Most of you know Bill Nye as the Science Guy and for being vocal about creationism threatening technological evolution. In a new interview with The Associated Press, Bill Nye warns once again that the creationist view is damaging for U.S. science.
Bill Nye, or 56-year-old Science Guy, has wandered into the evolution debate for some time now. He has become one of the most vocal “scientists” against the creationist view, urging parents to stop teaching their kids the Earth is 6,000 years old. In a recent interview, Bill Nye addresses the efforts of some Christian groups, warning their creationist view is threatening the U.S. science.
“The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old” Bill Nye told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “It’s not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs” the Science Guy reacted after a June Gallop poll showed that almost half of Americans believe humans were created by God some 10,000 years ago.
While the video released in August wasn’t Bill Nye’s first critic attempt at creationism and Christians holding to the belief God created humans, it is for “the first time it’s gotten to be such a big deal”. The video in which Bill Nye tells adult parents not to push their kids into dismissing evolution went viral. It recorded 4.6 million views on YouTube and has generated 182,000 comments.
“I can see where one gets so caught up in this that you say something that will galvanize people in a bad way, that will make them hate you forever” Bill Nye said. “But I emphasize that I’m not questioning someone’s religion – much of that is how you were brought up” the Science Guy tried to calm down his critics in the interview with The Associated Press.
“If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science” said Bill Nye, “who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate”.
After creationism group Answers in Genesis reacted with a video of their own, Bill Nye said: “What I found troubling, when you listen to these people…once in a while I get the impression that they’re not kidding”.