Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Bill Nye, 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.

This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment.

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Comment by Akshay Bist on May 19, 2011 at 11:27pm

by this statement does he concur then that the greater light IS a light? because if we really want to be strict about this then he would be wrong because the sun is in itself NOT a light.

Using that line of reasoning, there isn't a single object in this world that can be called a light - except for a photon.

it just GIVES OFF light (self-generated) much as the moon also gives off light ( a reflected one).

Exactly, the sun gives off light generated by the fusion going on in it. The moon does not give off light, it reflects it, there is a difference. Calling an object a light is akin to calling it a light source.

You're just twisting semantics to your advantage.

the bible does not talk of the light sources, it talks about the light itself and it's intensity: greater by day, lesser by night.

Yeah, its a very vague book isn't it? Too vague to be the word of god IMO. Shouldn't the word of god be concise?

Comment by William C. Walker on May 20, 2011 at 5:16pm
The Wholly Babble is simply a sloppy compilation of folklore, mythology, hearsay & fairy tales thrown together early in the fourth century CE. Emperor Constantine really screwed up when he convened that council. He dumped a boondoggle on the Western world which only now is beginning to unravel.
Comment by Akshay Bist on May 20, 2011 at 5:34pm
Lol @ Wholly Babble
Comment by lloydleroimiller on May 25, 2011 at 2:50pm
"We believe in GOD!"  Goddamn hillbillies make all us bumpkins look bad.
Comment by Carol Foley on May 25, 2011 at 3:12pm
This makes me embarrassed to live in Texas... and in Waco none the less, haven't they had their fill of"god" yet?
Comment by William C. Walker on May 26, 2011 at 9:55am
lloydleroimiller, are you SURE you believe in the right one ? It could be Thor, Mithra or Zeus just as easily as any of the other man-made gods.
Comment by Don on May 26, 2011 at 10:06am
Makes no difference which god you believe in, as long as you really, really BE-LEEEVE.
Comment by Ken Hughes on May 26, 2011 at 10:40am

"Belief" in any supernatural deity arises from a mental virus that is spread by carriers of religion. As with any virus threatening human life, and untold millions have been killed as a result of the "belief" virus, needs to be aggressively combated by those of us who do not carry the virus or by those who have been successfully cured of the virus.  Notice I didn't use the "healed" word as it has been misappropriated and misapplied toooo many times by those with infected minds.


How many thousands of years must pass before humanity collectively realizes that there's no one "returning" to "save" them from whatever it is he is supposedly saving them?  Clearly 2000+ was not enough, and before that there was Osiris/Isis in Ancient Egypt who offered the same to believers in that time; sadly, I'll never have the pleasure of seeing the "Savior" idea evaporate.

Comment by DustyWhite on May 29, 2011 at 2:32am
Joo haz cheeze?
Comment by Edward Cunning on May 30, 2011 at 2:13pm
If only people werent so blind, they could find out so much about the universe. The earth and moon orbit perfectly so the moon is completely covered by earth in a lunar eclipse, this helps to understand how light works because it shows the light interference pattern on the moon, the umbra and penumbra. Nature is beautiful, the Bible tries to ruin it.


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