In light of this late career change, critics have begun addressing some key issues on which they believe Nye has seemingly backtracked or changed his rhetoric. Among the purported flip-flops? The origins of human life.
“If you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it … has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue, whom are you going to imprison?” Nye asked in a 2015 Big Think video about abortion. “Every woman whose 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?”
Nye went on to say that some critics’ push-back on the life issue is “just a reflection of a deep scientific lack of understanding.” Watch his remarks below: