I am Bill Nye and I’m here to dare I say it…. save the world. Ask Me Anything!

  1. Bill, what was it like collaborating with Tyler, the Creator for the theme song for the new show? What made you choose him initially? Do you have an ongoing friendship with him?

  2. Oh we hang out all the time. He comes by The Planetary Society; we talk about the cosmos and our place in space.

  3. Thanks so much for being here. Any chance of working with Disney again on the Energy pavilion at EPCOT? Lots of people would love to see an update based on everything we know about the subject now as opposed to twenty years ago - especially if you had something to say.

  4. Not my choice. Please ask the Disneynians to refresh the ride. It was a fun job. It was sponsored by Exxon, while they still owned a division that made bearings for wind turbine generators, and before their climate denial documents from 1977 were discovered and published in the New York Times. I'd love to do a new show though.

  5. You and I are made of the same material as the stars. We are star dust. Therefore, you and I are at least one way that the universe knows itself. Cue the spooky music.

  6. He and is companies are shaking things up in a great way. Some disclosure, he served on the Board of The Planetary Society for a while, but has had to recuse himself as SpaceX became Yuge. (I gave him a ride to the airport once.) The Tesla outperforms conventional gas-powered cars (as does my new all-electric Chevy Bolt). If the reused lower stage of the Falcon rockets proves profitable, it will change space exploration in great way. Go Elon! (He's an immigrant to the U.S., bt-dubs.)

  7. Hey Bill Nye! I am a 6th grade Science Teacher in Florida (currently in the middle of class) and my students want to ask you.. What was your most favorite episode you've ever created? Also, when did you discover your love of science? Finally, is there any advice you can give to a 6th grader to get involved in the sciences beyond the classroom?

  8. Not Bill obviously, but on the Elvis Duran show this morning he said he discovered his love for science when he watching bees in his garden, and he swore the same bee came leaving and coming back. Eventually he got stung that day and his mom put ammonia on the sting (he joked that he thought she was trying to kill him because the bottle of ammonia had a skull with crossbones on it) and the pain went away, like magic.

  9. Hi Bill, thanks for doing this - I've got a question, I know that maybe it's not specifically in your field, but I would still appreciate your thoughts as someone trying to "save the world".

  10. Self-driving vehicles seem to me to be the next Big Thing. Think of all the drivers, who will be able to do something more challenging and productive with their work day. They could be erecting wind turbines, installing photovoltaic panels, and running distributed grid power lines. Woo hoo!

  11. As someone part way through med school right now, think long and hard about it. The cost both financially and mentally short to medium term is brutal. Just be aware and go into it with eyes wide open if that's what you choose to do.

  12. First, thanks for making science class so great in middle school. I still have that theme song stuck in my head.

  13. The quality of life for people everywhere will go down. There will be less food and less clean water available in the developed and the developing world. It's reasonable that this will lead to conflict: more violence, more war. Here in the super-developed US, people will have to abandon homes in Miami, Galveston, Norfolk, and other coastal towns. It will lead to defaulted mortgages and people looking for jobs inland. Where will those jobs come from? Sooner we get to work the better.

  14. Infinitesimal. If you think you want to live on Mars, try living in the dry valleys of Antarctica for a few years. And to play fair, you have to bring your own air to breathe. Inhaling the local atmosphere on Mars would kill you in an instant. You'd never go outside, not really. You'd live in some dome, and when you go out, you have to be in a spacesuit, which is just another dome, only really tight fitting. Oh, and there is absolutely nothing to eat.

  15. Nope. When you get your job as a dancer on broadway, don't ever tell people who your favorite dance partner is. Otherwise, you won't get a chance to dance with anyone else. There is something in every episode that I just love. The spit take in Ocean Life cracks me up as does the screaming skull I'm holding in Bones & Muscles. And, who doesn't love passing out in a fighter plane pulling 7.5 g's?

  16. The fossil fuel industry has successfully introduced the idea that ±2% is somehow the same as ±100%. Just as the cigarette/cancer deniers, did, only global and affecting billions rather than millions. Sooner we embrace renewable energy sources, the sooner we can bring the military home and be energy independent. Let's go!

