'Science Guy' Bill Nye, Creationist Square Off

Bill Nye makes the case for evolution

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 5, 2014 4:36 AM CST
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(Newser) – In a showdown watched around the world Ken Ham believes is 6,000 years old, "Science Guy" Bill Nye traveled to Ham's home turf for a long anticipated debate on creationism vs. evolution. Some highlights from the slideshow-packed debate at Kentucky's Creation Museum, as per Time, USA Today, and the Courier-Journal:

  • Ham opened by arguing that "Science has been hijacked by secularists," and the teaching of evolution is "imposing the religion of atheism on generations of students." His interpretation of science, he said, supports his view that the Bible is a literal account of the Earth's creation.

  • Nye—who repeatedly stressed that the US will be left behind by other countries if it doesn't teach real science in schools—said Ham's assertion that "there is some difference between the natural laws that I observe today and the natural laws of 4,000 years ago" was "extraordinary and unsettling."
  • Ham focused heavily on what he called "observational science," wondering how Nye could be so sure about events and processes he didn't witness. "I challenge the evolutionists to admit the belief aspects of their particular worldview," he said.
  • As part of his critique of creationism, Nye explained the "kangaroo conundrum," wondering why, if kangaroos hopped from where Noah's Ark landed to Australia, no kangaroo bones have been found along the way. He also grabbed the attention of the 800-strong audience with a discussion of "traditional fish sex."
  • The final question was "What is the one thing more than anything else upon which you base your belief?" Ham and Nye predictably answered "The Bible" and "Science" respectively.
After the debate, the pair met again on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, where climate change was discussed along with evolution, Mediaite reports. Ham blamed this week's snowstorms on the world "winding down," while Nye said he is "very skeptical" of supernatural explanations for the weather.

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