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Bill Nye the Science Guy: We Can Solve The World’s Problems

Bill Nye – the Science Guy, was the science educator to a whole generation not only in the United States but also in Canada and the rest of the English-speaking world. He was among a handful of TV celebrities who made science cool, interesting and fun. But most of all, Bill Nye inspired a generation of students not only to respect but also to love science and become scientists themselves.

Today Mr. Nye is a man on a mission to save the world. And a unique behind-the-scenes documentary film – Bill Nye Science Guy, chronicles his personal campaign to do just that. So when David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg told me they are coming to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of their film, I knew that I had to use this opportunity to get Bill on my Singularity.FM podcast.

During our 45 min conversation with Bill Nye, we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: why he sees himself as a science educator; differences between Bill Nye – the person, and Bill Nye – the Science Guy; playing the hand he was dealt and saving the world; emotion and logic; his measure of success and failure; mining coal and using horses; the dangers and benefits of AI; the timelines and benchmarks towards the singularity; why his big 3 issues are clean water; renewable energy and global internet access; what is science and the limits thereof; on telling a story; the importance of ethics and its origins…

As always you can listen to or download the audio file above or scroll down and watch the video interview in full. To show your support you can write a review on iTunes or make a donation.

P.S. Check out the bloopers at the end of the video 😉

Special thanks to David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg who introduced me to Bill Nye as well as Dave Gibson and his crew of generous friends without whom this interview would not have been recorded at the professional level that it was.

Who is Bill Nye?

Bill Nye is a science educator, mechanical engineer, television host and New York Times bestselling author with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society and help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye is best known for his Emmy-award winning children’s television show Bill Nye the Science Guy and his new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World. As a trusted science educator, Nye has appeared on numerous television programs including Good Morning America, CNN New Day, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Real Time with Bill Maher. He currently splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

Bill Nye Science Guy – the Documentary:

Bill Nye embarks on a quest to change the world through science advocacy and education. With intimate and exclusive access, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy,” as he inspires Millennials to participate in STEM. With wonder and whimsy, the film will follow Bill’s journey to change the world… with science.

 

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  • Sorry Socrates, I usually love your Podcasts as they are intellectually stimulating, but I didn’t enjoy this one. I expected more from Bill Nye interview. Didn’t feel as if I found out much about his views, only that he thinks a robot uprising is not going to happen and that he is dismissive of Ray Kurzweil (Which is fine, there are certainly skeptics of Ray Kurzweil’s views which I would be somewhat, BUT I just felt he was being downright insulting). TBH it felt like he was trying to be the interviewer, and that he had an axe to grind. The interview with Frank J Tippler was better (whatever you think of the man, he at least let you spoke more than Nye did and had a lot more interesting stuff to say.) If I had come across the man, I would be adding my views to the website, http://brobible.com/life/article/never-meet-your-heroes-askreddit-celebrities/

  • billy lee

    great production and timing. i loved observing the two of you in one setting. very stimulating.

    thoroughly enjoyed this very important and necessary discussion 🙂

    my interpretations:

    billy nye is well aware of and interested in provoking human response. he is a public figure who is looking to influence his audience by tailoring his messages for today’s humans to be on path to taking practical actions. while his approach may appear irrational to the (overly) rational and critical mind, it must be noted that his approach does give us a rare opportunity to challenge our irrational mind that habitually tries to draw full circles, to make sense of our reality only with information and realizations that we have acquired so far.

    bill nye realizes his responsibility and position. his firm and complete stance appearing as a human being is to be understood as his intention and gesture for relatability and response to and from his audience.

    bill nye realizes that humans are not “science” and emphasize on the need to continue to question our biggest barriers toward achieving more constructive, efficient and responsive future. his attitude displayed regarding ray kurzweil, i believe, is to this effort. he wasn’t being insulting as seamus have commented below nor that was his intention. bill wishes to see more power and intelligence from the general public through questioning and having doubts of the messages and messengers of our times. oftentimes, this is our own cognitive processes and patterns that most of us tend to neglect and rarely given opportunity to reflect on.

    i especially appreciated the fact that bill was interested and made importance of talking to nik about reflecting on his “ethics”. as it is clear to me as a long time follower of nik and friend that his “ethics” is to be seen as a fortress and guiding principle in all that he has become, does, and is controlling of his views that takes up a lot of his time and energy. on this note, i believe bill was very caring and insightful to take interest in discussing the matter, for nik, and for all the human minds he is able to reach.

    “bring it on nikola!”: bill wants and sees need for game of polarity (toward his visions of change)

    great performer and humans of our times 🙂

    thank you nik. thank you bill.

  • billy lee

    have you seen nik’s interview with seth godin and noam chomsky? when it comes to interacting with public figures, their gesture and messages, i become very interested in their intent. then there, in the area of unknown and unthought of, i usually find potential answers, also relatable and insightful questions that help me expand and better explore the roles they take on. my ability to relate and empathize with more humans and situations also expands with this mindset. there was time i always trusted my gut reactions and tried to put it in words best i could but over time and much reflection i realized that it was not necessary for growth. there was more to gain from doubting myself and seeing more in others. best.

  • aeon fluxx

    Hi Socrates,
    thank you for THIS and your!! podcasts. [my favorite one is with Geordie Rose]
    Scienctists are close to the future. now he is on the climate. [Socrates] please check out and INTERVIEW “Stefan Rahmsdorf” [german oceanographer and climatologist].
    hi is on to something. [e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhLOZ_bbgzQ%5D
    TNX!

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