Bill Nye the Science Guy, host of the worthy-of-canceling-Netflix disaster Bill Nye Saves the World, is the media’s second favorite pop science educator, behind only Neil deGrasse Tyson. This is strange because, unlike Tyson, Nye’s not even an actual scientist.
Mr. Science Guy’s lack of qualifications isn’t the point of this article, however.
The point of this article is to expose a deeply-troubling problem we see not only from Bill Nye, but from a large number of current scientists and academics.
That problem? Cognitive Dissonance.
Hypocrisy By Another Name
For those unaware of what cognitive dissonance is, here’s a quick rundown from Wikipedia:
In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress (discomfort) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values, when performing an action that contradicts those beliefs, ideas, and values; or when confronted with new information that contradicts existing beliefs, ideas, and values.
Essentially, it’s hypocrisy, and the conflict that arises from it.
“What hypocrisy are Nye and so many scientists guilty of,” you ask.
I’ll tell you: The hypocrisy of viewing science and progress as enormously-valuable endeavors, while simultaneously viewing humanity and existence as worthless.
From Bill Nye the “Science” Guy’s 2010 speech for winning the Humanist of the Year award:
“It doesn’t take you long to then think, I really am not that different from a grain of sand. I am insignificant. If you look out at this so-called trackless ocean, if you go out there even a few nautical miles, you disappear. You have no idea where you are—am I near Delaware, am I near Papua New Guinea? You can’t really tell unless you’re very experienced. So I remember thinking, I’m just another speck of sand. And Earth, really, in the cosmic scheme of things, is another speck, and our sun—an unremarkable star, nothing special—is another speck. And the galaxy is a speck. I’m a speck on a speck orbiting a speck among other specks amongst still other specks in the middle of specklessness! I am insignificant! I suck.”
Notice the contradictions in Nye’s views: On one hand, humanity and Earth are insignificant specks of zero worth. On the other hand, his climate change alarmism is based on the idea of saving humanity and Earth.
We’re worthless specks of dust . . . but it’s of the utmost importance that we’re saved. You know, because worthless specks of dust are totally worth saving.
Make Science Great Again
Does someone who holds such a nihilistic, poisonous worldview have any business meddling in science?
Should someone who holds the view that Earth and life is insignificant be preaching to us about ethics?
Of course not. Yet, that doesn’t stop Nye. He continues to use the dumbed-dumb, uncritical mainstream media to spread his inconsistent, unscientific — yes, downright stupid — views.
Is Nye too ignorant to recognize his own incoherent hypocrisy, or is he so dishonest, and so self-serving, he simply does not care?
Sadly, I think we all know the answer to that question.
Science has slowly evolved from an honorable process, to little more than a Trojan horse for dishonest leftist politics.
Bill Nye’s science advocacy? Little more than leftist advocacy in a cheap tuxedo.
The question is, how can we, as honest conservatives, free science from the shackles of leftist politics?