Scientists all over the world have a difficult job combating junk science, especially when young people are indoctrinated in it from a young age. There’s a video going around the internet that shows Bill Nye discussing science with Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis during a tour of the new Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Ham tries to twist Nye’s words and convince him that science supports Creationism, Noah’s Ark, and the miracles of Jesus. The best way to wipe out pseudoscience is to discuss actual science with everyone else.
Ken Ham is the president, CEO, and founder the pseudoscience organization “Answer in Genesis.” Answers in Genesis has been misleading people since it was created in 1994. He opened the Creation Museum, in 2007, which showcases information that is completely contrary to modern science. The 75,000 square foot museum tries to convince visitors that the Bible should be interpreted literally. In 2016, Ham opened his life-size Ark Encounter “evangelistic attraction.” Interestingly enough, besides being unscientific, Ham used tools to build the ark that were not present during the biblical period he claims it was built.
Modern geology, biology, meteorology, chemistry, and physics prove almost every claim the Creation Museum makes. Unfortunately, many children visit the misinformation museum.
This YouTube video demonstrates Ham’s master manipulation skills. He constantly makes huge, irrational, illogical assumptions to the facts Nye discusses. To Ham, anything he doesn’t understand automatically means “because… God.”
At one point, Ham tells Nye (and a group of kids) that God gave humans clothes because of sin. Clothes were invented because of sin. Nye responds with “I’m very skeptical that sin caused us to wear clothes.”
This isn’t the first time Nye has tried to talk some sense into Ken Ham.
You can be a Christian and a scientist, and some well-known scientists believed in some kind of being or power. However, their contributions to science were not because of their beliefs, they were despite them. The problem arises when one picks and chooses what to accept, especially if it directly conflicts with religious beliefs that are not based on sound science. Science has been the method that continues to close ignorance gaps that religion once filled.
Pseudoscience is in direct conflict with sound science, which utilizes the scientific method. Unfortunately, things get complicated when people purposely mislead others by injecting junk science into matters. In order to be considered “sound science” or “scientific” research must have: (1) observable evidence/data, (2) a testable theory with the ability to verify/reproduce results/confirm on it a consistent basis, (3) predictability, (4) quantifiability, and (5) clearly defined terminology. This is why there was a right and wrong answer on your high school physics test. It’s not about how you feel (subjectivity), it’s about the scientific method, evidence, facts, empirical data, demonstrable results, verification, consistent replication, etc. (objectivity).