Bill Nye Answers Science Questions You've Been Wondering About But Were Too Shy To Ask

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For millennials, Bill Nye is a staple when it comes to science education thanks to a little show called Bill Nye the Science Guy that your teachers used to make you watch in class. Well now — in addition to getting a new Netflix series — this smartie is sharing all kinds of knowledge on Twitter.

The 61-year-old recently took part in a Wired interview, in which he answered a variety of science-related queries in a segment where regular people tweeted in things they had on their mind and wanted answers to. The conversation, of course, began with global warming.

One person asked Nye about how some people can be climate change deniers when pretty much the entire scientific community is on the same page about global warming being a serious threat all around the world. Nye's answer: cognitive dissonance.

"People have a certain worldview, [and then] they're confronted with evidence that conflicts with the worldview, so they have dissonance, conflicts in their minds," Nye responded. "Instead of changing your worldview, which you may have held your entire life, you dismiss the evidence — and along with that, you dismiss the authorities that may have provided the evidence."

Other topics Nye was asked about include the morality of cloning, evolution, the requirements an object must meet to be called a planet, alternative energy replacing fossil fuels, double rainbows, why the sky is blue, how magnets work, the fourth dimension, and many more.

Bill Nye Saves the World will be available to stream on Netflix beginning Friday, April 21.



In the meantime, check out the full video and get your science lesson of the day:

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