For those of you who may have forgotten, haven’t been made aware, or are giddy with excitement regarding the pending outcome…TODAY, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) and Ken Ham (The Creationist Guy) will be dare-I-say “debating” the topic of - well, what else? - CREATION. More specifically, origins regarding Evolution by Natural Selection (otherwise known as Evolutionary Biology, aka Life Science against the pseudo-intellectual debacle that is Creationism, as Ken Ham is the President/CEO/Founder of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.
Aptly (and confusingly) titled "Is Creation A Viable Model Of Origins?", the event is taking place at none other than the Creation Museum’s Legacy Hall at 7pm.
I understand that everyone seems to have conflicting opinions on this, so I invite you to watch Hemant Mehta’s “11 Tips For Bill” which should muffle your worries a bit. During moments such as these…
Just keep in mind…
As for my own opinion on this….pseudoscience and religious fundamentalism should be dragged out into the public square and debated rigorously for all to see. “Debates” such as these are not unique or unfamiliar throughout human history. Galileo Galilei was not only branded a heretic for sharing his inventions and discoveries with the public, he was viewed as “arrogant” by the Holy Office of the Inquisition throughout the 1500’s-1600’s when he would communicate science openly, such as his experiments regarding inclined planes and his most famous: the demonstration of how bodies fall via gravity from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which led to NASA Commander David Scott replicating the experiment 382 years later during the Apollo 15 mission…on the moon.
After astronaut David Scott performed the experiment on the moon successfully, he said, "that proves Mr. Galileo was correct in his findings."
Galileo at the Leaning Pisa tower proving “equal rates of acceleration of free falling objects” [source]
Galileo didn’t just perform this experiment for fun. Or for science. He did this publicly to mock (and put to rest) those who stood by the teachings of Aristotle, who claimed the objects were similar in substance to the ground, due to his infatuation with the supposed “basic” elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Through Galileo, we learned of the frictional forces involved with inertia, and that Copernicus was right - the Earth was just another planet, and the forces (laws of nature) which govern us on Earth also govern the heavens.
No such difference is there between publicly exposing Creationism and its failings for what it is.
"It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment."
- Galileo Galilei
So yeah…tune in (or not) to the live-streamed event: “rumble in the scientifically illiterate jungle.”.