Mad Scientist Archetype
When you think of a mad scientist, you may think of someone mixing chemicals in his ivory tower. Now obviously, this is a completely fictional archetype, but it is based on the somewhat detached, intelligent scientist, an archetype which is in fact rather common. Bill Nye, though not his science guy persona, is a textbook example of a real-life “Mad Scientist”. The things that he says, though completely right, are so far from the polite, politically correct statements coming from most prominent liberals that it is both shocking and refreshing. This is because he, like mad scientist clichés, cares not for politics and maneuvering, but for facts. In a debate with several conservatives about climate change, his abrasive, superior style, which one would only see from very few other people in his position, completely outmatched his opponents, and one in fact claimed to be “bullied for disagreeing” with his facts.
Some of the highlights from his debate include:
“Let’s talk about the facts. You’re saying that they’re not true”
“So how do you wanna get public consensus, by...saying that it’s not serious [like a poll says people believe]?”
“So let’s just start with: we don’t agree on the facts.”
“Science, researchers, say yes. You [say no]”