Saturday’s Big Idea
Today's Big Idea: Settled Science
"If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants," Isaac Newton said. In other words, science is based on building blocks. One theory leads to the next. That is why Bill Nye, in a Big Think video that went viral on Youtube, argued that parents should not prevent their children from learning Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, "the foundation of all life science."
Nye says we need today's children to become tomorrow's scientists and engineers. Denial of evolution, therefore, would hold everyone else back. That is why Nye says evolution needs to be regarded as settled science and taught to everyone as part of the 21st century core curriculum.
And yet, teaching evolution is not an easy task. After all, our sense of time -- as measured by our own lifespans -- makes evolution a difficult concept to grasp. We can see it happening in front of us. Therefore, in a follow up to his viral video, Bill Nye shares some of the tools he thinks are most effective in teaching evolution.