Bill Nye’s Warning To Parents of the Day: Bill Nye, the knower of all things, is out with a new video in which he encourages creationist parents to embrace their “crazy, untenable, inconsistent” world view — just so long as they don’t force it on their offspring:
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 people that can… we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems [via thedailywhat, boingboing].
I’ve said it before, but I’m so glad Bill Nye is still an important part of our lives. Science rules, indeed.
Bill Nye is the best. The best.
The one place I kind of differ with him is where he says that a disbelief in evolution makes your world incredibly complicated. I think he’s right if you’re trying to understand the world around you in any real way but if you do reject evolution, that’s probably not how you approach your life. More likely, disbelief of evolution is indicative of a simplification of your entire world view, not just when it comes the history of our planet and universe. It means everything. If you can answer, “God did it,” to every tough question then you don’t ever have to face harsh truths. You can go through your entire life without owning up to any part of your existence that isn’t really really basic.