CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) – Actor Bill Nye – known to many as “the Science Guy” – has made waves by appearing in a video decrying the practice of teaching children creationism in favor of evolution.
The video, posted by Big Think on YouTube on Aug. 23, has already garnered over 1.6 million views as of Aug. 28.
“Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology,” the video description reads. “According to Bill Nye … if grownups want to ‘deny evolution and live 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 that having a “scientifically literate” voting and tax-paying populace will prove integral in the continuation of American development and engineering.
“Denial of evolution is unique to the United States,” Nye also notes at the beginning of his two-and-a-half-minute statement.
According to a recent Gallup poll, a reported 46 percent of Americans view creationism as the truth regarding human origins.
Nye goes on to term evolution the “fundamental idea in all of life science,” and said that reinforcing the tenants of creationism in schools is on par with “trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates.”
“You’re just not going to get the right answer,” he added. “Your whole world is just going to be a mystery, instead of an exciting place.”
Nye told CBS News Tuesday that he wasn’t attacking religion in the video.
“You can believe what you want religiously. Religion is one thing, but science, provable science is something else,” he said. “My concern is you don’t want people growing up not believing in radioactivity, not believing in geology and deep time. You don’t want people in the United States growing up without the expectation that we can land spacecraft on Mars.”
He added that his intent is not to deride religion, but rather, to extol the virtues of science.
“[Science is] for the betterment of the United States, the United States economy and our future,” he explained. “What makes the United States great, the reason people wanted to live in the United States, move here still, is because of our ability to innovate.”
Nye, 56, is known best for his work hosting the joint Disney/PBS offering “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” a program geared toward educating children about science in the 1990s.