From J. Daniels at Southern Blog:
A show that many of our Boyce students (and Southern students?) have probably grown up watching at home or in school is Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill Nye has opened the eyes of an untold number of children to the fascinating world of science. …
But then …
Bill Nye has, in the past several years, moved beyond children’s science education into the culture wars over evolution and creationism, abortion rights, and reproductive rights. A video that has stirred up some controversy – at least among conservatives – is Nye’s video at BigThink titled “Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?”
In this video, Nye argues against attempts to stop abortion by appealing to the question of when a fetus becomes a person. If the fetus is a person the moment an egg is fertilized (as some pro-lifers claim), then why aren’t pro-lifer’s looking to “sue” or “imprison” women who had a fertilized egg pass or miscarry naturally? Nye seeks to show the absurdity of the pro-lifers’ argument–no one would rationally say a woman was wrong for naturally passing a fertilized egg. How, then, can they say that a woman is wrong for choosing to have an abortion of an unwanted baby? In short, there is no difference between a miscarriage (a “natural abortion”) and the choice to abort an unwanted baby. For Nye, if one would just accept the fact that science has taught us this, then we would have no need for the abortion debate.
Nye’s pro-abortion argument is nothing new; nothing he says sheds new light on the issue. Rather, the point is that the vehicle for his argument is an assumption that has gained quite a bit of traction in our culture, the assumption that science gives us the answers we need to life’s questions. More.
Yes, and in this case, it is a particularly stupid assumption because the unborn human is as human as anyone else until death. That is all science can really say about the matter unless embryology has gone down the tubes.
Science cannot tell us whether we should practice abortion, female genital mutilation, or sex slavery unless one chooses to make it a religion. The religion is, of course, naturalism (nature is all there is).
But naturalism by itself cannot tell us whether we should do any of these things. All it really tells us is that the strong tend to prevail over the weak.
In a society where Top People want abortions, the kid gets it early. In a society where they want FGM and sex slavery, the kid gets it later, if a girl.
The big problem, as I’ve noted before, is that naturalism has been a disaster for science, as much as for human dignity. Just three examples:
We hear any number of implausible chimps r’ us theories (see BBC’s “Chimps have entered the Stone Age).
Naturalism will go on generating such theories, usually at tax expense, indefinitely because no other perspective, however supported by evidence, can be admitted.
That’s because naturalism is now a state religion, supported by Top People, funded by taxpayers, and discreetly deprecated by the naturalists’ pet theists.
And none of the above is even particularly dangerous; just a waste of time, money, and energy.
But whenever naturalism gets its claws into law, medicine, economics, and culture, that’s the killing fields.
Nye got that one right. They usually do. – O’Leary for News
See also: What has naturalism done for science?
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