Ham on Nye: Creationism vs Evolution: Circus, science and superstition

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.

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    This will be amazing to watch

  • Tirza Vivianne Horvath

    We are on “your side” the right side, that will win!
    I really want to watch it now!

    • AB

      are you living in the 21st century or in the Dark Ages? Do you really believe the Earth and everything on it was created in six days? You are nuts and so are all of the others who believe this garbage.

  • Religion cannot impart values. No delusion can impart values, but the projection of self thru a religious delusion can.

    Science cannot impart values. No positive statement can give birth to a normative one without the addition of another normative value laden one. It’s called the is/out problem in philosophy. Since science is descriptive in nature and not perspective it cannot give us values either.

    • saganhill

      That’s where art, philosophy, etc… come in. It compliments Science. No god needed.

    • Micah

      So religion and science can’t impart values, but YOU can impart the value that they can’t impart values. Nope.