Bill Nye has been on an evolution-education kick lately. First, last week, he went on Newsmax’s “MidPoint” to talk about his vehement opposition to creationism being taught in public schools, or at all, to young children. When asked if creationism is making kids less intelligent, he responded:
“Absolutely. They’re holding the kids back. These kids will not be able to participate in the future. Because they will not have this fundamental idea that you can use skeptical thought to learn about nature. They will have to suppress everything they see in nature in order to try and get a worldview that’s compatible with the adults, in whom they trust.”
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GE’s #EmojiScience campaign, which launched today conducting experiments in NYU’s science labs, provides a divine outlet for we non-Ph.D. folk who stew over burning scientific questions while wishing we had an astrophysicist on speed dial. Over the next two days, stars like Bill Nye, Jessica Williams of “The Daily Show,” Gary Vaynerchu and Baratunde Thurston will help GE scientists run emoji-inspired experiments and prove that, in the words of GE, ”there’s science in everything, including emojis.” Those of us who are casual “Cosmos” viewers, “Interstellar” head-scratchers or just have a tendency to get lost in science-related Wikipedia k-holes can join the party by sending a SnapChat of our favorite emoji to “GeneralElectric” from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Friday. SnapChatters will receive a video of a live science experiment that fits their emoji of choice (personally, this one has my vote) conducted by a GE scientist or one of the aforementioned celebrity guests. Science: it’s fun! It’s hip!
Fourteen years ago, when author George Dyson was gearing up to meet Bill Nye The Science Guy, his 9-year-old daughter Lauren had some very important advice for him. So important, in fact, that it merited a letter with starred bullet points. My favorite is “Don’t wear sweatpants at ALL. Jeans are OK sometimes.” Applicable to so many situations. [Boing Boing]
One thing I always say about men: it is so hot when they believe that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old. That’s why the rest of The Frisky staff and I want to have front row seats next month when Bill Nye The Science Guy debates Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum. Keep reading »
Has there ever been a more pleasantly surprising addition to primetime TV than Bill Nye, The Science Guy? I think not. Look at him during his first live appearance on “Dancing with the Stars,” all soft-spoken and dapper and trying to teach everyone about science. So cute! “Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while,” he says, and then dances the cha-cha-cha to “Weird Science”. The judges didn’t love it — Len Goodman likened it to a waxing experience — and unfortunately Bill doesn’t seem long for the game… but man, if this wasn’t one of the most delightful 5 minutes and 16 seconds of my young life thus far. At least, until the judges started tearing him apart, at which point I started to feel like I, and he, might actually cry. Poor Bill. [Jezebel]