Speak Your Mind: What Debate?
You’ve probably heard by now that Bill Nye of Science Guy fame will debate notorious creationist Ken Ham in February. There has been a lot of talk about how this is a horrible idea and about how it’s not a terrible idea.
I’m not sure how I feel about it, actually. One the one hand, Bill Nye isn’t a biologist, let alone an expert in evolution. He’s an incredible television personality, but can he hold his own when a creationist starts talking nonsense at him? On the other hand, however, a third of Americans don’t accept evolution as the scientific fact that it is. If the worry is that this debate lends legitimacy to a debunked hypothesis, is that what the debate is doing? Creationism is already something that has legitimacy for a depressingly large segment of society. Maybe Nye is just promoting accurate biology in the best way he knows how in the environment he was given. Then, of course, there’s the very real fact that there is no debate to be had here. Evolution is a thing, and no amount of hand-waving can change that.
What do you think? Is the debate an effective way to change hearts and minds on evolution? Is it giving the creationist point of view too much credit? Of will it be a wash with no effect at all?
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