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Bill Nye, the Science Guy!  If you’re like me Bill Nye and the Magic School Bus were staples of your early educational years.  Well, Bill Nye is getting older but he is no less exciting than he was way back then.  Recently, the famous scientist has been all over the news with his remarks about politics, society, and science.  From creationism to terrible media coverage, Bill Nye is here to say what we don’t want to hear.  Check out some of what he has to say:

“Creationism is Not Appropriate for Children”

1:44 – “And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”

Interview about this video on CBS

3:00 – “You can believe what you want religiously, religion is one thing.  But science, provable science, is something else.”

Climate Change

0:15 – “There’s a couple of things you really can’t dispute.  16 of the last 17 years have been the hottest years on record.  That’s just how it is”

0:48 – “Drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt.  When you have a plus or minus percentage that’s not the same as not believing the whole thing at all.  And by the way everybody, we have record high temperatures, we have enormous fires in Colorado, we had tornadoes in Michigan, in Brooklyn.  We had a 30 degree temperature drop in Maryland and Virginia this weekend.  In just a half hour.  These are consistent with climate change.”

Politics and Social Theories “Bastardizing Science”

2:25 – “We in the skeptics societies, we try to get people to have what we call critical thinking skills.  Evaluate the evidence for yourself.  Evaluate the credibility of each publication, for example, or each claim.”

2:58 – “Why are you skeptical?  What makes you not believe it? And to my ear, so often it’s because the people who are so strident about it have been apparently left-of-center politically…And so, because they’re apparently left-of-center politically, that makes their claims wrong.  And that’s not a good conclusion.”

3:50 – “This sort of thing, for those who like to think about the future, is very disturbing.  And so, to get your viewers and your listeners riled up on something you know is almost fallacious, or probably not good, is bad for everybody—It’s bad for everybody!  Because the United States is a world leader in technology and science, it’s bad for everybody on Earth.  That’s my extraordinary claim.”

The Media’s Responsibility

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this on YouTube so I couldn’t embed it.  But this is by far my favorite.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2012/07/27/bill-nye-disappointed-in-media-for-not-question/187368

0:44 – “Well, if I’m disappointed everybody, it’s in you guys.  I think if the media asked him, asked both of these people who are running for President of the United States about climate change, they’d have to respond.  So I look forward to the debate.  I think with the proper prompting from the media, from the press, we can get answers to this.”

1:35 – “In general I will claim, I don’t think this is extraordinary, when the quality of your environment goes down,  your quality of your life goes down.  And especially the economics.”

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And because you know you that songs is going to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day…

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