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Hey Bill Nye! Would the world be better without religion?

This week, Bill Nye tackles one of the most complicated hypotheticals of all time.

Hey Bill Nye! Do you believe in free will?

Is the idea of “choice” real or is choice just an idea in our heads? Are our brains inventing our own answers before we’ve even thought them through? The answer might surprise you.

Hey Bill Nye! What if I’m not a science person?

High school junior Caitlin is worried. She wants to be a scientist but is struggling with it a little bit in school—is there hope for her career?

Hey Bill Nye! Would Humanity Make Peace with Aliens—or War?

Once we discover alien life out there, humanity will never be the same.

Hey Bill Nye! Do the Laws of Nature Allow for God?

Physics finds no trace of God so far—but does it matter?

Hey Bill Nye! Is the Multiverse a Paradoxical Idea?

The Many Worlds Interpretation is just one of a few multiverse hypotheses—but is there a glaring paradox in this popular idea?

Hey Bill Nye! What Do You Consider Your Greatest Achievement?

Bill Nye is the CEO of The Planetary Society, has his own Netflix show, flew on Air Force One with President Obama, and has at least six honorary doctorate degrees. But there's one thing that makes him prouder than all that combined.

Hey Bill Nye! Will We All Lose Our Jobs to Robots?

Job automation will need to strike a delicate balance — we want enough to make our lives more comfortable, but no more than that.\r\n

Hey Bill Nye! What's Your Fondest Memory of Carl Sagan?

Science makes the heart grow fonder. Want proof? Just watch Bill Nye as he remembers time spent with the legendary cosmologist Carl Sagan.

Hey Bill Nye! How Do You Reason with a Science Skeptic?

Whether it's palm reading, climate denial, or straight-up illuminati finger pointing, people all around us – and including us – have world views that are inconsistent with evidence.

Hey Bill Nye! Should Humans Go Vegan to Slow Global Warming?

Methane gases from livestock production is contributing to the acceleration of global warming. Is a plant-based diet a smart way for individuals to curb the effects of climate change?

Hey Bill Nye! Does Consciousness Transcend the Brain?

If you cloned yourself perfectly, would the clone have the same mind? At the heart of this question is an investigation into what – and where – consciousness is.

How Media Polarization Warped the Climate Change Debate

Ding-ding! Here's round two of the viral Bill Nye vs. Tucker Carlson Fox News debate. The Science Guy replies, without interruptions, and makes Tucker Carlson an offer.

Discoveries in the TRAPPIST-1 System Could "Change the Course of Human History"

Are we alone in the universe? NASA's exploration of TRAPPIST-1 has the potential to answer one of humanity's deepest questions.

NASA: The Beating Heart of America's Innovation Industry

As its CEO, Bill Nye lays out the missions The Planetary Society would like to see NASA focus on over the next 20 years. NASA by nature goes where the future is, and Nye can't help but think of another industry that should follow suit.

Hey Bill Nye! Our Brains Are All the Same, So Why Aren’t People Identical?

Human minds are all powered by the same organ, so why do we have such strong preferences and diverse favorite things? Bill Nye lets us in on an example from his life.

Hey Bill Nye! What If the World Were Run by Scientists and Engineers?

What if the vision wasn't just to have politicians who are science literate, but actual scientists running the joint – would it be any better than it is now?

Hey Bill Nye! Is Time Real?

Time is this wild fourth dimension in nature, says Bill Nye. We depend on its neat measurements for survival – but subjectively it continues to elude us.

Hey Bill Nye! What If Life Had Evolved From Viruses?

Evolutionary biologists generally agree that humans evolved from a bacteria-like ancestor, rather than a viral one. But what if we're chemically connected?

Hey Bill Nye! What Technology Can We Expect to Have 50 Years From Now?

If we could jump 50 years into the future, what will our world look like? Flying cars? Hologram phones? Bill Nye sees two technological paths ahead – and we're in the fork between them at this very moment.

