When astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson dropped by Real Time tonight, Bill Maher couldn’t resist showing him a National Review cover story about Tyson called “Smarter Than Thou,” about the cult of Tyson and “puffed-up ‘nerd’ culture” in America. And Maher had a simple question for Tyson: why does he think the right dislikes him so much?
Maher, of course, had his own theory, telling Tyson they don’t like him “’cause you’re a scientist, and you’re a black one,” and they resent that he’s smarter than them. Tyson noted that there “appears to be some jealousy” on the right that the “nerd set” tends to vote more Democratic.
Maher also brought up broader scientific theories that he said Republicans object to, like the idea that earth life is very insignificant in the scope of things. Tyson argued it’s actually amazing to imagine how everything is connected, that humans are linked to trees and all other forms of life.
Watch the video here, via HBO:
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