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August 28, 2012 at 7:26 AM

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Thank you, Bill Nye, for slamming creationism

Thank you to Bill Nye, for slamming creationism.

Nye, a scientist who hosts television shows on PBS, The Science Channel, and Planet Green, spoke in a video posted Thursday by Big Think, a website that features scientists, academics and other experts.

"If you 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," Nye said in the video. "Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems."

Nye got his start on television in Seattle at the comedy show "Almost Live" and KING5. He has also written several children's books about science.

His video is refreshing gush of fact-based discourse. It's a welcome contrast to Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin, who believed that in cases of "legitimate rape," a woman's uterus can assume battle stations and block pregnancies.

There are not two sides to the story of how we came to be. Parents who deny their children the knowledge of evolution would be castigated if they denied their children the benefits of vaccines, antibiotics and pasteurized milk. Those are also products of scientific research.

Here is the video, which has been viewed 1.7 million times since it was posted Thursday.

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