And how could they not be, Bill Nye is a charming guy!In my view, again biased in favor of science because, well, because it’s the correct view, Bill Nye won the debate by a large margin. Even a poll on a Christian web site gave a strong win to Nye One could say that it was easy. He focused on the science, as I mentioned, but he also frequently applied that science to Ken Ham’s young earth creationism.Their reasoning was simple and seemingly innocent: if indeed the Earth is old, then fossilized wood from an ancient lava flow should contain no radioactive carbon (14C) today and will not yield a finite age; if the Earth is young as we claim, however, then detectable 14C should be present in the fossilized wood and the K-Ar age of the basalt cannot be taken seriously. Andrew Snelling of Answers in Genesis is available for download from the Institute for Creation Research [Snelling, 2000. For example, 'model' K-Ar ages assume that all argon was expelled from the sample before molten rock cooled, starting the radiometric clock.
So last night was the much-trafficked debate between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ai G founder Ken Ham.
Perhaps that was in part because Nye did well to present a slurry of observations that were inconsistent with a young earth or having a wooden boat carry itself and all animal “kinds”, while Ham did not present anything that was really evidence for earth’s lack of antiquity or why evolution doesn’t work.
There was a bit about radiometric dating (I’ll get to that later), but his presentation was more focused on what he perceives to be the nature of science and how creationism is important to his world view.
How did each episode upset the religious fundamentalists and call out scientific denialism?
Episode 1: “Standing Up in the Milky Way”Tyson wasted no time inspiring the world with the opening episode, telling a story about meeting Carl Sagan and the impact it had on his life.