  17. I know among some Baby Boomers there's just a general distrust of it. "What, in the 70s they were talking about global cooling, and now they're talking about global warming? Make up your minds!" It doesn't help that the more media-friendly reports on climate change have often been a bit... alarmist? I remember seeing news shows bring on specialists that were like "Flooding will destroy all crops by 2010 unless we act now!" These people gave the science of climate change a bad name, but because they were so extreme, they offered a simpler, punchier narrative for the news station.

  18. We've heard the chant of your name even wayyy over here in New Zealand. :) Just a small question. Favourite astronomy point in the night sky?

  19. Thanks for your support. I don't have a favorite (favourite). Saturn is beautiful. And, I am fond of the Earth's Moon.

  20. People seem to afraid of politicizing science a lot lately. I agree to an extent - science should not be a political issue as it is really just our best gauge of reality.

  21. Science is already politicized. Powerful people make a lot of money denying science or stopping scientific advancement. Politicians are denying scientific facts and defunding science research. This is harmful to us as a society because not only does it hinder technological advancements that could benefit the world, it's promoting our current bad habits in how we treat the environment and how we view science. These powerful people have also instilled doubt about what science is in voters and every day people. Science is already political and we need to have a voice on these issues. This march is important because it's giving us an opportunity to redefine how people think about science and how science works and why it works. That is lacking in our society. People in the science community already understand that. Our next step is to reach out to the people who don't and teach them. There's no use preaching to the choir.

  22. Plant-based diets are the future. I look forward to food preparations that are not "derivative bits," as we say in comedy writing. Instead of "coconut bacon," for example, I hope there is just delicious stand-alone coconut preparations. Cooking is a competitive business. I look forward to the emergence of new plant-based dishes.

  23. Hi, You made several TV appearances affirming allegations about Deflate gate. Yet actual scientists at MIT have debunked those very claims. Any thoughts? I've added a link for your reference.

  24. Dont let Bills non response distract you from the fact that the Atlanta falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the super bowl

  25. This is the question I want answered most. I always looked up to this guy and believed he was a true "Science Guy" until that video. I hope it was a joke video because he doesn't like the Patriots or something. That would be far less heart breaking than Bill not knowing or understanding something as simple as the Ideal Gas Law.

  26. Preach it brother. His appearances on this topic were terribly non-scientific and just downright incorrect.

  27. For me, his unwillingness to address this question calls into doubt anything that he says. If he is truly a man of science as he professes, he needs to meet fact with fact. Otherwise he's a disgrace and an opportunistic hack. Shame on him.

  28. Hey Bill! Just read an article on your change in heart towards philosophy! Would really love like to know: what aspects of philosophy do you find valuable and important?

  29. Philosophy is needed more than ever to answer questions of how to distribute duties and responsibilities related to climate change. Questions natural science can never answer

  30. I just watched some snippets from your new show. What in the actual fuck man? You will never be taken seriously again. I hope the pandering is worth it.

  31. Where do you shop for ties? I grew up in a bow tie family. I want a Bill Nye Science Guy Signature Bow tie!

  32. I hope people coming of age have a respect for the process of science in part because of my show(s). If not, I guess I've failed, but I did and continue to do my best. Checkout Bill Nye Saves The World, which starts on Friday on Netflix. There are 13 episodes. Binge 'em, and turn it up loud!

  33. Favorite element? Don't have one, but I am fond of the compound water. In fact, now that I've sipped it, I don't think I could live without it. Subatomic particle? Not sure, but I'd sure like to know if there are particles associated with dark matter. Darkons?

  34. Bill Nye! My AAAS membership led me to the IDP Career Test at ScienceCareers.org. I am 27 years old and am finally considering a college education. My top result is "Science Education for non-scientists" of which I believe you have ample experience. How would you suggest entering this career field? Would any specific college major help or will any science based major suffice? Would you ever consider letting an individual, such as myself, job shadow you for a couple days? Lastly, do you plan to attend this year's StarTalk Saturnalia party? I'm also a member of the Planetary Society and have to thank you and your team for your science advocacy! I look forward to watching "Bill Nye Saves the World"; keep up the great work!

  35. Be sure you can do algebra. It is a key to success in a technical field. I work in a writers room these days. If you want to do what I do now, look for a job as a television writer. Thanks for being a member of The Planetary Society. We advance space science and exploration. Let's know the cosmos and our place within it!