Hey Bill Nye! Could Scientists Today Create Frankenstein’s Monster?

Has technology advanced enough that we could stitch together body parts and reanimate the dead? Bill Nye one-ups that old-school Frankenstein vision with newer (and cooler) scientific possibilities.

Hey Bill Nye! What's the Best Way to Handle Overpopulation?

How will we deal with the impending overpopulation crisis – and how much of a crisis is it anyway?

Hey Bill Nye! Is Cold Fusion Possible?

Did you know that our fascination with cold fusion — unlimited energy created at room temperature — all began with the holder of the first patent for the television?

Hey Bill Nye! Do You Think about Your Mortality?

The days may seem long, but life itself is rather short. Bill Nye the Science Guy puts the human lifespan into perspective with a hard look at the numbers that define our time on Earth.

Hey Bill Nye! If Scientific Discoveries Are Dangerous, Should They Be Censored?

There is censorship in science, admits Bill Nye – but not nearly as much as there should be.

Hey Bill Nye! Why Don't Gas Giants Have Gas Moons?

A very small person asks a very big question: why aren't the moons of gaseous planets also made of gas?

Hey Bill Nye! How Do I Engage Skeptics in Meaningful Climate Change Discussion?

Climate change is a topic that's politically charged rather than scientifically charged. Bill Nye offers tips for how those on the side of science can begin to have meaningful conversations with skeptics.

Hey Bill Nye! What's the Evolutionary Purpose of Music and Art?

The impulse to create art and music comes from deep evolutionary drives, explains Bill Nye the Science Guy. In the animal kingdom, song and visual displays are great tools for, um, flirting.

Hey Bill Nye! Why Do I Have to Go to School?

Bill Nye the Science Guy says we all go through a phase of disliking school. But that's because adolescence is a tough time in life for everyone. Thankfully, that phase is only temporary.

Hey Bill Nye! What Will Happen to Earth as the Moon Drifts Away from It?

Farewell Moon, we barely knew you. Bill Nye knows the Moon is moving away from Earth 1.48 inches per year. Will it keep drifting further away, and what happens to Earth when it does?

Bill Nye on Gravitational Waves: There's Nothing "Basic" About Basic Research

Bill Nye is always dressed for a party, but this time his celestial bow-tie pays respect to one of our era's greatest discoveries: gravitational waves.

Hey Bill Nye! Are We More a Product of Our Genes, or of Our Lifestyle?

Why are we the way that we are - is it nature or nurture? This week, Bill Nye answers a question from Evan, who is having a science argument with his mom.

Hey Bill Nye! Why Don't Computers Allow Us to Talk Directly to Animals?

Could we use computers to translate animal communication into human language? If so, what would we learn? And might it unlock a new understanding of existence and our place in the cosmos?

3D Printing Is Awesome, Says Bill Nye, But It’s Nothing Compared to What’s Coming

Bill Nye casts his mind to the future to give us a picture of how the descendants of our current 3D printing technology will change our ways and our world.

Hey Bill Nye! What Can One Person Do to Save the World?

Can one person save the world? This week, Bill Nye finds hope in middle-school student Victoria, who asks what she can do to pull her weight in our current environmental crisis.

Bill Nye: From Ebola to Climate Change, Science Illiterate Leaders Endanger Us All

Danger is at hand, and you may have voted for it. Science educator Bill Nye weaves a passionate argument for the importance of science literacy in a country's elected leaders.

Hey Bill Nye! Which Extinct Animal Would You Like to See Alive Again?

Given all the animals that have gone extinct during Earth's 4.5 billion year history, Bill Nye would venture back to the 1700s to revive a lovable lost sea animal then living off the coast of Alaska.

Hey Bill Nye! Is There a Conspiracy to Cover Up Agricultural Climate Change?

Methane is a significant greenhouse gas, so how come we hear so much about fossil fuels? Is there a vast bovine conspiracy hiding the impact of the agricultural industry from the public eye?

