Bill Nye: Crusader for Science!

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June 24 2013 10:30 AM

Bill Nye: Crusader for Science!

Bill Nye and Phil Plait
The only time I can look down on Bill Nye.

Photo by the James Randi Educational Foundation, from a video of a panel Nye and Plait did together

I don’t think Bill Nye needs much of an introduction. His show is legend, of course, and a generation (cough cough a tad younger than me cough) grew up loving science because of him.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

In the years since, he’s done more TV, and I applaud him for that, but even more he’s been a strong advocate for science and against anti-science. When reporter John Schwartz contacted me and asked me about Nye, I was too happy to help. The article he wrote is now live at the New York Times site:"Firebrand for Science, and Big Man on Campus."

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The money quote people seem to like (judging from Twitter and Facebook) is this:

Mr. Plait said admiringly of Mr. Nye, “He will very calmly tear [anti-scientists] apart,” adding, “His big advantage is, he’s right. We know that climate change is real. We know creationism is wrong. These are no longer scientific controversies.”
“When people call these ‘controversial topics,’ that’s misleading,” he continued. “They are only controversial politically. And politics is not necessarily evidence-based.”

It's a well-written article, and you should read the whole thing.

Nye is a good guy and doing good work. He has a solid background in engineering and science, and he uses that to get people to stretch their imaginations to see what can be done. His new motto is, “You can change the world!”

He’s right. Again.

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