Quotes from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Bill Nye ·  309 pages

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“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“The natural world is a package deal; you don’t get to select which facts you like and which you don’t.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“I’ll admit that the discovery of evolution is humbling, but it is also empowering. It transforms our relationship to the life around us. Instead of being outsiders watching the natural world go by, we are insiders. We are part of the process; we are the exquisite result of billions of years of natural research and development.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“What happens to other species also happens to us.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“How did we let an ideological resistance to inquiry become such a prominent part of our society?”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation



“No other organism on Earth does that. Yes, yes, I understand that dolphins are very smart, but I don’t think they build libraries or even contemplate such a project.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“Put another way, I love all of you dog lovers, but I have to spoil your fun a little with a fundamental truth. There is, in an important evolutionary sense, no such thing as a specific breed of dog. If a Great Dane has sex with a dachshund, you get a dog. If a Standard Poodle has sex with a Jack Russell terrier, you get a dog. If a mutt has sex with a so-called purebred, you get a dog.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“If the argument is, “Well, that was all part of the plan,” then I have to ask: How can you take the lack of evidence of a plan as evidence of a plan? That makes no sense.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“We are killing off species at the rate of about one per day. It is estimated that humans are driving species to extinction at least a thousand times faster than the otherwise natural rate.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“To be successful as a living thing, you have to have offspring, who have offspring, who have offspring. Rest assured, your family did, or you wouldn’t be here. As troubling as it may seem, your parents had sex—at least once. If you have brothers and sisters, more than once … One shudders to think of it.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation



“If you’re a creationist reading this, and you want to remark something like, “Well, that’s the way he did it,” I’ll tell you right back, that is just not reasonable, nor is it satisfactory. If we were playing on a team right now, I’d say, “Get your head in the game.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“Skin color is basically a measure of the local ultraviolet levels, and it is controlled by relatively minor adaptive changes in the genome.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“The essence of the evening was captured by a question from the audience. Someone asked: “What would it take to change your worldview?” My answer was simple: Any single piece of evidence. If we found a fossilized animal trying to swim between the layers of rock in the Grand Canyon, if we found a process by which a new huge fraction of a radioactive material’s neutrons could become protons in some heretofore fantastically short period of time, if we found a way to create eleven species a day, if there were some way for starlight to get here without going the speed of light, that would force me and every other scientist to look at the world in a new way. However, no such contradictory evidence has ever been found—not any, not ever.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“I myself have had long discussions with my dog friends, and by that I mean my friends who are dogs.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“There is a deep-seated reason why intelligent, sensible people suddenly recoil from objective evidence when the topic turns to evolution. I think the fear of death has a lot to do with it.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation



“From time to time, I meet someone who will say something like, "I am not afraid of dying." I don't buy it. Everyone is afraid of dying. It's part of the instinct that helps us survive as a species. It's a crucial feature of human evolution. It's also, I strongly suspect, a crucial reason why so many people have trouble believing evolution is true. Life can be ironic like that.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“People love dogs. This is, I hope, the least surprising sentence you will read in this book. I myself have had long discussions with my dog friends, and by that I mean my friends who are dogs.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“When religions disagree about just creation, there is nothing to do but argue. When two scientists disagree about evolution, they confer with colleagues, develop theories, collect evidence, and arrive at a more complete understanding. Every question leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“Some of the most wonderful aspects and consequences of evolution have been discovered only recently. This is in stark contrast to creationism, which offers a static view of the world, one that cannot be challenged or tested with reason. And because it cannot make predictions, it cannot lead to new discoveries, new medicines, or new ways to feed all of us.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“they avoid the exploration of evolution, because it reminds us all that humankind may not be that special in nature’s scheme. What happens to other species also happens to us.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation



“The takeaway message here, as Jablonski points out, is that there is no such thing as different races of humans. Any differences we traditionally associate with race are a product of our need for vitamin D and our relationship to the Sun. Just a few clusters of genes control skin color; the changes in skin color are recent; they’ve gone back and forth with migrations; they are not the same even among two groups with similarly dark skin; and they are tiny compared to the total human genome. So skin color and “race” are neither significant nor consistent defining traits. We all descended from the same African ancestors, with little genetic separation from each other. The different colors or tones of skin are the result of an evolutionary response to ultraviolet light in local environments. Everybody has brown skin tinted by the pigment melanin. Some people have light brown skin. Some people have dark brown skin. But we all are brown, brown, brown.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“Scientifically speaking, there is tribalism and group bias, but there cannot be any such thing as racism. We are all one.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“We are all aware that evolution happens, because we all have parents.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“Try this way of picturing a human lifespan. The National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys’ stadium holds 105,000 people. Now, imagine that you’re watching life go by down on the field, and every day you watch that life go by from a different seat. You don’t even get a third of the way around. Before you’ve settled into a third of the seats, you’d be dead. And, that’s if you had a good run, eighty-two-plus years. Yikes!”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“The word purebred is something we can define by counting generations back in dog-sex land. But it is not an indication of species or anything special, really.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation



“Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“This is one of the reasons I get such joy from studying evolution. This kind of science is amazing and sexy.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“We all have DNA, and it’s nearly the same. In rhesus monkeys, we’re close to 93 percent the same. In mice, it’s closer to 90 percent overall.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“As I learned more about evolution, I realized that from nature’s point of view, you and I ain’t such a big deal. Humans are just another species on this planet trying to make a go of it, trying to pass our genes into the future, just like chrysanthemums, muskrats, sea jellies, poison ivy … and bumblebees.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


“Our ancestors who did not have a fear of heights, who did not have a fear of eating something poisonous, who did not have a fear of venomous snakes and spiders, who were not afraid of drowning, well—they’re dead.”
― Bill Nye, quote from Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation



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Bill Nye
Born place: in Washington, DC, The United States
Born date November 27, 1955
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