As always, I’ve cut some material out of these quotes. Feel free to read the full article, or just to rest assured that I haven’t left out anything significant.
Oh yeah, I’m in favor of abortion. I just can’t stand this shoddy argumentation and grandstanding about the supposed scientific high ground. One way or another, we need to hash this thing out, not just have each side ignore the other because ‘we’re so obviously right! God / Science said so!’.
Bill Nye has picked a new topic to speak out on: Abortion.
Nye’s career has found a second wave in recent years as he’s taken a stand on issues like climate change and the teaching of evolution in schools. Ever The Science Guy, Nye seems to relish stepping into hot debates and dropping matter-of-fact scientific information.
As a person with a Bachelor’s in Science in Mechanical Engineering, Bill Nye is not much of a scientific authority. But he did have that show where he taught middle school level science, so, checkmate, I guess?
“We have so many more important things to be dealing with, we have so many other problems,”Nye says
Then why not cede this argument, and go deal with those problems instead ?_? Oh, because you think it’s important enough to argue about. I see.
“To squander resources on this argument based on bad science, on just lack of understanding, is very frustrating.”
The scientific facts Nye points out are nothing new: He focuses on the fact that eggs are fertilized quite frequently, and that it’s illogical to protect a fertilized egg over the interests of a woman. This is absolutely true. Scientists estimate that at least 50 percent of fertilized eggs fail to develop. From there, 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, with some researchers estimating that around 40 percent of all pregnancies do so.”If you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it therefore has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue?” he says. “Whom are you going to imprison? Every woman who’s 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?”
When somebody trips, falls, and breaks his neck in the middle of the road, who do you sue? Oh, that’s right, no one, and the same principle clearly applies here.
Basically, the argument proposed is that, because a lot of people die already, murder is then OK?
Yeah, this is true. Really wish the republican right would get on board with contraception, to be honest. Maybe we could work out a deal, swap abortions for heavy contraceptive implementation? From what I hear, free implant-style contraceptives are dynamite for unwanted pregnancies.
It’s unlikely that Nye’s video will convince anyone who wasn’t already pro-choice. The facts he presents are already out there.
So…just to clarify, Bill Nye is already wasting his time on an unimportant issue by his own admission. And he’s not even making any headway on it? Cool Story my Brother…
And historically, those who oppose the views that Nye is pushing (read: climate change deniers) have had no trouble calling him a liberal shill, or pointing out that as an engineer, he isn’t an “expert” on these particular topics. Nye probably realizes this. But since his new mission seems to be to inject scientific literacy into matters of policy, I think we can expect a lot more videos like this one in the future.
Yes, he is not an expert on these topics. That’s why his word carries no more weight than yours does. Meanwhile, he’s portrayed as some authority, and a lot of people believe this, because they watched his show as kids in school. Problem much?
Protip – until both sides are willing to listen to each other and ask the hard questions, this kind of shit will just go on and on. Liberals self-portray as the more reasonable and logical and open-minded; as a true liberal, I’m reasonable, logical, and open-minded enough to extend the hand of friendship and debate. Who’s with me?