Postmodern Science

Bill Nye, the snake oil salesman who peddled the $200 ionator that promised to turned tap water into “ionized” water which would kill just about any bacteria has discovered another way to use [cough] science:

Here’s the “pro-science” message Bill is selling:

“Sexuality’s a spectrum, everyone is on it. Even you might like it if you sit up on it,”

“Drag king, drag queen just do what feels right.”

“This world of ours is so full of choice. But must I choose between only John or Joyce? Are my options only hard or moist? My vagina has its own voice.”

How edgy.

At least we can catch a glimpse of what science is going to look like as postmodernism begins to shape it.

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8 Responses to Postmodern Science

  1. TFBW says:

    Whether or not the USA can be said to have passed through a civilised era in its journey from barbarism to decadence, it’s pretty clear that it is well inside that latter territory now. I offer the following in response to the video above.

  2. Dhay says:

    Now we know how Bill Nye got to be the figurehead (Honorary Chair) for the March for Science.

    https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/snake-oil-salesman-becomes-hononary-chair-of-march-for-science/

    It works for both Nye and the SJWs, I guess: Nye gets lots of free publicity, and a renewal of his status as science personified, they get science personified as an SJW pushing SJW Alternative Science.

  3. Dhay says:

    Jerry Coyne doesn’t like him:

    It’s no secret that I am not a big fan of Bill Nye, regarding him as a buffoon who will engage in any shenanigans that keep him in the public eye and help him retain the fame he desires—fame accrued as “The Science Guy”.

    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/this-is-science-bill-nye/

    *

    Seems to me we could propose a new version of the Warfare Hypothesis, now the idea that science and SJW-ism (or science and post-modernism) are incompatible, post-modern SJW-ism being apparently based on blind faith in narratives and meta-narratives which are incompatible with science and reason (except insofar as Shermer’s dictum applies, that “smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons”.)

  4. unclesporkums says:

    Once again,the Gnus lose the right to be called “rational thinkers”.

  5. stcordova says:

    TFBW,

    Wow, thanks for the link!

    And thanks to Michael for the link to Coyne. Never thought I’d be complimenting Coyne, but he looks almost respectable.

  6. unclesporkums says:

    And that’s a big *almost.

  7. Dhay says:

    The Friendly Atheist blog (Terry Firma, presumably with the approval of the owner, Hemant Mehta) also joins the condemnation of Bill Nye’s new show; largely just quoting Maddie Stone, it ends with a little original content:

    One measure of how deeply it has already bombed is that the YouTube video linked above (a third-party upload, for what it’s worth) currently has almost 40,000 downvotes and only 612 upvotes. On Netflix itself, the 500-plus reviews are overwhelmingly, savagely negative (although it’s clear that some are knee-jerk political hit jobs by reflexive right-wingers).

    I don’t know if Bill Nye deserves more respect than that, but science certainly does.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/04/26/bill-nyes-patronizing-preachy-netflix-show-limps-from-awkwardness-to-embarrassment/

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    Mehta himself had high hopes and expectations; first:

    Give the man a budget and the freedom to discuss science as he sees fit, and I’m sure it’ll be worth watching.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/08/31/bill-nye-will-soon-have-a-science-themed-talk-show-on-netflix/

    Then:

    Netflix just announced that the show Bill Nye Saves the World will be released on April 21. And if the trailer for Season 1 is any indication, they’re going all out to make science interesting for people who might otherwise ignore it.

    As one YouTube commenter put it, our Lord and Savior has returned.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/02/08/bill-nye-saves-the-world-will-be-released-on-netflix-on-april-21/

    Wow. Not damning with faint praise, that.

    *

    Interestingly, there’s this in the middle of Firma’s post:

    But this is the most cringey thing that Bill Nye has signed his name to since that time he suggested that climate-change deniers deserve jail time.

    Jail time? This links to Firma’s Friendly Atheist post a year ago entitled “Does Bill Nye Really Want To Put Climate-Change Deniers in Jail?”; there’s a video interview of Nye and transcript. The video interview is short and edited, says Firma, it doesn’t make clear which of a range of positions Nye was actually taking, so:

    We are reaching out to Bill Nye for clarification and will update this post if and when we hear from him.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/04/15/does-bill-nye-really-want-to-put-climate-change-deniers-in-jail/

    No update was forthcoming, so presumably no clarification was received.

  8. pennywit says:

    I’m indifferent to the message/subject matter. But it’s a crummy song.

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