August 24, 2014

Watch Bill Nye's Keynote Talk At This Year's Edition Of The Amazing Meeting (TAM)

Last July at the annual The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas, one of the keynote speakers was Bill Nye. Popularly referred to as The Science Guy, Nye is among the most prominent figures at the forefront of science education in the United States, if not the world. In his hour-long talk at The Amazing Meeting (a conference that gathers scientists, science educators, skeptics and proponents of critical thinking from around the world), Nye spoke about the importance of science education and innovation and the absurdities of unscientific beliefs like young earth creationism (YEC).

Nye spent the first part of his talk expounding on his widely-publicized debate a few months ago with Ken Ham, a young earth creationist who heads the Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis. Answers in Genesis runs the Creation Museum located in Petersburg, Kentucky. Ham and his followers maintain that the earth is less than 10,000 years old and that the now-extinct dinosaurs used to live alongside humans. In fact, the Creation Museum has exhibits featuring carnivorous dinosaurs hobnobbing with humans.

In his talk at the TAM conference, Nye reiterated some of the things he discussed during his debate with Ham like Ham's nonsensical "historical science versus observational science" concept, the impracticality of the Noah's Ark story, the big question of how did the kangaroos get to Australia after the supposed Great Flood, the lies of creationists with regards to transitional fossils supporting the evolutionary process, and the fact that the principle of light years completely blow the "young earth" defense out of the water.

Nye also talked a bit about the recent aviation tragedy involving the yet-to-be-found Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Nye also divulged that in preparing for his debate with Ham, he solicited the help of Donald Prothero (a paleontologist and geologist) and Michael Shermer (a science writer and science historian). And he plugged a book authored by him which is scheduled to be published by St. Martin's Press this coming November. Called Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, the book was obviously an offshoot of Nye's Big Think comments and his debate with the creationist Ham.

Watch Bill Nye's full keynote talk below. The video was recently uploaded by the James Randi Educational Foundation on YouTube. JREF hosts the annual The Amazing Meeting conferences.

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