Bill Nye Saves the World Series Debunked
Part 12 of 13:
Season 1, Episode 12 - Designer Babies
Part 1 of 13: Season 1 Episode 1 – Earth Is a Hot Mess
Part 2 of 13: Season 1, Episode 2 – Tune Your Quack-o-Meter
Part 3 of 13: Season 1, Episode 3 – Machines Take Over the World
Part 4 of 13: Season 1, Episode 4 – More Food, Less Hype
Part 5 of 13: Season 1, Episode 5 – The Original Martian Invasion
Part 6 of 13: Season 1, Episode 6 – Do Some Shots, Save the World
Part 7 of 13: Season 1, Episode 7 – Cheat Codes for Reality
Part 8 of 13: Season 1, Episode 8 – This Diet Is Bananas
Part 9 of 13: Season 1, Episode 9 – The Sexual Spectrum
Part 10 of 13: Season 1, Episode 10 – Saving the World - with Space!
Part 11 of 13: Season 1, Episode 11 – Malarkey!
Part 12 of 13: Season 1, Episode 12 – Designer Babies
Part 13 of 13: Season 1, Episode 13 – Earth's People Problem
By: Shawn Alli
Posted: May 31, 2017
Nye starts off with the benefits of In-vitro-fertilization (IVF), screening, and gene editing. He agrees that there may be a slippery slope but it's unknown. Actually it's quite known and it's capable of leading to a war over the perfect human (see Genetics in Philosophy Reborn Part III: Science).
Karlie Kloss (a member of Nye's team) goes to an IVF clinic. And yes, most people in Western-European (WE) society today are infertile. But Kloss and Nye don't touch on the reasons why most WE people are infertile in the first place. There are many reasons: pesticides and endocrine disruptors, ambient air pollution, cigarettes, cell Phones and wifi, and fibroids and endometriosis.
However, depending on the amount of damage to your body, there are natural remedies quite capable of reversing the effects of infertility, all backed by peer-reviewed articles (see Infertility & Pregnancy in Philosophy Reborn Part V: Naturally Unhealthy Big Gov’t, Big Ag, Big Industry).
Nye says that evolution doesn't care whether you have ataxi (a developmental disability). While that's true, that's not what most atheist scientists believe. They believe in the ideology of survival of the fittest and that it would weed out such abnormalities (see Philosophy of Science in Philosophy Reborn Part I: Purpose).
Nye convenes his panel: Dr. Leslie Hinkson (a professor of sociology), Paul Knoepfler (a biologist and stem cell researcher), Camille Hammond (co-founder of foundation that provides fertility grants). Dr. Hinkson says that gene editing can further widen the gap of inequality. Yes and no. While the rich can utilize it to have perfect bloodlines, gene editing will be so widespread in the future that any scientist can do it and provide it for any person. The odds that something this big in science will only be used by the very rich is highly doubtful.
Hammond says that people who request funds for IVF or genetic testing don't really care about gene editing. Not yet they don't. But they will in the future. While most infertile people just want to have a healthy baby, in the next few decades, if the gap widens between those with perfect genomes and those without, people will start to request gene editing.
Nye says that our brains are selected by evolution. No, that's false. See Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Science in Philosophy Reborn Part I: Purpose).
Nazeem Hussain (a member of Nye's team) talks to people about which traits they'd like to pass on. This doesn't make sense because traits aren't genetic/heritable. There's no such thing as the art gene, the smart gene, the athletic gene, the martial art gene...and such. All of that is due to conditioning.
Nye says that most people wouldn't change much because they're happy with themselves. Umm...what? Have you seen the effect of Hollywood and the fashion world on women?
Fashion consultant Tim Gunn (who?) creates a runway for families that use IVF in the past.