In a video clip seen by over a million, Bill Nye the Science Guy slammed creationism with a series of logical fallacies.
The 2.5-minute video, “Creationism is not appropriate for children,” was posted on YouTube on August 23. It was reported by CNN Belief Blog and The Examiner among other news media sites. On Live Science, Stephanie Pappas gave an uncritical write-up, but at least distinguished between creationism and intelligent design, unlike Bill Nye. Transcript and analysis is provided here in the commentary below. See also the critical analyses on Darwin’s God and Evolution News & Views.
Bill Nye the Scientism Guy does not know what he is talking about. If he ever learned philosophy of science or even elemental logic, he forgot it in this simplistic screed. He should stick to cute children’s experiments that are observable, testable, and repeatable, where his TV programs shine. (Note: we mean “Bill Nye fails baloney detector” in the sense of failing a drug test—lots of baloney was detected!) Here’s what he said about creationism, with fallacies flying like rotten baloney in all directions:
“Denial of evolution is unique to the United States.” Big Lie. Bandwagon. People around the world doubt evolution. South Korea has a strong anti-evolution movement. There are Darwin skeptics in England, Spain and other parts of Europe. One of the largest creation organizations is in Australia. Nye is sadly misinformed. He states no facts about Russia, the Middle East, Africa, or South America, but expects readers to just accept his sweeping Generality. Even if it were true, would he really want America to imitate the rest of the world? Lots of things about the United States are unique – thank God!….
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