Bill Nye

Bill Nye

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About

Bill Nye is an American science educator, best known as the host of the children’s educational television show Bill Nye the Science Guy which aired on PBS from 1993 – 1998.

Online History

Bill Nye launched his personal homepage[13] on July 9th, 1996. His Facebook fan page[17] was created on December 4th, 2008 and has since attracted more than 1.3 million fans. He joined YouTube[14] in April 2009, where he has uploaded 26 videos, accrued nearly 15,000 subscribers and gained more than 3.6 million views, averaging more than 278,000 views per day as of September 2013. Nye also maintains an active Twitter[15] account where he has more than 930,000 followers. On August 23rd, 2012, Nye argued that creationism was not appropriate for children in a video on the Big Think YouTube channel, gaining upwards of 6.14 million views and 374,000 comments in the next two years. On July 23rd, 2013, Nye appeared as a guest on the science YouTube channel ASAPScience, where he discussed humanity’s hypothetical ability to stop an asteroid from colliding with Earth (shown below, right).



In June 2013, Nye participated in an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit, which gained 58,904 upvotes, 3,257 points overall and 8,076 comments prior to being archived. On December 5th, Nye starred in an open video letter to President Barack Obama, which urged the White House to fund planetary science with $1.5 billion per year (shown below).



Creationism Debate

On January 2nd, 2014, the Christian evangelist website Answers in Genesis[19] announced that Nye would debate the founder and president of the Creation Museum Ken Ham the following month. On the same day, Redditor mepper posted the announcement to the r/skeptic[20] subreddit, where it received over 1,000 up votes and 220 comments in the first month. On January 16th, the Richard Dawkins Foundation[21] published an article arguing why scientists should not legitimize creationists by debating them. In the comments section of the post, Richard Dawkins left several tips for Nye in his upcoming debate. On February 2nd, Nye debated Ham at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky (shown below).



During the two and a half hour debate, Nye argued that Earth was created billions of years ago and that all life on the planet had been formed by millions of years of evolution by natural selection. Ham argued that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago by a divine creator and that all living beings were created as they are today. Following the debate, several image macros featuring screen captures from the event reached the front page of Reddit (shown below).[23][24][25] On February 5th, BuzzFeed[22] published several photographs of creationists from the debate holding handwritten messages to evolutionists.



Reputation

Nye is known for being a proponent of a scientific worldview, a staunch environmentalist and an advocate for space exploration.

Related Memes

Bill Nye the Science Guy Remixes

Bill Nye the Science Guy Remixes are a series of remix songs based on the theme song from his PBS television show. They often appear as recut music videos featuring footage from other memorable television shows, movies or video games. Though clips from the song were used in YTMND sites as early as May 2004, the first full-length remix of the song was posted via YouTube on January 7th, 2006, which infused hardcore techno beats into the theme (shown below).



@Bill_Nye_Tho

@Bill_Nye_Tho was a novelty Twitter account based on Nye’s persona that launched in early 2012. The tweets were mostly about science factoids, but from the perspective of a person who was stoned. On July 17th, a corresponding single topic Tumblr[1] for the Twitter account was created to archive the tweets. Five days later, 20 of these tweets were curated into a listicle on Buzzfeed.[2] In August, more of @Bill_Nye_tho’s tweets were featured on The Chive.[3]



However, the account was suspended in September 2012, following a temporary suspension that July. At the time of the suspension, @Bill_Nye_tho had attracted nearly 200,000 followers[4] and was gaining between 2,000 – 3,000 retweets per update.[5] It was revealed that month the account was run by Laughspin writer Lucas Gardner[6] who told Betabeat[7] that he had no intention in pursuing the account again after its second suspension. As of September 2013, the account is still suspended, despite a Change.org petition[8] to save it. While many of @Bill_Nye_tho’s original tweets have been archived on Favstar.fm[9] and Tumblr[10], a Facebook fan page[11] and secondary Twitter account[12] attempt to keep the joke alive, gaining more than 60,000 likes and 15,000 followers respectively as of September 2013.

Personal Life

Bill Nye was born in Washington D.C. on November 27th, 1955. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University, where he took classes with Carl Sagan. He then spent time working at Boeing in Seattle before getting a recurring spot on a local sketch comedy show where he earned the nickname “Bill Nye the Science Guy” after correcting the host’s pronunciation of “gigawatt.” The success of his local segment led to 100 episodes of his science-themed show on PBS in the 1990s. He has dedicated the rest of his career to educational entertainment and science work. As of September 2013, he resides in Los Angeles and is an avid swing dancer. In September 2013, he announced that he would be joining the cast of the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars.[18]



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Jordan
Jordan

In regard to the debate, I just want to say this: I am a Christian but I do not agree with Ken Ham’s views on science. No, the earth is not 6,000 years old. The Bible is not a scientific handbook. Yes, it does state some facts, even some that were not fully known until the Scientific Revolution, but the existence of God is a spiritual issue, not a physical one. Science only interprets the physical universe. I believe that intelligent design is entirely possible, considering that a divine being who created the universe would have to transcend it, and therefore be out of reach of science. As a Christian I think it’s foolish of people to try using science to prove or disprove the Bible. It’s a spiritual issue, not a physical one. Even if I don’t fully agree with some of Bill Nye’s stances on specific things, he is clearly a very intelligent man and he certainly won the debate, and of all the scientists who do believe in creationism/intelligent design, Ken Ham was one of the worst people who could have been chosen for this debate.

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