Bill Nye comments on his upcoming debate with Ken Ham:
Let’s see, what’s in Nye’s favor here:
He’s got the science on his side. He really is arguing from the only rational position.
Ken Ham is a palooka with no reputation as a debater himself.
Then there is the stuff that makes me worry:
Nye has no clue what he’s in for. Absolutely no clue. I hope he prepares by watching lots of creationist debates, or he’s in for a surprise.
Maybe it was an off night, but he didn’t respond well when confronted with Greg Laden’s objections. He needs to be ready with fast, succinct replies to a hell of a lot of different tactics…or he needs to be much quicker on his feet.
If his only approach is to talk about the economic advantages of good science, Ham is going to be prepared. I don’t think the people he’s trying to persuade are going to care much about those wicked jobs, anyway — they know you can get filthy rich making duck calls.
If I were making odds on this matchup, I’d say Nye’s chances just slipped a bit with that performance. My own personal bet would be that this is going to be an event in which both sides spend most of their time talking past each other, and that they’ll both flop hard except with their most fervent proponents.
I hope Eugenie Scott and Nye are having conversations right now. Serious conversations.
Aron Ra understands the nature of the show; maybe Nye should have conversations with him, too.