On Saturday morning, Bill Nye the “Science Guy” appeared on MSNBC to explain why it is President Trump’s administration is seemingly doing everything in their power to muzzle scientists.
Simply put, our new commander-in-chief is suffering from “cognitive dissonance,” Nye explains.
Nye’s comments follow President Trump’s recent signing of an executive order prohibiting individuals who work at the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture from speaking publicly about their scientific discoveries. The Trump administration also forced the EPA to remove its climate change page from its website.
During a time of climate crisis, many Americans fear the recently issued gag order will put a halt to groundbreaking scientific discovery.
According to Nye, however, the gag order isn’t the first problematic step the Trump administration has taken since assuming office. Speaking with host Joy Reid, Nye explained that “any time you’re burning fossil fuels, you authorize more pipelines, you’re headed for trouble in the big picture.”
In an attempt to unpack the president’s thought process, Nye explained:
‘But in the bigger picture is this thing, you know, this word we love, ‘cognitive dissonance,’ this phrase. You have a worldview that disagrees with what you observe. So you might expect, if you were as open-minded as a scientist, as a scientifically-literate voter or taxpayer, you might expect that data would change your mind — but that’s not how people are.’
He went on, explaining how Trump may, in fact, be becoming more entrenched in his worldview(s):
‘People on either side, the other side and this side, you double down when you find conflict, it’s called the ‘Backfire Effect,’ it backfires, and you get more entrenched in your worldview.’
Nye then went on to compare Trump to people who believe in astrology:
‘if somebody believes in astrology, it takes them about two years to get over it. You have to show them over and over there’s no such thing as astrology, it doesn’t really work, and then they let go. But everybody’s expectation that you’ll let go in a week is not going to be met.’
Nye concluded by encouraging the science community to fight back against the Trump administration, saying “we have to work, I think, diligently in the science community to fight back. Of course, there are the facts, we start with those. But there’s this human nature thing on both sides to fight back. We have our bubble over here, they have their bubble over there.”
Watch Nye’s explanation in the video below, via YouTube:
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