what are snails even trying to do
Bob scrubbin’ your blog.
still my favorite thing on tumblr
I wonder if there’s an alternate universe where Suge Knight actually dropped him off that balcony and now he’s like Kurt Cobain and Tupac.
I want to preface this by saying I am not a creationist and believe that there is evidence to suggest that all life evolved from a single point of origin billions of years ago.
So what was the point?
Well, both of them were given a lovely chance to expand their mutual brands. Bill Nye gets to be in the media spotlight which would hypothetically bolster his edutainment career as “The Science Guy”. Whereas Ken Ham got the chance to show a wider audience his creation museum and all the products it sells on its website.
I suppose both were there to spread their ideals and concepts too. Ham got to stand up to a larger audience than usual and attempt to poke holes in the theory of evolution and the scientific method.
While I do not agree with most of what Ham had to say I think he had one really valid point. Just because you are a creationist does not mean you’re unintelligent. As he pointed out in his presentation there are plenty of intelligent innovative people who prescribe to his world view. While Nye never came out and said anything exactly that, I do feel it was implied at several points during the debate.
Bill got to try to explain to a public, 46 percent of which believe in a creationist origin for humanity, the dangers of not teaching science in science classes. While it was probably a bit of slippery slope argument, though I think there is some credit in his warning that the US could fall behind in the global economy without a robust science curriculum.
Can you really even call this a debate?
The thing that I find most distressing that it really was not much a debate. Both individuals used different definitions of the word “science”. So it was more of two people talking about their views for two hours with the occasional back and forth that was invalidated due the whole not agreeing on the terms of the argument thing.
This was probably just clever marketing on both of their parts. Were any hearts and minds swayed by this debate? Probably not. All the young earth creationist are probably still young earth creationist while all people who find there is little evidence to support their claims probably still find there is little evidence to support their claims. It was however entertaining and a fascinating look at how other people view the world we for better or worse share with one another and for that I appreciated it.
Bonus points to Coke and Apple for getting what I assume was free product placement.