Bill Nye Saves the World Series Debunked

Part 5 of 13:

Season 1, Episode 5 - The Original Martian Invasion

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

Bill Nye Saves the World Season 1, Episode 5 – The Original Martian Invasion

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We start off with presenter and chef Alton Brown attempting to create life. The issue of how life originates on this planet is still an open question in 2017. Aside from the magic of Christian doctrine, all the various scientific theories for life aren't falsifiable. And as we already know by now, unfalsifiable theories are the ingredients for bad science.

 

Nye says that life somehow develops because of evolution. Umm...no. Evolution is an ideology. It's not a force that mysteriously selects the strong from the weak. That would be what human scientists do in the past in their claims about white people being the pinnacle of evolution (see Philosophy of Science in Philosophy Reborn Part I: Purpose).

 

Nye takes a guess and says that Mars sets the stage for life. An asteroid then chips a piece of that life away and it eventually lands on the Earth. It's a nice theory but is it falsifiable? No. You can't prove the theory wrong. And yet Nye is conditioning his audience and viewers to accept that his theory is objective. What a joke.

 

Derek Muller (a member of Nye's team) goes to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to talk about their Mars 2020 mission to look for life.

 

Nye goes to his panel: Moogega Stricker (NASA JPL engineer), Hakeem M. Oluseyi (a professor of physics), and Wil Wheaton (former actor). They debate life and aliens but it's all guesswork.

 

While I like the tardigrade skit with Randy Couture, they could have done without Rachel Bloom's children skit. Baseball champion Hunter Pence (who?) hits baseballs to simulate panspermia. Sorry, but I lost my interest in baseball in 1992 and '93 after the Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series. Does that statement show how old I am? Yes. Am I okay with that? Unlike fragile self-conscious liberals, I'm comfortable with my age.