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The Joy of Discovery, Featuring Bill Nye

11 Feb , 2014

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“We are, you and I, at least one of the ways that the Universe knows itself.” – Bill Nye

Did you manage to (or choose to) watch the much-anticipated debate between Science Guy Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the “merits” of Creationism on Feb. 4? While clearly nothing more than a publicity event cooked up by Ham to fund his Creation Museum in Kentucky (yes, I’m afraid that’s actually a thing here in America) Nye felt it to be in his — as well as the country’s — best interest to stand up and defend science and its methods in the face of unapologetic fundamentalist denial.

The video above, just released by John D. Boswell — aka melodysheep, creator of the excellent Symphony of Science series — takes some of Bill’s statements during the debate and puts them to music and images of our fascinating world.

Although not in Boswell’s usual whimsical auto-tuned style, the video is no less entertaining — if anything, it has a bit more gravity (no pun intended) — and plays like a trailer for scientific investigation of the Universe… if that were a movie.

Which it kind of is, actually, and we all get to be the actors, directors, and audience. But Creationists like Ham want to take that script and that screenplay away from us, away from our children, and hand it over to… something else. Something that doesn’t reflect the reality of the world we live in and the laws that govern the Universe and doesn’t call out for our active participation in its discovery, doesn’t expect critical thinking or understanding of basic scientific knowledge. Bill doesn’t want to see that happen, and that’s why he went on stage for two hours last week at an anti-science museum in Kentucky.

You can say what you will about how good of an idea it was or how well it turned out, I say: good for you, Bill.

Watch the full debate here.

Video by melodysheep.

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dangerdad
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dangerdad
February 11, 2014 1:38 PM

I was kind of hoping that in the debate between to idiots, both would lose. Ham doesn’t understand science and Nye doesn’t understand religion (and both seem to define homeschooling according in their own special way).

Random Mind
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Random Mind
February 11, 2014 5:32 PM
I thought the debate was pretty boring. Neither one actually debated. It felt more like a presidental debate where a question is posed and you get that, “OOOO yeah that’s a good question” feeling, only for Bill or Ken to answer with something totally unrelated. Either way, I feel like Bill Nye avoided the main question Ken Ham kept posing, which was related to historical science. If you remove the world view, and don’t assume evolution before you conduct studies – what evidence do you have to prove your theory? Many secular scientists have already asked the same questions through the years due to how unlikely it is complex life evolved in such a supposed short amount of… Read more »
TheDirtBoy
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TheDirtBoy
February 12, 2014 1:25 AM
How do you debate someone when you think they are totally delusional? How do you debate someone when you think all of the points they bring up are irrelevant? You don’t. You Can’t. I’m more scientific minded so I side with Bill Nye, but I try to stay open minded. Bill ignored a lot of Ken’s questions and vice versa. Personally, I think Bill had ample opportunity to crush Ken like a bug, but he didn’t, not sure why. Ken, to his credit, brought up some questions that science has yet to answer. Some really good questions primarily about scientist’s assumptions about a great many things. It seems to me that entire fields of study are based entirely… Read more »
TheDirtBoy
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TheDirtBoy
February 12, 2014 12:37 AM
Let me make one thing perfectly clear, I side with Nye. I also find a few things fascinating about the creationist side. Genesis states God created the heavens and earth. You always put the most important first, right? Heaven first, earth second. Then there was light. Ok, you have to step back a bit here, heaven, then light then earth. In the beginning earth had no land, the bible says so and modern science is beginning to see the same thing. Then came dry land and upon this dry land plants came first, true. Then animals and only then humans. The order in which every thing happened is, essentially, correct. Keep in mind the time this book was… Read more »
Jean R.
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February 14, 2014 12:25 PM
Good point you seem to make about the “scientific” order of “Creation” in Genesis 1. A logical creation-sequence emerged from scene of planetary desolation. But that was AFTER THE initial CREATION EVENT ( Universe-Earth ): verse 1 prelude. The remainder of the chapter does NOT describe PLANET-Creation, but Earth’s SURFACE RE-CREATION – from condition of utter ruination. Out of global state of darkness, where FIRST Life-World lay grimly buried – catastrophically destroyed, prehistorically – a new-World order appears. What emerges in Chapter 1, is a reconfigured World-surface BIOSPHERE. An indeterminate period of time separates Gen. 1:1 and 2, “the ANCIENT world” from today’s ( “Mammal” ) Age of MAN. The Universe may be 13+ billion years old. “Creationists”… Read more »
Jeffrey Boerst
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February 12, 2014 3:46 AM

If he doesn’t make a counter to this using Ham’s words accompanied by ridiculous images of nonsense, it would be a shame… I’m thinking Terry Gilliam-esque cut-out animations of God doing things and such….?

Bob Ames
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Bob Ames
February 15, 2014 9:33 AM

Hilarious! I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I heard Ham say, “nobody can ever know how old the Earth is” and “Creationists are more scientific than secular scientists.”

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