A: Most people cannot bear to see the sufferings of others. Sages 8:1
Q: What qualities preserved in his heart did the master say distinguished a superior man from others?
A: Benevolence and a sense of right. Sages 13:1
Q: Who is the only true master?
A: Oneself. Sages 17:11
I watched most of the Nye-Ham evolution debate. I got kicked off several times towards the end, as #creationdebate was trending on Twitter and driving people to the Web site. The debate was well produced as both sides presented their case. My guess would be that many people tuned in to sincerely support the Creationist's position, and many tuned in just to watch Ham's Flintstone-esque spectacle. For the sake of exposure, one could easily argue it was a success.
The tell-tale force and evidential sustenance for Creationism boiled down to this one question: What would change your mind about your position?
Ham will hold his belief no matter what the evidence shows. You know the proverbial bullshit is getting deep when televangelist Pat Robertson asks Ham "not to make a joke of ourselves," referring to Christians in general. (Robertson is the preacher who said gays cause tornados and the 2012 Haitian earthquake was cause by the devil.)
Although many atheists, scientists, and Christians were very critical of giving oxygen to Creationist nonsense, I would beg to differ. I think some good can come from exposing bad theology masquerading as science. We need to publicize baseless assertions emanating from that cryptic corner of Kentucky, which closely resembles Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a dinosaur. These laughable ideas are what is being taught under the guise of "home schooling" and in public schools right here in Tennessee.
Here's a photo from a display of Ken Ham's "museum" of a child playing around a dinosaur.
Exposure isn't always a good thing--just ask Ted Haggard, Chris Christie or Shia LaBeouf. That old worn chestnut that there's no such thing as bad publicity rings hollow.
I think bad ideas should be dragged kicking and screaming out of Plato's cave and into the light. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) had similar sentiments when he quipped, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."
Here's a video from the BBC where they ask: "Is it time for all religions to accept evolution?"
Late update: Dawkins' latest tweet supports my case.
I was against Bill Nye's decision to debate. I now realise Ken Ham is wonderfully embarrassing for Xtians & should be given max exposure.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) February 6, 2014