As an aside, Nye’s book on the subject also pales in comparison to the works of an actual scientist: Over the years I’ve read all but the last two of Dawkins’ books listed above.I’m presently in the middle of reading Appetite for Wonder.Today, thanks to the likes of Rosalind Franklin who managed to take X-ray diffraction images (worth a thousand words) of a DNA molecule that very likely gave the hint to Watson and Crick that helped them unravel the double helix structure of the molecule, we now know what that mechanism is. Bill recently wrote a book about evolution called Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of which made it to the New York Times best seller list …which pales in comparison to the seven books co-written by Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the Left Behind series of books that tell …“the story of the end times (set in the contemporary era), in which true believers in Christ have been “raptured“, (taken instantly to heaven) leaving the world shattered and chaotic,” that also reached the bestseller list (three of which made it to the number one spot).The evolutionary process, it turns out, is raw mathematics. Although the science behind evolution is undeniable, Bill is unlikely to ever get a creationist to cede the argument in large part because they are socially invested in their belief. They are members of the creationist monkey troop and ceding that argument will get them excommunicated.
I usually feel like a kid in a candy store and walk out with an armload, but not this time. I noticed that roughly a quarter of the books were written by entertainment celebrities, which makes sense from a publisher’s perspective because they have a good chance of being profitable.Today, what we call celebrity worship is probably a distortion of a basic behavior rooted in our genes that at one time somehow helped move copies of genes into the future.The behavior may have facilitated the status hierarchy inside hunter gatherer hominid troops …or not.” As an aside, Sunniva is also trained in classical ballet.Not to be outdone, here’s a You Tube video of Bill Nye doing a series of back flips on the reality show Dancing with the Stars …classic Nye humor.It’s close cousin, engineering, might be defined as the application of math and science to create technology.