Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade. In this book, he expands the points he has made, and claims that this debate is not so much about religion versus science, as about the nature of science itself.
With infectious enthusiasm, he reveals the mechanics of evolutionary theory, explains how it is rooted in the testable and verifiable scientific method, and why it is therefore a sound explanation of our beginning. He argues passionately that to continue to assert otherwise, to continue to insist that creationism has a place in the science classroom is harmful not only to our children, but to the future of the greater world as well.
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I very much enjoy good, humorous science fiction novels.
I grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy. It was the best thing when my science teacher would pull the large CRT TV in front of the classroom and put in a Bill Nye VHS. I silently cheered "Bill! Bill! Bill!" along with the theme song of the show. It was great. That being said, I am not sure what I expected from this book, but, it's Bill Nye! So I spent my Audible credit on it. I do have to say, the beginning of this book was a slow start and seemed like it wasn't addressed to the audience but to a very specific crowd of Christians who thoroughly and unquestionably believe the Earth is only 6000 years old (is this crowd of people going to read a book about evolution?). As I am not a part of that crowd, I was beginning to think that there will be nothing for me on this book. I was wrong. There was. My science fiction and science fact spirit is happy. Bill talks about evolution, skin color, reproduction traits, astro biology, and space travel. I'm giving this book four stars instead of five because of the beginning of the book.
I didn't read the print version, so I can't really make a comparison.
Nye lays out overwhelming evidence from all aspects of science, not just biology. Learning, for instance, that the reason we are able to create vaccines by studying how they interact with other species has to do with the similarity of our DNA and because we have a distant ancestor was fascinating and mind blowing.
Bill Nye's reading of his own book is great. Nye has a natural confidence that comes through in his voice over, and you can hear his passion for the material in his voice. He takes an academic tone, like sitting in a classroom while he outlines the case for evolution, but it never comes across as boring or preachy.
An Intelligently Designed Film About Evolution
I love the adventure. I love the science. I love the fiction. I love to read, or listen, as the case may be.
I may listen to it again. Bill Nye has a good reading voice and there is actual information in this book.
All the ways science shows that evolution is true. Well thought out, with back - and forward references.
I have not listened to Bill Nye's other performances. I have listened to him on Star Talk Radio.
The anecdotes are great.
I really liked this book. It is more-or-less aimed at creationists, but I think it will end up to be more preaching to the choir. In general creationists have their minds made up. No evidence will convince them. Personally, if it were possible I would deny them all the gadgets and technologies that rely on the science they so heartily deny. 6000 year old earth? Okay, hand in your cellphones, your polyester clothing, your car, your fiberglass windowframes and your big screen tv. Why? Because they cannot exist with a 6000 year old earth.
Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.
The presentation. Bill Nye has always been able to present the facts of our physical universe in a fun and easy to enjoy manner.
Not sure. I don't tend to read the "science vs. ideology" genre much. Books of this ilk (on both sides) tend to preach to the choir so to speak, so no matter what side you fall on we all tend to read what we agree with. It's dumb that we do this, but that's human nature for you. If we didn't there would be no debate, because the curious human mind is unraveling this universe day by day, and unfortunately that scares some people.
Sometimes it's cool to hear the author present their own material, and I enjoyed Nye reading his own stuff.
Not really. The universe is what it is, and I don't need to be told what the facts about it are. It leaves all its own clues for us to find, and that's basically what Nye was getting at: Don't ignore the truth just because you want to disagree with it.
Worth the credit. I doubt it'll convert any of the already religiously indoctrinated (my christian family usually doesn't want to hear the truth from me), but hopefully it'll land in the hands of a few children who otherwise have been robbed of the opportunity to make a fully informed decision for themselves, rather than continue to be forced march in the footsteps of their frightened and ignorant parents.
The passion for which Bill Nye communicates science.
Anything by Richard Dawkings, eg the Selfish Gene.
Humor, Passion and interest in the topic.
His passion inspires my science studies, he is an amazing role model and this book transports you into his world.
I've been a Bill Nye fan since childhood, though not as avid a follower had it not been for my religious upbringing. Since breaking away from that I have had my childhood enthusiasm and hunger for more science fully restored. I found this book compelling and very exciting.
It's easy to follow, friendly, funny and is less critical of religion than it deserves. I Think that makes it a great book for a gift to a religious friend or family member who may or may not have questions that the bible doesn't answer. If Bill Nye's debate points made you curious or excited, GET THIS BOOK! it's not all about the debate, but it does expand on several of his points as well as much much more.
