Bill Nye has altered the science. Pray he does not alter it further.

Remember when Bill Nye was an inoffensive childrens’ actor? Now it seems he is the arbiter of what is Sciencetm.

‘Bill Nye’ Episode on Netflix Omits Segment Saying Chromosomes Determine Gender

In the original episode [of Bill Nye the Science Guy], titled “Probability,” a young woman told viewers, “I’m a girl. Could have just as easily been a boy, though, because the probability of becoming a girl is always 1 in 2.”

“See, inside each of our cells are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl, ” the young woman continued. “See, there are only two possibilities: XX, a girl, or XY, a boy.”

But in the version of the episode uploaded to Netflix, the segment has been cut entirely. While noncontroversial at the time, the 1996 segment appears to contradict Netflix’s new series “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

The new show endorses a socially liberal understanding of gender, under which gender is defined by self-identification rather than genetics and there are more than just the two traditional genders.

I’m pretty sure he got it more nearly right the first time, but what do I know? I’m just an old mechanic. Bill Nye has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, in the course of acquiring which I’m sure he learned loads about genetics and social constructs and shit like that.

What he seems to have forgotten after all these years, though, is that he’s not actually a scientist. He never even played one on TV very convincingly.

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6 Responses to Bill Nye has altered the science. Pray he does not alter it further.

  1. Zelda says:

    Chromosomes can be more varied than XX and XY. They can be XXX, XXY, or XYY or ???? This has been common science knowledge for a very long time. Because phenotype doesn’t always express genotype, most people will never know what their chromosomes are and don’t care. There’s a spectrum or range of chromosome patterns and phenotypes for males and females. It often happens that people considering a gender change will have chromosome tests but they may or may not indicate what phenotype or gender the person should express because we just don’t know enough about all the interactions and effects. Sex or gender determination is also defined by hormones acting on the developing human, and they can arrive too early or too late, or not find the needed receptors or find enough of them.. “Gender” is a continuium, not an either-or. Many cultures have recognized this for as long as anyone remembers. Ours hasn’t but that doesn’t make the issues go away. But just saying… I’m not a biologist and I’ve never played one on TV.

  2. jabrwok says:

    Calling it a “spectrum” rather over-states the case. The vast, vast majority of people are either XX or XY. There are a tiny minority of defectives, but in statistical terms they’re insignificant. A species cannot consist of a significant percentage of individuals who do not fall into one of the two predominant sexes or it would simply fail to perpetuate itself. The current insistence that fractions of a percent are “normal” is ridiculous, especially as it invites rejection of the reality required to perpetuate the species.

    When the man/woman dyad comes to be considered “oppressive”, then you’ve got a society that’s gone insane and is actively working towards its own extinction.

  3. Robert says:

    Inquiring (but lazy) minds want to know: is this Bill’s doing or Netflix?

  4. MJR says:

    I’ve lost all respect for Bill Nye since he has turned into a climate change zealot who has no problem with climate change skeptics being locked up. The very fact that a “scientist” exhibits such a closed mind by refusing to entertain other views on a subject is repugnant to me.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/04/15/does-bill-nye-really-want-to-put-climate-change-deniers-in-jail/

  5. Anonymous says:

    Zelda, non-XX/XY births are rare; around 1:1,600 overall. Combination that can express as intersex are far rarer; 1;83,00 to 1:130,000. And that’s births; some of those combinations prove fatal at an early age. Some are survivable, but with various physical and mental defects.

    If I see a big, burly, hairy guy who says he’s a woman, the odds are much greater that he has a mental disorder than an allosome mutation.

    One’s genetic sex matters, and is not a mere social construct. Gene expression in the allosomes X and Y are different. They can affect drug interactions and carry gender-specific genetic diseases (think female-carried hemophilia).

    If one has a XX allosome set, but believes one is a man, belief doesn’t change the possibility of uterine cancer.

  6. Every time I see Bill Nye , I want to reach for my ax handle. He’s such a pompous little prig, and needs a serious attitude adjustment with an attitude alignment too.

To the stake with the heretic!