Bill Nye has undergone quite the ideological evolution since his”Science Guy” days. Once a quirky, lighthearted kids show host, Nye is more known today for his liberal politics and for his controversial new Netflix show that includes adult language and themes.
In light of this late career change, critics have begun addressing some key issues on which they believe Nye has seemingly backtracked or changed his rhetoric. Among the purported flip-flops? The origins of human life.
“If you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it … has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue, whom are you going to imprison?” Nye asked in a 2015 Big Think video about abortion. “Every woman whose had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy whose sperm has fertilized an egg and then it didn’t become a human? Have all these people failed you?”
Nye went on to say that some critics’ push-back on the life issue is “just a reflection of a deep scientific lack of understanding.” Watch his remarks below:
But this week, the Daily Wire circulated a 1993 clip from Nye’s former show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” that writer Zach Miley said proves “Bill taught human life and personhood started at conception.”
From the Daily Wire:
In a clip depicting how a ‘person’ is made, Bill explains, ‘You and me, and every person, became a person the same way,’ when a sperm cell fertilizes an egg cell. Bill even goes so far as to say the resulting zygote from fertilization was his baby picture.
Watch the clip in question starting at the 9:50-mark below:
“This brand new combination of genes immediately springs into action to make the new cell grow. One cell divides into two cells like this,” Nye continues.
He added that these cells keep dividing “until you have all 50 trillion cells you need to make a whole new person.”
So, is there a contradiction there? Are critics simply splitting hairs? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.
(H/T: Daily Wire)
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