In a new web video from online knowledge forum Big Think, science guy Bill Nye talks about evolution denial and its negative impact on society.

"When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in [Evolution] it holds everybody back," Nye says. "Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It's very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates."

His disagreement with grownups who believe in creationism notwithstanding, Nye says they are welcome to their "crazy, untenable, inconsistent" world view, so long as they don't try to force it on their children.


"[I]f you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them," Nye says. "We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can-we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems."


The video concludes on a positive note, with Nye assuring viewers that "in another couple of centuries that world view...just won't exist. There's no evidence for it."

[H/T: BoingBoing]