August 27, 2012 11:33am PT by Jordan Zakarin
Bill Nye Slams Creationism, Asks Parents to Abstain From Teaching it to Kids (Video)
You know what gets Bill Nye's bowtie spinning? People who would refute the teachings of Charles Darwin.
The beloved scientist and television host posted a video on the website Big Think this weekend, making a case for evolution, which he called "the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology." Not believing in the idea holds everybody back, he said.
"It's very much analogous in trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates," Nye offered. "You're just not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place."
Name-dropping his former mentor, astronomy all-star Carl Sagan, Nye made his case in a passionate yet restrained fashion.
"Once in a while I get people that claim they don't believe in evolution," he continued. "And my response generally is 'why not?' Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don't believe in evolution."
Finally, he made an appeal: "I say to grownups, if you want to live in your world without 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 tax payers for the future."