Science guy Bill Nye and Ken Ham face off

2014-02-07 12:03
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Cape Town - Renowned science expert Bill Nye recently had a lengthy debate with creationist Ken Ham on evolution and the origin of man.

The debate, held in Kentucky at the Creation Museum on Tuesday highlighted the continued political nature of science in the US, where some commentators have disregarded established science such as evolution and climate change.

There were several questions which Nye couldn't answer, but argued that the nature of science was one of doubt and investigation of the evidence.

Ham earned laughs by referring Nye to "a book out there that tells you where matter comes from", as a thinly veiled reference to the Bible.

Ham, who believes that the Earth is 6 000 years old, says there was a world-wide flood and that Noah transported all the animals on a ship that God instructed him to build.

Nye countered that there are pine trees that are about 6 000 years old in California.

The debate on evolution has sparked debate on both sides of American politics as some have staked out positions that scientific theories are "just theory", implying that it is still open to doubt.

In his video The Enemies Of Reason, Professor Richard Dawkins says that science relies on evidence.

"Science frees us from superstition and dogma and enables us to base our knowledge on evidence," says Dawkins in the video.

Check out this YouTube video of the debate highlights:

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