Hey Bill Nye! Is a Sense of Humor Exclusive to Human Beings?

Is the animal kingdom oblivious to our jokes or just a really tough crowd? Bill Nye explores the link between intelligence and humor.

Hey Bill Nye! How Will We Know When to Believe a Time Traveler?

If someone comes back from the future, they ought to have packed one thing in their carry on: proof.

Top Video of 2016 #8: ‘Hey Bill Nye, Could the Government Be Hiding Extraterrestrials From Us?’

Peel off your tin-foil hat like a Hershey’s Kiss, because Bill Nye has a reality check for the alien conspiracy theorists out there.

Hey Bill Nye! Do You Believe in Ghosts and the Afterlife?

Bill Nye tackles a tough question that every person alive has been hung up on – what happens after we die? Where does our life energy go?

Hey Bill Nye! Can We Use Giant Magnets to Build a Space Elevator?

Bill Nye answers a question submitted by Nick: is it possible to take two giant magnets and use the repulsion force between the two to lift objects into space?

Bill Nye: Worrying about the Robo-pocalypse Is a First-World Problem

Bill Nye laughs in the face of the robo-pocalypse. Or more accurately, he laughs at those who worry that AI might run amok. If we build robots that want to kill us, he says, we can just unplug them.

Hey Bill Nye! If Humans Colonize Mars, How Will We Evolve?

Colonizing Mars is a romantic notion but if it was possible, how would our bodies hold up and how would future generations evolve on a lower-gravity planet?

Hey Bill Nye! Can We Bridge the Gap Between Science and Religion?

Bill Nye answers the big one: Can faith and science can co-exist, or is religious belief dependent on ignoring science?

Hey Bill Nye! If There Is a God, Should We Obey It?

Science Guy Bill Nye is thrown a deep religious hypothetical: If there is a god that is truly good, intelligent and all-knowing, should we submit to its governance?

3 Things That Changed Bill Nye's Mind about So-Called "Frankenfoods"

Bill Nye once thought of GMO foods as ethically hazardous, but with thorough industry regulations and growing food pressures, he's come to embrace the genetic mutants on our plates.

Hey Bill Nye! Is Playing the Lottery Rational?

This week, Bill Nye the Science Guy talks about the chances of winning the lottery, and re-frames the system as a tax on the people who can least afford it.

Hey Bill Nye! Can I Have Superpowers?

This week, Bill Nye the Science Guy weighs in on the reality of the timeless superhero wish, how not to break your legs while trying comic book moves, and the human virtues of Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker.

Zoos Enrich Our Lives but Cost Animals Their Dignity, Says Bill Nye

Responding to the shooting of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, Bill Nye says the treatment of animals in zoos is plainly unethical. Yet zoos do have a role in maintaining the health of ecosystems.

Hey Bill Nye! Why Do We Grow Old and Die?

Immortal animals would have a better chance of longterm survival, or to survive as a species, so why do animals grow old and die? Bill Nye the Science Guy explains a hard fact of evolution.

Bill Nye: Don't Just Take Action to Stop Climate Change — Talk about It, Too

Taking individual steps to affect the course of climate change is valuable, but collective action is more essential. To get there, we must talk about climate change, says Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Hey Bill Nye! How Do We Know the Earth Is Round?

Modern "theories" suggesting the Earth is flat are ignorant of basic experiential data, historical scientific findings, and how technologies like smartphone functions, says Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Bill Nye: How NASA Can Get Humans to Mars by 2033

NASA could get a crew of astronauts to orbit Mars by 2033 without increasing its budget beyond the rate of inflation, says Bill Nye the Science Guy. That's exciting news.

Hey Bill Nye! What Makes Music So Human and So Powerful?

Music is an undeniably powerful force, and the science behind it suggests we create music because of some deeply rooted impulses. Bill Nye the Science Guy explains how deep our love of music is.

