t know if anyone watched this tonight, but this was, to use a word that Bill Nye used several times, unsettling. The amount of laughter at Ken Ham’s comments are heartbreaking. And at least Bill Nye accounts for human error. And allows for the split between religion and science. Ham wants to push everything in the world into God. And at this point, in 2014, one would have thought that we were past this. 

And the fact that Bill Nye repeatedly says “I don’t know”/”We don’t know” is great! What is wrong with admitting something you do not know yet want to find out? The amount that Ham says “There is a book out there” and people laugh..

And if no one knows why they’re here then why bother. Ham asks this. It’s like he’s keeping himself from the existential crisis that awaits him. 

Also the amount of times that he addresses the multiple retranslations of the Bible and Ham does not address this..this is one of the most important claims. This whole debate is not about faith. They are not arguing about whether or not God exists. This country, as must as I hate to use a cliche like this, was founded on the separation of church and state. That is why they can never agree. They are arguing about two different things. This isn’t a question of faith. It’s a question of human accomplishment and participation in the world and what that participation results in. 

 

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2 comments

    1. I’m honestly not sure on the qualification of Ben Ham, but Bill Nye is certainly qualified. He doesn’t need the PR.

      And the idea of a “real scientist” degrades the point that Bill Nye is striving at the whole point. Science isn’t a popularity contest. It’s not about who’s better. It’s just about gaining knowledge. That’s what a ‘real scientist’ is.

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