Science educator and television host Bill Nye will head to northern Kentucky Tuesday for his much-publicized debate with Creation Museum president Ken Ham. But the star of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” first stopped at Murray State University Monday night to deliver this year’s Presidential Lecture.
Nye said he will argue at the debate that Ham’s creation model is not viable in the modern scientific world.
“Does Ken Ham’s creation model work? I don’t think it does," Nye said. "He has all kinds of just remarkable inconsistencies in his world view, and we’ll bring that up. But he’s a passionate guy. He believes in what he’s doing. I respect him for that.”
While on campus, Nye commended Kentucky’s implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in public schools.
“You don’t want the commonwealth of Kentucky – which is now, by the way, 37th in science education. You don’t want it to fall further behind," Nye said.
Nye said those who oppose the standards - which teach evolution, but not creationism - do so out of fear and a reluctance to embrace material that conflicts with deep-rooted religious beliefs.
During his two-hour lecture, Nye said he believes coal is no longer a viable means of energy, but he supports responsible fracking.