Hey Bill Nye! Do I Have to Choose Between a Science and Arts Education?

Bill Nye the Science Guy explains how reinvigorating basic research and development in our schools resulted in the acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and why new acronyms are emerging.

Hey Bill Nye! Do Laws of Math Apply near Black Holes and the Edge of Space?

Calculus was invented by Isaac Newton in the middle of the 17th century, so does a historically contingent event hold true everywhere in the universe, even near black holes? Bill Nye the Science Guy replies to a Big Think fan.

Hey Bill Nye! Let's Save Planet Earth before We Move to Mars

Why can't we marshal the enthusiasm we have for exploring Mars to solve problems on planet Earth? Bill Nye says we're natural explorers and that potential discoveries on Mars have captured our imagination.

Hey Bill Nye! What If the Earth Were a Cube Instead of a Ball?

Understanding the shape of the Earth is all about its mass, says Bill Nye the Science Guy. If it weren't for all the water, rocks, metals, and lava on our planet, it might have an irregular form.

Life on Earth Thrives Thanks to the Same System Driving Climate Change

Nature is a delicate balancing act, says Bill Nye the Science Guy. It's important we understand that the same system making Earth warm enough to live on is also driving climate change.

Hey Bill Nye! Is the Expansion of the Universe Gaining Speed?

Edwin Hubble's discovery that the universe is expanding changed not only the way we think of the universe, but also how we understand the passage of time. Bill Nye the Science Guy explains...

Hey Bill Nye! How Will Quantum Mechanics Change the World?

Echoing Bill Nye's favorite phrase, Tom from Western Australia asks after the practical implications of quantum mechanics. It's a tough sell, explains Nye, but computing power is on the short list.

Hey Bill Nye! Can We Desalinate Water for Human Consumption on a Massive Scale?

The ability to desalinate water on an industrial scale would change the world, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, bringing fresh water to populations all over the globe that currently going without.

Hey Bill Nye! Can Science Eradicate Religion and Myth from Politics?

Religious practices run deep in many cultures and their influence will be slow to fade away. But this shouldn't deter a scientific outlook from helping us make practical decisions in life.

Hey Bill Nye! Is Art as Important as Science?

As a science educator, Bill Nye the Science Guy has needed artistic conventions to communicate knowledge and information to his audience. That's just one reason why we need art, he says.

Hey Bill Nye! Does Science Have All the Answers or Should We Do Philosophy Too?

Philosophy is a worthwhile endeavor, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, though the answers it offers are frequently limited by human rationality. Science, on the other hand, surprises us!

Hey Bill Nye! How Much Energy Would It Take to Power a Time Machine?

Bill Nye the Science Guy tackles the perennially challenging topic of time travel. Whether we can ultimately travel through time may depend on the speed of our yet-to-be-invented time machine.

Hey Bill Nye! Is It Possible to Ask Too Many Questions?

When Mike asks Bill Nye the Science Guy if asking too many questions is really a thing, Nye responds with a surprising answer.

Hey Bill Nye! Should I Give Up My Love of Classic Cars for Electric Ones?

Elijah Bender, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, asks Bill Nye if our nostalgia for classic muscle cars will soon be a thing of the past.

Hey Bill Nye! How Will We Search for Life on Jupiter's Moon, Europa?

The mission to explore Europa, the moon of Jupiter with twice as much seawater as Earth, has entered "phase B," meaning the project now has funding from Congress.

Hey Bill Nye! Do Humans Have Free Will?

Bill Nye answers a question from Thomas: "Is there really an independent ego that is in control of my every thought and action?"

Bill Nye Explains How Evolution Gave Us the Golden Rule

Charlie comes to Bill with a question about the balance between the ethics of scientific concepts and those scientific concepts in and of themselves. In response, the Science Guy demonstrates how the two ideas — an idea and its ethical implications — are innately inseparable.

