The verdict is in. Bill Nye handily beat Ken Ham last night at the debate. And, he did it in Ken’s own territory – in an ode to ignorance known as the Creation Museum.
Many in the atheist community were concerned about how things would go given the environment and other factors. There was concern that Mr. Nye would be making Ken Ham and his creation model look more legitimate. I think a fair assessment of the debate would conclude that Bill’s presentation of science and facts were more compelling than Ken’s silly seven “Cs” of creation or his bizarre reasoning or his lack of honest answers. In the end, science education in America is the winner. Bill Nye understands that we have to take this debate to the street. The voters need to understand what is at stake. Ken Ham’s effort to undermine science education in Kentucky and in the rest of country deserves a counter-effort. We need pro-science advocates such as Bill Nye taking this fight to the people.
Its seems silly now that we doubted Bill Nye the Science Guy’s ability to handle this debate. There really is no comparison. Using his friendly charisma and plenty of his charateristicly plain spoken science facts, my guess is that Bill Nye entertained and informed even the the mostly creationist audience. As for Ken Ham, any time he started to speak most of the atheists that I watched it with were probably thinking “I’ve heard this ridiculous and tired argument a hundred times before.” Ken’s slides were dense with creationist clip art. It was all pretty slick – high definition and lots of multimedia. But you know, there is no amount of polish or technology that can make up for the total lack of compelling arguments and facts in Ken Ham’s lame presentation.
It seems that this debate may have been an attempt to get attention in order to raise funds for the failing Ark Encounters endeavor. I doubt it will make much difference in helping Ham and his buddies raise the remaining millions needed to make his Arky Arky in Kentucky.
During the debate there were a few jokes that seemed to fall flat (as evidenced by limited chuckles or only a patter of polite applause), I wonder which one of the jokes drove this mixed reaction?