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Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade. In this book, he expands the points he has made, and claims that this debate is not so much about religion versus science, as about the nature of science itself.

With infectious enthusiasm, he reveals the mechanics of evolutionary theory, explains how it is rooted in the testable and verifiable scientific method, and why it is therefore a sound explanation of our beginning. He argues passionately that to continue to assert otherwise, to continue to insist that creationism has a place in the science classroom is harmful not only to our children, but to the future of the greater world as well.

©2014 William S. Nye (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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Undeniable evidence for evolution

I really love how this book presents the evidence for evolution, it really gets assimilated by almost everyone I think. I liked all the chapters but the one for GMOs I found a bit confusing, Bill Nye seems to agree with using GMOs but At the same time he does not seem to agree, it seems to me he is still on the fence on that one and at the end I am intrigued by something I really think it will be interesting to know more about his old boss.

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  • David N.
  • 2015-01-31

Great narration, but unfocused argumentation.

This is a good book, especially because Nye is a wonderful, passionate, funny narrator of his own work. But the content of the book is also all over the place. It reads much more like "Bill Nye's interesting musings on evolution and biology and earth history and stuff" rather than a focused engagement with those who deny evolution. The arguments were either too brief, mentioned only in passing, or very weak (for example, just saying things like "people deny evolution because they're scared of humans not being special anymore", which may be true but is speculation with a dash of ad hominem and isn't very effective as an argument). Otherwise all of the information in the book was interesting and definitely worth listening to (a gain, especially because of Nye's narration).

If you're looking for a book that's much more effective at arguing the case for evolution to a specifically religious audience, and addressing their concerns in a more organized and sustained way, I would read Francis Collins' "The Language of God."

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  • AxeanaB
  • 2015-02-05

Leasurly read for those who don't want equations

I grew up watching Bill Nye the Science Guy. It was the best thing when my science teacher would pull the large CRT TV in front of the classroom and put in a Bill Nye VHS. I silently cheered "Bill! Bill! Bill!" along with the theme song of the show. It was great. That being said, I am not sure what I expected from this book, but, it's Bill Nye! So I spent my Audible credit on it. I do have to say, the beginning of this book was a slow start and seemed like it wasn't addressed to the audience but to a very specific crowd of Christians who thoroughly and unquestionably believe the Earth is only 6000 years old (is this crowd of people going to read a book about evolution?). As I am not a part of that crowd, I was beginning to think that there will be nothing for me on this book. I was wrong. There was. My science fiction and science fact spirit is happy. Bill talks about evolution, skin color, reproduction traits, astro biology, and space travel. I'm giving this book four stars instead of five because of the beginning of the book.

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  • Canaan
  • 2016-10-26

Started awesome then veered off course

Maybe my expectations were, but I expected more along the lines of fleshing out proofs of evolution and the debate with creationism. it did that in the beginning, but eventually turned into lectures about global warming, GMOs, abortion, and race. All important issues and peripherally related to evolution, but the latter part of this book felt like an opinion platform.

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  • 1DrummingAddict
  • 2015-05-04

Great book from a brilliant man!

Very well delivered information in an accessible form that most should be able to understand. There were also a few new bits of evidence presented here that I liked such as the skin color reasoning. Great book!

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  • Reyna and Chris
  • 2017-07-25

Great book

Such a well written interesting look into evolution . I recomend it to anyone compelled to learn about evolution.

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  • Bryan
  • 2014-11-13

Inspiring

What did you love best about Undeniable?

The passion for which Bill Nye communicates science.

What other book might you compare Undeniable to and why?

Anything by Richard Dawkings, eg the Selfish Gene.

What about Bill Nye’s performance did you like?

Humor, Passion and interest in the topic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Easily.

Any additional comments?

His passion inspires my science studies, he is an amazing role model and this book transports you into his world.

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  • B. H. H. Mulder
  • 2014-11-30

Preaching to the choir

Would you listen to Undeniable again? Why?

I may listen to it again. Bill Nye has a good reading voice and there is actual information in this book.

What did you like best about this story?

All the ways science shows that evolution is true. Well thought out, with back - and forward references.

Have you listened to any of Bill Nye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Bill Nye's other performances. I have listened to him on Star Talk Radio.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The anecdotes are great.

Any additional comments?

I really liked this book. It is more-or-less aimed at creationists, but I think it will end up to be more preaching to the choir. In general creationists have their minds made up. No evidence will convince them. Personally, if it were possible I would deny them all the gadgets and technologies that rely on the science they so heartily deny. 6000 year old earth? Okay, hand in your cellphones, your polyester clothing, your car, your fiberglass windowframes and your big screen tv. Why? Because they cannot exist with a 6000 year old earth.

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  • Brandon Ray
  • 2014-11-06

SCIENCE RULES!!

What made the experience of listening to Undeniable the most enjoyable?

I've been a Bill Nye fan since childhood, though not as avid a follower had it not been for my religious upbringing. Since breaking away from that I have had my childhood enthusiasm and hunger for more science fully restored. I found this book compelling and very exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

It's easy to follow, friendly, funny and is less critical of religion than it deserves. I Think that makes it a great book for a gift to a religious friend or family member who may or may not have questions that the bible doesn't answer. If Bill Nye's debate points made you curious or excited, GET THIS BOOK! it's not all about the debate, but it does expand on several of his points as well as much much more.

Have you listened to any of Bill Nye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I can't imagine there being another person alive who would not have fallen flat on their face trying to present it as Mr. Nye's words without losing his enthusiasm and nerdy humor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every chapter was exciting and I was disappointed that it wasn't longer. I did like the evolutionary explanation of human "races" and skin color.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend it even if you have the physical copy.

...I'm about to start it again!

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  • Benjamin Boerner
  • 2018-06-05

Kinda Boring

unfortunately it was kind of boring and I couldn't finish. While I agree with the facts presented Bill isn't very engaging or entertaining. Wish I could have traded this guy in for something else...

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  • Noah
  • 2017-07-24

can't beat bill

His voice really gives the text life. very thought prevoking on a wide veriety of context.

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