  36. When did you go from a tv personality trying to teach kids, to a political partisan trying to promote flawed science based on the work of a man who promoted pedophila?

  37. Hi, Bill! Is there a common habit today that you believe people will find utterly disgusting 50 years from now? Like we feel today about smoking in restaurants, for instance.

  38. My personal hope is eating factory farmed meat. Sounds like science/health backs up changing the amount of meat consumption, but tech like lab-grown meat and economy infrastructure equalizing prices needs further progress. Not to mention the cultural stigma around 'not eating meat/normal stuff'.

  39. Pick up trash. Especially around water sources. Although to be honest I'm not sure if that'll help climate change. But it'll help something :)

  40. May not apply directly to climate change but turn off the dang water when you're brushing your teeth.

  41. I could be wrong, but I believe there's a snippet in a recent Star Talk podcast where he somewhat comments on how great it is that most states are passing medical marijuana legislation. Now where do I have that link hidden? It's somewhere around here. EDIT: Ahhh, here it is ----->

  42. I would also really like Mr. Nyes input on this, I'm sure he would be hesitant given he is a bit of a role model who influences young people intrested in pursuing a career in science, but nevertheless I am really intrested in what his take on it is.

  43. Equal what he answers, a big portion of people will like him less than before and support him less, so it wouldn't be a good idea to answer this question I think

  44. I've heard him say on a Startalk podcast that he is not a fan of the smell if marijuana, so he does not enjoy it personally, but he believes that we are entitled yo do whatever we want, so he won't judge. This is from memory, so don't quote me on this

  45. You made a comment about throwing people who deny man-made climate change in jail. How is this not fascism? Isn't this against scientific debate?

  46. Hi Bill! Have you ever considered actually becoming a scientist? You know, getting some advanced degrees in the field on not just being a spokesperson for your only superficial understanding of politics? You know who I would really like to talk to? The team of fucking writers from Bill Nye the Science Guy. Youre a fraud. Eat shit

  47. I can't, no one can, prove there is no higher power. It's the age-old philosophical point that one cannot prove a negative. Whether or not there is a higher power, there is no question that the Earth cannot possibly 6,000 years old. Teaching kids that idea is bad for our future. But worse, is teaching kids that the Earth is cooling rather than warming. All this is made possible in Kentucky by their having elected a creationist governor, who appointed a creationist cabinet, which was in turn enabled by a creationist judge. In any other state or commonwealth, the non profit businesses run by Mr. Ham would be in conflict with out First Amendment. it will take years to undo the wrong-headed teaching of the kids in the Commonwealth. But the longest journey begins with but a single step. Thanks for writing. If you are really in touch with a Higher Power, ask her or him to straighten these Kentuckians (and immigrant Australian) out.

  48. If I were you, I would look up what a Christian Scientist is before using that label. It might not mean what you think it means.

  49. Just FYI, that is definitely not what "Christian Scientist" means. You're associating yourself with perhaps the most anti-science sect of Christianity.

  50. For us on the outside, it has always been a bit of mystery that Scotland has separate teams from Britain. Carry on.

  51. what does it feel like selling off the little reputation you had to make a steaming pile of trash that is your new show on Netflix?

  52. You've debated climate change deniers for years - has there been one particular instance where you were able to change someone's mind, and what did you need to say or do in order to change their position?

  53. Hey Bill , I mean no disrespect but why are there so many stories of you being an asshole to people in public??

  54. I'm now going to prove my ability to tell the future by predicting this question will never be answered.

  55. Came here for this, hoping he answers. I still think he's a great scientist and seems like a good man but I've read so many posts about him being a major douchebag.

  56. Mr. Nye, Do you ever have people randomly sing your theme song when they recognize you in the super market?

  57. Hi Bill! I'm an early-career wildlife conservationist in Southeast Asia. The situation for natural habitats and wildlife is often very bleak, as I have witnessed swathes of forest being cleared and animals dying or having no where to go. In my head, the ultimate cause of all environmental problems is human overpopulation - a fact that no one seems to want to admit. I know that if there is political and individual will, these won't be problems, but time and again it is evident that it is in (most) human nature to put themselves as priority. I feel that it is easier to give up something that you don't have (a potential or additional child) than something you already have (your lifestyle) and often, the benefits of giving up the former far outweigh that of the latter. That brings me to my question - do you think it is time political leaders and scientists bring the issue of human overpopulation to light in this critical time? And not only in the developing countries but the developed as well (considering an individual in the developed world emits magnitudes more in carbon that an individual in a developing country).

