Bill Nye tried to put to bed the long-running criticism that he’s not really “The Science Guy,” something his opponents gravitate towards if you do a quick Google search. It’s one of those things that constantly pops up, especially now that Nye is a vocal dissenter of government policy towards science and back in the limelight on Netflix. But still, he has to face the music and explain why he’s really “The Science Guy” when his background is in mechanical engineering. Now this wouldn’t matter to someone like me who believes all science is magic and we were birthed by a dragon in some space volcano that seeded the planet, but real scientists might have an issue with Bill Nye running around calling himself by some fake name.
Luckily, Nye’s defense is pretty solid. He spells it out for Colbert and sends it to that base level we can all understand: