Bill Nye and the “No True Scotsman” Fallacy

It is evident that Bill Nye committed a significant logical error in the recent debate with Ken Ham at the Creation Museum.  The problem with a logical fallacy is that it can sound right to people, even though an argument hasn’t really been made yet.   This article explains the fallacy that Bill Nye committed every time he would contrast “us in the scientific community” with “Ken Ham’s creation model”.  This article does a great job of addressing what the “no true Scotsman” fallacy is, how Bill Nye committed it and how he was merely insulating himself against responding to the issue.  Instead of answering with a discussion about why Ken Ham’s creation model wasn’t scientific, he merely implied that real scientists don’t use it.  In a very real sense, Bill Nye didn’t actually debate the issue.

You can read more about Bill Nye’s use of the “No True Scotsman Fallacy” here.

Here’s a great quote from it:

…early creation scientists forged the paths of each of today’s major scientific branches of inquiry, like Isaac Newton’s physics,4 Matthew Maury’s oceanography, Louis Pasteur’s immunology,5 Michael Faraday’s electromagnetism,6 and George Carver’s agriculture.7,8 Are we to believe that Newton and Pasteur were not real scientists?

Apparently, facts like these do not matter to someone who is so fully committed to the false idea that real scientists only believe in evolution that he is more than willing to adjust the very definition of scientist to preserve his argument.


Monkeying with the Truth

I’ve been finishing my next devotion book… Stay tuned.

I want to address one of Bill Nye’s supposed pieces of evidence about evolution he offered in the recent debate between he and Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis.  He showed a slide with a bunch of skulls on it and suggested that it was some kind of proof for evolution.  In this video, Dr. David Menton, who is actually an expert in these things.  Explains the real issue and does so in a very enjoyable way.

I’m sure the video is easily worth the money (I have his whole “Body of Evidence” set) but the trailer is educational in itself.  Check out: 3 Ways to Make an Ape Man.  By the way, Answers in Genesis has linked the video to articles explaining away other things that Bill said as well.

Science Opposes Evolution

Science is the study of physical things that can be repeatedly observed, and by doing experiments, it has been observed that order is a fundamental element of physical systems.  In living systems, this order takes the form of programming, which we recognize as a very complicated form of linguistic information.  This doesn’t fit well with the ideas of evolution because evolution usually tries to explain change as a random process that happens when energy is applied to matter.  I believe, that at least one reason we don’t consider this to be a problem, is because we were only exposed to part of the truth about the fundamental elements of universe in school.

In an effort to stay within the bounds of naturalism, public schools teach two things that don’t work together.  We see this in the difference between what was taught in health class and what was taught in science class.

In health class, we are warned about germs and ways to protect ourselves from doing things like eating canned goods that have had the seal broken.  We are told that as long as the seal of a canned item is unbroken, an unwanted organism cannot get through and contaminate it.

Now when we go to science class, we are told something else, but it isn’t obvious at first.  Evolutionary science teaches something that could be simplified into a formula like this:

Matter + Energy = Life!

One thing that was shown to me is that we are capable of doing this experiment ourselves, but I suggest that we go back to health class to do it!  Let’s take a sealed can of beans and put it in a shaking machine.  Let’s also heat it up to just above room temperature.  Let’s leave it there all day.  Then let’s open it up at the end of the day and see what kinds of new life has formed.

Note that we had this formula:

Beans + (Shaking and Heat) = ?

To our dismay, when we open the can we find no new life.  There is no mold or anything.  We added a significant amount of heat and shaking.  The amount of pounds of pressure that was sent through the can could probably have built a house.  What we are experiencing is a way in which the formula we are taught in science class doesn’t appear to work.  We still eat cans of beans that haven’t been opened yet, even though the temperature has changed, it has been shaken and light has been showing on it.  We could have even been exposed to an magnet.  Did you realize that this experiment is performed over and over every day all over the world?  There are literally millions of cans being stored every year. The government is so concerned with the reality of this that they make laws to ensure that business abide by health class rules and not science class rules.

Here’s the formula being carefully controlled by health organizations:

Matter + Energy + Information = Life!

I would argue that there are actually three fundamentals of nature and one of them isn’t physical.  Information is from outside nature.  It’s “super” natural, and we don’t observe nature without it.  Once the right kind of information is introduced into a can of beans, we quickly discover new life forms.  If information is kept from being introduced into the experiment, only the existing life forms are left, but only until they break down (but that’s another topic).

The Bible has been telling us the truth the whole time.  Even when we didn’t understand the nature of germs or DNA yet.  Unlike a science book, it didn’t have to change to protect its philosophy.


Evolution is Ancient

One of the incorrect assumptions people have about evolution is that it is a modern idea. Like almost everything about evolution, this is also not true.

I was informed that in some of the old pantheon’s, the gods themselves came from a sort of primordial soup.  Darwin’s ideas were just an intellectual rehash of ancient religious philosophy.  When you dig deep enough, you discover that all ideas about origins are beliefs.  In fact, everything that we think ends up being faith.  Just as yourself “why” enough times about anything.  Even those who claim to believe in naturalism have to ask “why” they believe in naturalism.

You are not a fool to believe in something that cannot be scientifically proven.  Most scientists believe in love.  They also believe in hope, even if it is only for their next paycheck.  The fool is the one who believes he isn’t believing.

I wanted to let you know that I plan to drop the price on my Kindle book “183 Days in John” for the next week, starting tomorrow.

Finding Answers in John – Part One

I’m working on a new project. I answer a lot of questions in my commentaries, so I decided to make an index of questions that are answered in 183 Days in John.

Here’s what I have so far.  I am interested to know if it helps.

Did Jesus exist before He was born?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title
  • Day 2: Re-statement

Did Jesus create the world?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title
  • Day 2: Re-statement
  • Day 3: Jesus The Creator

Does the Bible fit with evolution?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title
  • Day 2: Re-statement
  • Day 3: Jesus The Creator

Is Jesus God?

  • Day 1: An Unusual Title

What is meant by “The Word” in John 1?

  • Day 2: Re-statement

Is the world basically good?

  • Day 5: Light and Darkness

What was the first Christmas really like?

  • Day 5: Light and Darkness
  • Day 7: Unrecognized

Was John talking about Himself in John 1:6?

  • Day 6: The Witness

Is the church building also a temple?

  • Day 7: Unrecognized

Is Jesus the only way to God?

  • Day 9: The Children of God

I have always had a lot of questions about the Bible myself and my commentary reflects many of the questions that I have had.  I hope it helps you.  If you have any of these questions, I encourage you to get 183 Days in John.  This is just the first post of questions.  I hope to provide more.

My New Book: 220 Days in Luke

This was a big one!  It’s over 400 pages printed. Fortunately, as an eBook, we don’t really need to print it.  To get my new book visit:

As a software engineer, I really like Luke’s writing.  He is meticulously detailed and for a person like me who asks a lot of “Why’s” it’s helpful to have a doctor like Luke to explain it.  It is remarkable that we have a 2,000 year old document like this at all.  Of course, it’s not a surprise since God made sure that the Bible would last.  Some people try to claim that because Bible is so old, it can’t really be trusted.  They argue that it has been changed too many times, but I have discovered that this is simply not true.  In reality, with just the New Testament part of the Bible, we find that it is the most well documented book of its time.  According to The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell (p.38), the New Testament has far more manuscript copies than any other book its age.  That means we can check the copies and see what has changed.  To put it in perspective, the famous book The Iliad is known to have 643 hand-written copies left today.  These are copies that were made before printing.  The New Testament on the other hand, has 5,366 copies.  That’s enough for us to use to determine what errors might have been introduced over the years.  Not many differences have been found.

There have been those who have attempted to make changes to it though.  These have been discovered and exposed, too.  There are also problems in translation between the original language (Greek) and the one that I use (English), but there are loads of commentaries about those as well; enough for me to get a good idea about what the truth is.  Nothing that I have researched changes the basic facts either.  We sinned, we needed a savior, God became a man and saved us.

That’s what Luke documents for us and it’s awesome.

I hope that I have actually helped connect it to our lives today.  If not, ignore me and just read Luke.  God’s words are never wrong and they will always be successful at accomplishing what God wants.

eBooks are Cool

I didn’t think electronic books were that neat until I had a Kindle.  The problem I used to have with ebooks is that they were only on a computer.  Computer screens used to be a lot more expensive and you couldn’t hold them like a book, at least not when I first considered ebooks.  Things are totally different now.  You don’t even need to buy a Kindle to read Kindle books on a computer, and computers today you do hold in your hand.  There are Kindle apps for the various tablet computers and for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.  On top of that you can still read Kindle books on your Mac or Windows computer.   That brings up one of the coolest features.

Because you can install a Kindle app almost everywhere, you can actually have your library almost everywhere!  Can you imagine trying to take 20 books with you everywhere you go?  Kindle makes 200 or even 2000 books easy to take with you almost anywhere you go.  I still think that Amazon has the best device for me, though.

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a battery that lasts weeks on end.  Not only that, the screen it uses is “front lit” not back lit.  It feels much more like reading a book in black and white, than reading a cell phone screen, for instance.  It’s also a bigger reading area than a cell phone; more like the reading area of a paperback book.  Another neat thing is how easy it is to get new books.

The bookstore is built into your free Kindle app.  Anywhere you are with your computer and a connection to the Internet, you can buy a new book.  That means you can buy a book and start reading when you are waiting for something.  From waiting in line at a government agency, to waiting for your next flight, you can redeem your time by “going” to the bookstore and buying a new book.

Another major thing I like about the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the free data plan.  Yes, I said free.  The Kindle Paperwhite only needs “3G” data because it is primarily a book reading device.  3G data is, evidently, cheap enough now that they can actually sell it to you for the cost of your Kindle and the books you buy naturally.  You get to connect to the Kindle store and to your Kindle library, anywhere that you have a connection to the 3G cellular system and for no monthly fee!  That makes the Kindle Paperwhite one of the most valuable electronic devices to me.  I read for hours and I don’t mind having a device that I use for that purpose alone.

I could go on, and I might do that more in some other post.  I think you get the idea.  I think ebooks are cool.

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