Bill Nye ‘The Fake-Science Guy’

Former children’s show host Bill Nye, known popularly as “The Science Guy,” has apparently had it up to his bowtie with us creationist types, posting a video clip on Big Think via YouTube pleading with us dumb hicks to leave the kids out of it. Too bad for him, though, that all of his major points are off the mark.

According to this Yahoo! News/ABC News story, Nye praises the United States for its technological innovation, and says that instead of evolution deniers, “We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.” Well, here’s the thing: Engineering, and technological innovation, and “building stuff,” have nothing, zero, nada, to do with evolution. These things have entirely to do with observational science, which, unlike evolutionary theory, involves experimentation that gives clear, repeatable results right before your very eyes.

Some call this “hard” science: you design and build a machine, or a bridge, or a road, and you test it, and it either works or it doesn’t—if it does, great; if not, you go back and try to figure out what went wrong. There’s theorizing involved, but no philosophizing—if something works, it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t, and the results have nothing to do with what you believe about people and the universe and our origins. “Soft” science, on the other hand, is not so conclusive, instead involving a lot of guesswork and conjecture. This is also called historical science, because it deals with things that happened in the past, which means we can’t observe them today, only speculate based on any physical evidence left behind. This type of science, which includes the study of origins, is very much dependent on the worldview you bring to the table—and yes, each of us has a worldview, whether creationist or evolutionist, theistic or atheistic, and it can be difficult to look at things outside the lens of your worldview, but we must all try; we must look at the evidence, not at philosophies, and then determine what theory/worldview/outcome the evidence best fits and points to (more on this below).

Mr. Nye further manifests his confusion over the two types of science when he says, “Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s like, it’s very much analogous to, trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates.” Again, here’s the thing: We can see tectonic plates, and we can observe them moving, whereas evolution, even if true, would be unobservable during the relatively short lifespan of humankind—a fact I’ve always found convenient for evolutionists: “Trust us! It does happen!” Sounds like faith, not science.

Some other thoughts:

  • If evolution is so fundamental to all of life science, then why was there so much true scientific progress before Darwin popularized evolution? And how could podunk creationists since Darwin’s time have made scientific discoveries and advances? Louis Pasteur, for example, was a creationist, and his denial of evolution didn’t stop him from being a great scientist. There are also a good deal of eminently qualified physicists, biologists, etc., today who hold to creationism.
  • Nye also says that “the idea of deep time, of this billions of years, explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your worldview just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.” The idea of deep time, however, is nothing more than a grown-up’s fantasy that enables the evolutionist to believe in his god: “Give it enough time, and anything can happen!” Actually, no, that’s not the case. Even given the evolutionism-supplied age of the universe of 12-15 billion years, there still would not have been enough time for all the mutations necessary to transition from single-celled organisms to humans, or anything even close to humans. And I fail to see how my belief in divine creationism is crazy, untenable, or inconsistent—it doesn’t cause me to have trouble functioning in my day-to-day life, and I see nothing in the natural world that conclusively demonstrates the evolutionary worldview; in fact, what I observe (not what I postulate) confirms the Biblical account: well-ordered systems (biological, molecular, solar, etc.); each animal kind fully formed and reproducing more of its kind without any major changes; a fossil record and geological strata consistent with a global, catastrophic flood. What, precisely, is crazy, untenable, or inconsistent about any of that? Such characterizations require evidence … but I guess I shouldn’t expect an evolutionist to deal in empirical proof.
  • Said Nye: “You know, in another couple of centuries that worldview (creationism), I’m sure, will be, it just won’t exist. There’s no evidence for it.” Sure, and atheists thought God would be dead and gone by now. As for evidence, check out Creation.com and Answersingenesis.org, which contain thousands of articles from highly trained and qualified scientists that lend plenty of fuel to the creationism fire.
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