Bill Nye

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Bill Nye

Bill Nye is an engineer best known for his children's television series Bill Nye the Science Guy, a Disney show which was broadcast on PBS in the 1990s. In 2010, he was given the Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association.[1] The American Humanist Association opposes belief in the existence of God.[2] Videos of the show are often used in public schools.[3]

Opposition to biblical teachings on creation

In 2012, Bill Nye produced a video attacking the teaching of creationism to children. In the video he said: "I say to the grownups, 'If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we've observed in the universe that's fine. But don't make your kids do it.'"[4] In an interview on the topic he said "[t]he biblical stories were presented to me, but they never seemed reasonable."[4] By supporting censoring the teaching of biblical creation, Nye thus supports brainwashing children with evolution rather than letting them have a balanced education on the topic.[5] The Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) publically called on Nye to debate on the creation-evolution issue.[6]

On February 4, 2014, Nye debated Ken Ham, the president of the Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis.[7] The debate was the dominant trending topic on Twitter and Facebook and it was estimated that over 3 million people watched the debate live.[8] It was reported by the mainstream media that because of the debate, interest and support for the Ark Encounter, which had been struggling for funds, returned, and AiG was able to raise enough money so construction could begin in 2014,[9] even though AiG has stated that this was not the case, as it was not reasonably possible to purchase a bond after the debate.[10]

Ham challenged Nye during the debate and several times afterwards to "name one piece of technology that could only have been developed starting with a belief in molecules-to-man evolution," but Nye has been unable to find any example.[11]

After the debate, Nye released a book entitled Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, in which he repeated his false claims concerning creation and evolution.[12]

On July 8, 2016, the day after the Ark Encounter opened to the public, Nye toured the attraction upon invitation from Ham.[13]

Although Nye falsely believes that belief in biblical creation somehow impedes scientific and technological progress—despite there being massive and strong evidence to the contrary—he has unknowingly praised scientific and technological innovations done by biblical creationists, such as the MRI scanner invented by Raymond Damadian.[11]

Global warming

Bill Nye advocates action on global warming and has appeared in Climate Code segments on the Weather Channel giving advice on how to save energy.

In April 2016 he took the global warming debate up to the "put your money where your mouth is" level. He issued two bets, of $10,000 each, with Joe Bastardi, a "climate change contrarian" and frequent critic of Nye. One bet was that "2016 will be in the top 10 of hottest years on record", and that "this current decade will be the warmest ever recorded".[14] Mr. Bastardi has not taken up the offer. Since 2016 has ended, the first bet has ended. Mr. Nye likely would have won—2016 was reported by NASA and NOAA to be "the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures."[15][16]

Criticism

In March 2015, Bill Nye, was widely criticised for changing his mind about genetic engineering (or GMOs) after a visit to Monsanto, the pesticide and seed giant at the forefront of the biotechnology industry.[17] After his visit, Monsanto even tweeted a picture of Nye surrounded by other scientists from the GMO company, saying, "Thanks @BillNye for visit & advancing #science understanding. Look forward to more discussion!" [18]

In mid-April 2016, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at a gathering at the Washington premiere of the anti-climate change film Climate Hustle, called into question Nye's credentials. "Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am. He's a kids' show actor. He's not a scientist."[19]

To help prove whether Nye is a real scientist, FactCheck.org cited his qualifications, that proved to be just honorary degrees: Nye has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell. He also has six honorary doctorate degrees, including Ph.D.s in science from Goucher College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.[20]

In late April 2016, Weather Channel founder John Coleman (a meteorologist for over six decades), accused Bill Nye of being "a pretend scientist in a bow tie." He went on to add that "In 20 or 30 years, when Nye is an old man, he will realize how wrong he was as the Earth continue to be a just a great place to live."[21]

References

  1. Ken Ham Responds to Bill Nye "The Humanist Guy"
  2. What is Humanism - AHA website
  3. Original research by User:DMorris
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/08/28/bill-nye-creationism_n_1837505.html
  5. Mitchell, Elizabeth, Dr. (August 30, 2012). Bill Nye’s Crusade for Your Kids. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved Janaury 17, 2017.
  6. Ham, Ken (September 8, 2012). We Are Publicly Challenging Bill Nye to a Debate. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved Janaury 17, 2017.
  7. Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham. Answers in Genesis. February 4, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  8. Over 3 Million Tuned In Live for Historic Bill Nye and Ken Ham Evolution/Creation Debate. "'Answers in Genesis. February 5, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  9. "Creation Museum's $73m Noah's Ark park to begin construction in Kentucky", 28 February 2014. Retrieved on 13 April 2014. 
  10. Ham, Ken & Looy, Mark (August 22, 2016). Media Misinformation Continues with the Ark. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ham, Ken (March 6, 2015). Bill Nye Program (Unwittingly) Praises Creationist Research. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  12. Ham, Ken (November 4, 2014). Nye’s Book Undeniable Is Undeniably Inaccurate. Answers in Genesis. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  13. Ham, Ken. Bill Nye Visits the Ark Encounter. Answers in Genesis. July 8, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  14. The Bill Nye climate change bet.
  15. Data from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  16. Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  17. What Bill Nye Got Wrong in His About-Face on GMOs
  18. Bill Nye now the corporate fraud science guy
  19. Sarah Palin mocks Bill Nye over climate change: He's 'as much as scientist as I am'
  20. FactCheck.org cites Bill Nye’s fake degrees to prove he’s a scientist
  21. Weather Channel Founder Slams Bill Nye: Calls him ‘a pretend scientist in a bow tie’

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