  58. I don't think being a twat about religious beliefs is going to help you save the world, when are you going to stop being an asshole to people who choose to have faith? Just because it's not a science doesn't mean you have the right to mock the millions of people who decide to live by something more than science

  59. Hi Bill! Public elementary school music teacher here. Your episode from the original show about the science of music is a staple in my classroom and I use it in my curriculum each year. Thank you!! Are you planning to cover any topics that involve sound or music this season?

  60. Do you ever see a future where all of our daily nutrients could be consumed in a pill form where traditional meals become more of an activity rather than a necessity?

  61. Mr. Nye what are your favorite science related subreddits? And non science subreddits? And how often do you browse Reddit?

  62. What do you think of accusations that the March for Science has been hijacked by outside interests and/or "isn't diverse enough?" Wouldn't these accusations discourage science supporters who might otherwise participate but may now feel unwelcome at events like the March for Science?

  63. Hi Bill, thank you for doing this. My question is: What is the most dangerous piece of pseudo-science in your opinion? As in, what pseudo-science do you think has caused or will cause the most damage to humanity and science?

  64. Hi Bill!! I'm a huge fan of your work and I'm planning on attending the march this weekend! My question for you is: How do you respond to the criticism that this march will only continue to politicize science? Something based on fact shouldn't be a partisan issue, but some worry that this massive display may further associate scientific findings with left leaning ideologies.

  65. Traditionally, we hired people to be President, who had some experience in government. So, I'm probably not the right guy for the job. I hope more and more of us can now see that governing is not the same as running business, or trying to run a business. The government cannot declare bankruptcy six times, for example. A U.S. president is not like a king. He or she cannot decree laws unilaterally. It takes consensus, and that is generally not quite the same as a negotiation for a piece of property. I hope more and more of us can see that governing is more complicated than closing a single business deal.

  66. Be honest, is your show just going to be about science, or will it ALSO be used to be politically-driven (Anti-Trump, Anti-GOP, etc.)? Not a problem for me, as a lot of shows are.

  67. How should we help people learn science for sciences sake, and not just so that they can repeat 'factoids' to give themselves a feeling of superiority and shut down anyone with a different opinion or understanding of an issue?

  68. Bill why are we trying so hard to get people to go to Mars if our bodies can't acclimate to the atmospheric and gravitational changes for more than a couple months? Can't we just use the money to make our own planet last a little longer? And what new discovery are you most interested in right now?

  69. Hey Bill Nye. First off I would like to say you've been always been a huge inspiration to me! I'd like to ask you what you think of people who believe that the world is flat? Would you say that it's good to question everything or that after a certain point it just becomes ridiculous?

  70. Hey Bill, long time fan here! My siblings and I watched you almost every day. Here's my question, how long did it take for the you to be able to walk again after getting reamed by Tucker Carlson a few weeks ago? A lot of us were very concerned for you. Thanks Bill, I look forward to hearing your response!

  71. With the most likely upcoming Mars landing in the next decade or two, If this landing where to be successful how would this change the game in space exploration and science? Thanks!

  72. Do you think that somewhere far far far away, in some parallel universe, male bow ties wear humans ? Is that theoretically possible? Thanks !

  73. There are so many comments you might never see this but I wanted to say thank you for your service to science! You've inspired so many (including me!) to pursue science and you have an obvious passion for science education and outreach.

  74. What's up? How much confidence do scientists have to project considering that every science on Earth has only scratched the surface of it's respective field in terms of discovery? This is similar to our understanding of Earth vs. Universe.

  75. Bill, Hi, I hope you're still here. Why did you fail against Tucker Carlson in your recent interview? He was only asking you a simple question, which you refused to answer? "Show me the human impact on climate change".

  76. With current battery technology and energy storage, do we have the capability to provide sufficient base load power without coal power plants?

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