The countdown to this hotly anticipated debate has begun and later today, two men – Bill Nye “the science guy” and Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum – will go head to head onstage at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.
The debate will take place at 7:00 p.m. EST and is entitled:
Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins? Bill Nye – Ken Ham Debate.
Consider the following:
“It began with an online video (August 2012), viewed 6 million times: TV’s ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ arguing that teaching biblical creationism was bad for children.
That got under the skin of Ken Ham, founder of Northern Kentucky’s controversial Creation Museum, which presents the biblical creation story as scientific fact. Ham fired back with a video of his own, and with the viral buzz growing, the two sides agreed to a public showdown.” Louisville Courier-Journal
According to Nye, evolution makes science easy:
“Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s 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….
Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution.”
The “debate of the decade” has already generated significant attention from national media, and tickets to attend live were completely sold out within two minutes of release. Millions will likely flood the internet for the live stream on debatelive.org and recorded viewing afterward.
What to expect?
Bill Nye has an engineering degree and has been described as a “science communicator.” He supports the theory of evolution as scientific fact. Nye’s quick wit cobbled together with science references could win over the casual viewer looking for ways to ease their own cognitive dysfunction from years of being taught evolution in school.
Ken Ham is a young-Earth creationist who advocates a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis. Ham’s passion and charismatic way of speaking, coupled with his teaching experience could make sense to a lot of viewers who do not have a science background.
Stoking the fire of the ages old fight of science and religion, the debate will likely be smart and civil. While it may not change anyone’s mind it should be good for business. Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum have seen more online activity, as has Big Think who arranged Bill Nye’s original video challenging religious mythology and intelligent design that sparked the controversy. Big Think’s themes include: New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.
The Bill Nye-Ken Ham/ Science Versus Creationism debate scheduled for tonight (watch HERE @7PM Eastern)
Interesting stuff, this science.
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