Bill Nye: "Creationism is not Appropriate for Children"

If the denial of evolution is holding society back, what can be done about it? According to Bill Nye, the answer lies in cutting our losses, favoring science education in our youth over stagnant arguments with benighted adults.

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Here, Nye makes the astute observation that those who opt to deny evolution elect to live in a world that's much more complicated than reality, a world that's "completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe." And you know what? That's fine — provided they don't subject their children to that way of thinking. Because the truth of the matter is: we need them.

It's an interesting modus operandi, but perhaps one worthy of consideration.

[Big Think]

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Robbie Gonzalez

I was arguing about this video with people last night: is this an earnest suggestion on Bill's part?

I feel like it goes without saying that those who identify with creationism are unlikely to have their kids learn about evolution "for the good of the future" — so how much of this is Bill lamenting the absurdity of a culture as advanced as ours being mired in debates over creationism vs. evolution, and how much of it is him proposing actual change? Is it both? Maybe he's just emphasizing the need for change by highlighting the absurdity of the situation.