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"Settled Science"

The Big Idea for Tuesday, February 04, 2014

An increasing number of Americans (46 percent in 2012) believe that "God created humans in present form." Only 32 percent believe that humans evolved without God playing some sort of role.

These are troubling numbers to Bill Nye, a 21st century Clarence Darrow who argued in a Big Think video in 2012 that Americans should absolutely be free to believe whatever they want to believe, but - and this is a big but - they should not deny their children access to the basis of all life science. In short, Nye argued that we need a generation of scientifically literate students in order to be successful in the 21st century.

Nye will be debating this position with Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, tonight. Not everyone is so enamored of Nye's decision to engage in this debate. Jerry A. Coyne, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, argues that "theories of creation can superficially sound right to people without a science background."

Nonetheless, the debate will go forward as planned and you can watch it on Big Think LIVE at 7PM (ET). 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham Tonight. WATCH LIVE at 7PM (ET)
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 The Fact of Evolution
    Richard Dawkins
  3. 3 Oliver Sacks on Humans and Myth-making
    Oliver Sacks
  4. 4 Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Deny Evolution
    Bill Nye
 

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