I haven't, but I can't imagine there being another person alive who would not have fallen flat on their face trying to present it as Mr. Nye's words without losing his enthusiasm and nerdy humor.
Every chapter was exciting and I was disappointed that it wasn't longer. I did like the evolutionary explanation of human "races" and skin color.
I'd recommend it even if you have the physical copy.
...I'm about to start it again!
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
If you're into this subject at all then this is the book for you. If you liked Bill Nye's television show when you were a kid then this book is for you. If you're fascinated with all things science then this book is for you.
This is a five star book. Of that there is no doubt. However, I do have a criticism about it, and that is that Bill does not give a fare representation of the creationist model. Wait! Wait! Wait! I have never read a book by an evolution scientist that does. Wait again! Wait again! I have never read a book by a creationist that gave a fare representation of the science of evolution.
I have read many books, heard many lectures and watched many debates on this subject. This might be the best out there. I never got bored listening to it. Thank you, Mr. Nye.
It's time to be an adult and face facts. This is explained in easy to understand language that even Ken Ham can understand. Great work Bill!
Very informative. There was so much information to absorb. This is worth listening to multiple times!
All of it was quite interesting.
There is definitely something to be said for the author to read his own work! Sometimes in audiobooks the narrators emphasize at wierd times, and it seems maybe the narrator isn't listening to the words he's saying. In this case though, the words flow naturally. A good narrator is a big part of what keeps me listening!
To be fair here, a lot of my opinions coincide with the author, so I don't know how pesuasive this would be to someone looking to expand their understanding (if they come from a creationist-heavy background). But to me, I feel just a tad smarter having listened to this.
I learn more when I listen to audiobooks and I can chew through a lot more books this way! Audiobooks are also a lot easier with a TBI
Yes, to have a rational collection of scientific ideas is such a breath of fresh air. There are so many irrational, unfounded, and biased views out there so having a rational, well researched, and honest collection of scientific ideas is essential to my sanity and to my outlook.
Yes, I chewed through it very quickly- the hard part was waiting for the November 4th release date to come
"My kind of booked"
Educational, witty, inspiring.
Facts not fiction.
Great book. Bill Nye is a wealth of knowledge. If only we had these kind of people running the show, the world would be a far better place!
"Very complete look at evolution"
Yes, I would need to listen to it several times, there is so much to it
I think it would benefit from another narrator, its a bit smug
"Unmistakable enthusiasm and knowledge"
Nye's approach to arguing in favour of the science-based, fact-led approach to understanding our existence is commendable.
He clearly juxtaposes the most prominent arguments deployed by both sides and, it must be admitted, with a degree of frustration and incredulity, dismisses much of what Creationists have to offer to the debate.
He ably deals with the misrepresentation of science, most prominently the Second Law of Thermodynamics, by those who see God's will in all acts, and relates, with some humour, various stories from his own experience of dealing with such people in real life.
He plants his flag firmly in the punctuated equilibrium side of the Stephen J. Gould et al/Richard Dawkins et al argument, proposing that Gould's work makes most sense to him given the evidence to hand.
This is probably one of the best quick studies of the this contentious debate available on Audible.
"Narrated very well"
I love that you can sense Bill's enthusiasm not only in his writing but in his narration, you can tell he really feels what he is saying.
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything.
Michael Faraday because Nye makes him sound cool as f***
It made me laugh from beginning to end
Another great, in depth and outstandingly well written and well read book. Both educational and a pleasure to read.
"Brilliant in every way"
There is a reason Bill Nye is the prominent figure in mainstream science that he is. He is extremely witty, humble and intellectual.
This is NOT the book (/audio book) to convince a disbeliever in evolution of its validity. It is less concerned with arguing contradictory claims, and more concerned with highlighting simple beauties that may not have been considered by an evolution lover/thinker/scientist. A delightful and thought provoking listen.
The science guy does it again
"A very enlightening read"
I found my self glued to every moment of this. Very much an educational works
excellent the narrator is fantastic for any age group. Every Child should be encouraged to read this book. A great detailed account of the magic of the natural world we live in.. and more.
Yes, I haven't read the print version but Bill Nye actually narrating really helps you get into the book and adds humour in some places.
Bill Nye because Bill Nye is Bill Nye.
Definitely worth a listen if your a fan of Bill Nye or if you want to understand evolution in simple, easy to understand chunks.
"I couldn't put it down."
Brilliant, informative, fun and I learned a few things too! I listened to it at work from start to finish, I've only done that with a handful of books.
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