Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Bill Nye joins with Netflix to dispel myths, refute anti-scientific claims, and attempt to educate the ignorant. Good luck.

Courtesy of Inverse:  

History is full of iconic, distinguished men and women of science, but there’s only one Science Guy. Bill Nye was a smart, quirky, and memorable science ambassador for a generation of PBS-watching millennials, and fans were delighted to learn that his signature bowtie would be coming back to screens in 2017 for a new Netflix show, Bill Nye Saves the World. Of course, that was before Donald Trump — about as anti-science as a politician can get — won the presidency. Now, with truth and the fate of the planet seemingly on the line, the title of Nye’s show seems a little more urgent. 

Netflix announced Nye’s show in late August, before Trump’s stunning upset in the election, but from what we know about it, Netflix seems to be eerily prescient. “Each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry,” a Netflix press release explains. Nye has said that he wants the new show to be entertaining, sure, but he really wants to educate and, if possible, change minds. 

“We’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change,” Nye said in a statement. “With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

All I can say is that Nye really has his work cut out for him.

I mean I always knew that a large swath of the American public was as dumb as a box of rocks, but that was before over sixty tow million of them voted for Donald Trump.

Now I worry that just about every other person I see might be about to simply wander out into traffic or poke their eye out with a pair of scissors.

Good luck science guy. You are going to need it.


  1. Anonymous4:00 AM

    Let them wander into traffic. The gene pool needs improvement.

    1. Anonymous8:59 AM

      Too late. They already have 19 kids and counting.

  2. a. j. billings5:23 AM

    Established truth backed up by research, science and facts is meaningless when your life is ruled by religion.

    I hope the few Repub Senators plus Dems can keep a small check on the racist alt-right cabal that DrumpF is assembling.

    For anyone not a white evangelical Christian or Catholic,, we are now all 4th class trash, not even deserving of our citizen status

  3. Anonymous7:00 AM

    "darkmatter/energy is the abyss of ignorance and 94-95% of everything is just that>driving the universe."
    On Science:"NOT a subject>Science is INFUSED in everything"

    1. Anonymous8:16 AM

      "I was laughing so fucking hard and so was he. We couldn’t get our faces off the floor. We fell down laughing, stomach hurting, at how fucking absurd this shit is.” It helped me develop a mantra that I try to keep, which is:
      "The only thing I know is that I don’t know."

  4. Anonymous8:09 AM

  5. Anonymous8:52 AM

    "people like Ted Cruz, this will be the first of many battles to come."

  6. Karlie Kloss seems very well qualified to save the world.

  7. sp ck

    sixty TWO million


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