The Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate Was a Nightmare for Science
- Ham had nothing to lose. When you exist on the cultural fringe and make your living by antagonizing established authority, thereâ€™s no form of media attention you donâ€™t love. All Ham had to do was sit still for two-and-a-half hours, sound vaguely professional, and pander occasionally to his base. Sure, if you listened closely, what Ham was saying made absolutely no scientific sense. But debate is a format of impressions, not facts. Ham sounded like a reasonable human being, loosely speaking, and thatâ€™s what mattered.