Bill Nye on the Age of the Earth

Speaking at Iowa State University recently, Bill Nye was asked about the theory of evolution vs. the theory of special creation. Here’s how The New York Times this week reported his response (and the response he received from the audience):

During the question-and-answer session, a student brought up Mr. Nye’s comments on evolution and creation. The problem, he explained, is that some people advocate requiring public schools to teach religious apologia as science.

“The earth’s not 4,000, 6,000, 10,000 years old,” he said. “I’ve got no problem with anybody’s religion. But if you go claiming the earth is only 10,000 years old, that’s just wrong.”

The students roared their approval.

The audience reaction gives me hope in the ultimate rationality of the majority of 21st century American opinion leaders (that is, those with college educations) going forward.

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Here’s Jerry Coyne on why evolution is true:

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And here’s the BBC recounting how the Earth and moon got their start 4.5 billion years ago:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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