The Science Guy is going toe to toe with the Creationism Guy.
Tonight at 5 p.m. Mountain Time, outspoken science advocate and science television program host Bill Nye will publicly debate Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky. There, they'll hash over evolutionary theory, biblical evidence and the roles of science and religion in public and private life.
Nye, famous for his public television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, fired the first shot in August 2012, when Big Think's YouTube channel aired this segment, titled "Bill Nye: Creationism is Not Appropriate for Children," which argued that creation science poorly prepares young people for the 21st century, and that an evolutionary science-based approach to biology is a necessary part of rearing a new generation of learners, creators and taxpayers.
Ham's response, which was also uploaded to YouTube, forwarded the argument that more than a scientist, Nye is a humanist with "an agenda to teach children not to believe in God," and that by excluding creation science from the classroom, students aren't given access to alternative viewpoints that challenge evolutionary science.
Do you know what a phenakistoscope is? If yes, you're rolling your eyes at the question. If not, here is your chance to find out.
The Boise Public Library branches are not strangers to unique and interesting activities, and with this one, there's more than meets the eye. At The Science of Seeing, kids ages 6-12 can check out various optical illusions, as well as look through the aforementioned device to see mind-bending displays of light and color.
4 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Image courtesy Discovery Center of Idaho.
Birthdays, in theory, should be fun. They are full of warm wishes and often cards, gifts and cake. But sometimes, birthdays aren't fun. Like when your "friend" in fifth grade didn't inform you about the party while everyone else in class had a candy-adorned invitation waiting on their desk. Dry your tears.
The Discovery Center of Idaho is celebrating its 25th birthday Friday, and you're invited—assuming you can fork over the price of admission. That shouldn't be difficult considering the entry fee will be the same as it was in December of 1988: three dollars. That gets you liquid nitrogen ice cream, cupcakes and the opportunity to view the Classics exhibit, the Discovery Center equivalent of a greatest hits album.
Jan. 3, noon. $3. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 W. Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, dcidaho.org.