In a short video embedded below, Bill Nye of Science Guy fame reminds us that America is the world's most technologically advanced country but we are also home to a uniquely large population of people who refuse to accept the fundamental scientific theory of evolution.
Nye explains that disbelief in evolution forces disbelievers to construct a wildly untenable theory of their own. If that belief is passed on to future generations, he said, America will be deprived of the scientists and engineers it needs to stay technologically competitive in the future.
"Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology," Nye said. “It’s like, it's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place." Further, he added "If you try to ignore that, your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent."
"I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in our universe, that's fine. But don't make your kids do it, because we need them," he said. "We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems."
Watch the short, 2 min video below:
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It's also good to see that the reports of Bill Nye's death were greatly exaggerated.