Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Bill Nye: Science Guy": Feature film on PBS POV

PBS POV produced “Bill Nye: Science Guy” itself as a feature film (85 minutes), aired Wednesday April 18 at 10 PN EDT, with a brief director interview afterward (directors are David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg ).
The documentary showed Nye as a science teacher, well known for his 30 minute show, and family man. Before it visits the Genesis Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati, setting up a confrontation with creationism.
Neil de Grasse Tyson (from Columbia) appears, and Carl Sagan is sometimes shown in clips.

Later Nye shows footage from a solar sail “space ship” driven by photons.

Nye claims it is morally irresponsible to teach religious doctrine alone as if it replaces science.
The film also examines the climate change debate, using Greenland ice core samples to make the point.  The deniers simply view their world differently, more in terms of immediate visible experience controlled by social structures around them.

Picture: March for Science rally, Washington DC, April 14, 2018. 

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