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.
This is an extremely old story, it goes back to 2009 if I believe. It's still ridiculous that anyone in 2009 could be upset at the ideas of basic science but then some fringe elements here in America are backwards in that way.
I would think that the one thing a writers' site would commend would be literacy. I would think that scientists and thinkers of all types would be very close behind the writers in lauding literacy.
As for the linked article, my suspicion is that there was a different issue at hand that caused the walk-out, but I would need to find an unbiased source to confirm or deny that suspicion. Good luck in finding such a thing in 2012.
No red face necessary. It's typing, which can be a challenge when it comes to attempts at humor. (By the way, I should figure out how to do a red face one of these days. I could find that comes in handy lots of time on here.
To paraphrase Dean Martin and with apologies to anyone actually from Waco who knows the moon actually does reflect light from the sun.
In Waco, T where science ain't king When boy meets girl here's what they say
When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie You're a MORON When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine You're a MORON Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling And you'll sing "Vita bella" Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay Like a gay tarantella
[Oh no -- I can't imagine "gay" anything going over with this radicalWaco crowd.Better change that to God fearin' or gun-totin' or something]
When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool You're a MORON When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet You're in love When you walk down in a dream but you know you're not Dreaming signore Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Waco,T You're a MORON
In the interview with Bill Nye that I read, the interviewer (filling in for Keith Olberman) mentioned Paris, not Waco - so maybe you're safe, depending on which direction from Waco and how far you are. - But I didn't follow the trail far enough to know which town was correct.
Also, Bill Nye's version of the situation didn't sound quite as sensational as the internet stories of that brief event that happened six years ago.
I guess the pertinent questions are: (1) if the sensationalized story is repeated thousands of times on the internet, does that give it greater weight than the brief description made by the scientist in question? (2) why would anyone allow themselves to get in a tizzy over something that 1-2 people did that long ago, when there are so many actual problems in the world today?
No worries, the story doesn't appear to be true. At least not the way it's being reported. There was no booing, and out of a crowd of 600, a few people walked out. I don't think Texas is the only place you'll find a handful of religious fundamentalists among a crowd of 600 people. I live in Massachusetts, and we've got lots of 'em.
From Arizona to West Virginia and all points south, there's a church on almost every city and neighborhood block. If you don't believe me, drive south and you'll see a dramatic increase in churches and religious propaganda.
Funny thing is that China is crawling with fundamentalist fools secretly trying to spread their stupidity to naive people and making up horror stories of repression and suppression - yet the churches that are prominent and have no restrictions to anyone worshipping inside them - are empty.
An open mind is, most often, the one to be rejected. You can't agree with one and deny the other, but you can't readily accept both. The atheist would say it is irrational and illogical, to accept both. The christian would say you were wrong and damn you to hell, for them, you have to be in full agreement with the doctrine. When they found the well had dried in Europe and an uneasy public revolted against certain forms of christianity, they came to the America's. If theists run out of ears to assault and information to discredit, they latch then onto children, the only people too uneducated to resist. If that mode doesn't work, they find a new country and they start up with the chastizement and scare tactics their so well known for.
OK, well, I'm sorry that my comment started this string of vitriol towards people with religious belifs. My only point was that the story wasn't being reported accurately, and it's a mistake to conclude that people from Waco are stupid based on an inaccurate story. No criticism of any religion was intended.