Bill Nye: We Can Still Save the Planet — Paris, 2015

The world was able to completely revolutionize warfare between the start of World War I and World War II. Who's to say we can't replicate that sort of rapid change over the next 20 years, except with a goal of improving the environment?

Hey Bill Nye! Santa's Got a Bone to Pick with You

The man in red has a challenge for everyone's favorite Science Guy.

Hey Bill Nye! How Do I Escape Religion?

It's vital to adopt a critical approach to life and familiarize yourself with skeptical thinking. But Bill Nye cannot stress it enough: Do not confuse skepticism with cynicism.

Hey Bill Nye! Is Human Empathy an Evolutionary Advantage?

A young Norwegian has a burning question about evolution and human feelings. Is it only our bodies that evolve, or do our emotions adapt to the world, too?

Hey Bill Nye! I Have an Inheritable Disease. Should I Have Kids?

William wants to have kids someday. William has cystic fibrosis, an inheritable disease. How should he approach this dilemma?

Hey Bill Nye! Does the Universe Go on Forever?

Young Aaron asks the Science Guy about the uncountable lengths of space. Bill responds with a challenge.

Hey Bill Nye! What If We're Descended from Extraterrestrials?

Such a question assumes we'd be able to contact aliens should we find them. Bill's not entirely sure we'll be able to.

Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?

The Science Guy argues that most anti-abortion legislation is derived from outdated beliefs that predate smart science by 50 centuries.

Climate Change Keeps Me Up At Night, Says Bill Nye

This week's question arrives via Big Think producer Elizabeth -- What's Bill Nye frightened of? In two words: climate change.

Hey Bill Nye! Are We the Universe?

Bill takes us on a journey through a skeptic's brain to answer a question about spiritual existence.

Hey Bill Nye! What is Our Place in the Future of the Universe?

The universe is going to keep going with or without us. All we can control is how much we learn and explore.

Hey Bill Nye! Could Hydraulic Knees Help the Elderly?

Bill Nye is an engineer by trade, so you know his answer to this one is going to be good. Learn how the rudder of a Boeing 747 can potentially inspire an inventor to develop a better brand of prosthetics.

Hey Bill Nye! If You Fall Into a Black Hole, Where Do You Go?

It's Tuesday, which means we've got another submitted question for Bill Nye to answer. The topic this week is the same as last week: black holes.

Hey Bill Nye! Does Forever Exist?

This week's question arrives from the Philippines, courtesy of Amy. Bill dissects the question before giving several possible answers.

Hey Bill Nye! What If We Were Intelligently Designed?

Asked what a universal superintelligent designer would be like, Bill Nye the Science Guy takes an evolutionary approach: In a way, we designed ourselves. #TuesdaysWithBill

Hey Bill Nye! Does Homosexuality Make Evolutionary Sense?

An anonymous viewer asks Bill whether homosexuality makes sense from an evolutionary and genetic standpoint. Bill's response? Homosexuality exists across species and none of them are dying out anytime soon.

Hey Bill Nye! What’s Science Good for Outside of School?

On this week's Tuesdays With Bill, Lillian has the whole summer ahead of her, and wants to know what kind of science-related activities she can do outside of the classroom.

Hey Bill Nye! Should We Throw Our Trash Into Space?

On this week's Tuesdays With Bill, Rachel, a Columbia University student, asks two questions for the price of one: What would happen if a human being went the speed of light, and why don't we just eject our trash into outer space?

Hey Bill Nye! Are You for or against Fracking?

So let's talk about fracking. It isn't a terrible idea in theory, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, but it can't be allowed to go unregulated. This is because new technologies have promoted irresponsible fracturing practices with severe environmental and public health consequences.

Hey Bill Nye! How Did You Come Up With the Idea for the LightSail?

In today's edition of #TuesdaysWithBill, 8-year-old Shya asks Bill Nye about the LightSail satellite, a solar sailing spacecraft launched by the Planetary Society and currently "sailing" around us in space.

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