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When Bill Nye, the Science Guy, got booed in Texas for saying the moon reflects light from the sun

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A Facebook friend of mine has dug up THIS WONDERFUL STORY from four  years ago:

Bill Nye [above], the harmless children’s edu-tainer known as “The Science Guy,” managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

But don’t tell that to the good people of Waco, who were “visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence,” according to the Waco Tribune.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College’s Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: “God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled “We believe in God!” and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they’d always suspected.

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  1. expdoc

    “Several people in the audience” that act crazy make an entire town of more than 100,000 people crazy? Or maybe you meant to imply that Texans were crazy?

    had gained the impression that you were a bit sharper than that Mr. C..

    You must be losing it.

  2. Steverino

    Good thing he didn’t mention there was no man in the moon that would have really crushed them.

  3. jiminak

    Green cheese?

    And, expdoc, lighten up. He was making a joke. Ya wanna hear Texas jokes, go to Austin and sit through Esther’s Follies. Ain’t a one of us that can’t be made fun of for one thing or another.

  4. expdoc

    Jiminak,

    This entire blog is nothing but lightening up.

    No one can take Pat seriously and he takes great pleasure in the back and forth of a ridiculous post and a ridiculous response.

    I view it as part of my charitable role in life to humor the old guy.

  5. Brian Opsahl

    Funny Doc but the ridiculous back and forth is you and nef,wilson and most of the other wingnuts that can’t take it that GW Bush was a terrible lousey President and how things have gotten better since Bush almost crashed the car over a cliff.

    When the rich take so much wealth for themselves and leave dirt in their tracks for rest of us that will cause the masses to look for a change. History shows us that empires are toppeled when little is givin to those at the bottom.

  6. expdoc

    Little is given to those at the bottom? Yet people are dying to try and illegally enter this country on for the mere hope of a better future.

    Yep, we suck.

  7. IRS Low Level Employee

    “unny Doc but the ridiculous back and forth is you and nef,wilson and most of the other wingnuts that can’t take it that GW Bush was a terrible lousey President and how things have gotten better since Bush almost crashed the car over a cliff.

    When the rich take so much wealth for themselves and leave dirt in their tracks for rest of us that will cause the masses to look for a change. History shows us that empires are toppeled when little is givin to those at the bottom.”

    There are 50 million people on food stamps today. As Tony the Tiger would say, things are gggrrrrrreat under Obama

  8. Things are a lot gggrrrrreater than they would be if Obama had lost, taxboy.

    Bin Ladin dead? Gggrrrreat.

    Stock market setting new records, and up ~100% since Obama took office? Ggggrrrreat.

    Banking system re-regulated? Ggggrrreat.

    Auto industry revitalized? Ggggrrreat.

    Heritage Foundation health reform plan enacted, and blessed by SCOTUS? Ggggrrreat.

    The LEAST needy taxed at a fairer level? Ggggrrrreat.

    Deficit coming down much faster than expected? Gggrrreat.

    BTW, where are the parades for this deficit victory?

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/where-are-the-deficit-celebrations

  9. labman57

    Come on now. Everyone knows that the moon is made of cheese, and its light is generated by bioluminescent bacteria living just beneath its surface.

    On a more serious note — sanctimonious, scientifically-illiterate, theocracy-minded politicians and pundits such as Palin, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann, and numerous socially-regressive state legislators have redefined what constitutes science to fit their own point of view. Therefore, they equate real science with natural phenomena under the control of God.

    What they don’t understand is that science is not merely a body of knowledge accumulated over the centuries, it is also the process through which this knowledge is attained. And so simply declaring that something is true because it says so in the Bible (or any other literary source) cannot be construed as science if that “fact” or “idea” was not the result of a valid, structured, self-critical scientific process.

    “God works in mysterious ways” is a religious rationalization for what these folks really mean: “I have no freaking clue how natural phenomena happen, nor how the process of scientific observation, experimentation, analysis, deduction, and discovery further our understanding of the universe”.

    The allegories and parables presented in the Bible are akin to a docudrama — a fictional account of early human history inspired by and loosely based on actual events. These scriptures were designed, in part, to provide answers for people who asked questions about matters which they could not yet comprehend and to provide guidelines for expected moral behavior as determined by the religious order of the time.

  10. Craig Knauss

    Thanks, labman.

    One of my favorite fables is the Tower of Babel. A bunch of hicks were going to build a tower of sticks and mud to reach heaven. Yeah, right. The tallest current manmade structure is 2700 ft. and took years of design, engineering, and construction. And how high can people perform physical labor without oxygen bottles? 15,000 feet perhaps? If God was threatened by this, why does he let commercial planes fly up to 40,000 feet altitude? Nobody on my plane started speaking in tongues (that they didn’t have before the flight). Wouldn’t it have been easier for those people to just climb the nearest mountain? It would have required a lot less work.

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