Speak Your Mind: Science Communication
If you’re a fan of science and have been on the Internet in the past few weeks, you’ve probably run across a viral video of Bill Nye calling creationists crazy. Well, it’s more than that. It’s an impassioned plea to let children learn science uncorrupted by dogmatic and nonsensical beliefs. You can watch the video after the jump.
If you’re like me, you stood up and cheered. There’s the Science Guy of my youth, telling it like it is. But not everyone was so pleased. The video has been criticized for ultimately alienating those who don’t accept evolution. The critique says that Nye’s language was divisive and would not convince anyone to abandon a creationist ideology.
However, Nye is not without his defenders. One blogger argues that the video was not meant to act as evidence for evolution or to convince anyone to abandon creationism. Instead, it was meant to rile up the base and challenge the science deniers.
I tend to fall into the latter camp. One does not convince anyone of anything in a two minute video. But one can start a conversation. And maybe it’s just me, but I love when people say what they think and don’t mince words. I think Bill Nye did that here. But what do you think?
Did Bill Nye cross a line with his video? What do you think the purpose of his video is? Was he effective?