Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is debating Ken “Answers in Genesis” Ham this Tuesday. The event is bound to be an intellectual circus, a spectacle of science and superstition, a commingling of the mundane and the absurd.
Many atheists and other freethinkers are worried that Nye is lending scientific credibility to creationism (aka Intelligent Design) by debating Ham. Many believe debating a creationist is simply a bad idea. The Richard Dawkins Foundation has already issued a statement to that effect:
Creationism vs. evolution however is not worth debating. Why? Simple, there is nothing to debate. Evolution is a scientific fact, backed by mountains of evidence, peer-reviewed papers you could stack to the moon and an incredible scientific community consensus. Creationism is a debunked mythology that is based solely in faith. It has zero peer-reviewed papers to back up its claims, it has absolutely no scientific consensus and is not even considered science due to the fact it cannot be tested.
So why is Nye debating the creationist? Maybe it is for the kids:
“Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong.”― Bill Nye
The debate between Creationist Ken Ham and Evolutionist Bill Nye will take place at the Legacy Hall of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Titled “Is creation a viable model of origins?” the Nye-Ham debate will also be live-streamed online for free.