Why is the above video so compelling? I’d say it has primarily to do with his manner of speaking about evolution: Bill Nye the Science Guy, a man beloved by children and parents alike, is pained, bewildered, and disappointed–and when a good teacher (as Nye so obviously is) displays these emotions, we are conditioned to become attentive.
And Nye goes straight to the heart of the matter: to reject the theory of evolution is to abandon all hope of a worldview that coheres with what scientists have discovered over the past two centuries about the universe. Scientists hypothesize the universe is old and that plants and animals on Earth have changed over time because the evidence converges on these two conclusions. Evolution is what you come to when you reason to the best explanation. Evolution is Occam’s razor.
Bill Nye is the boy saying to young earth creationists the following: “Your Emperor has no clothes.” This breaks the spell (or ought to).