Neil deGrasse Tyson: Buzzkill of Science

  • Aired:  11/14/13
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson debunks the science behind zombies and shares a haunting tale of the universe's eventual heat death. (5:06)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

SCIENCE, SCIENCE, SCIENCE.

WE'VE ALL SLEPT THROUGH IT.

BUT DID YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLEACTUALLY LIKE IT? SUCH AS NOTED

ASTROPHYSICIST NEIL DEGRASSETYSON

WHO USES SCIENCE TO CORRECTSOME OF HUMANITIES GREATEST

MISUNDERSTANDINGS.

>> THE FILM "GRAVITY" IS OFFTO AN ASTRONOMICAL START.

>> NEIL DEGRASSE TYSONDIRECTOR OF NEW YORK'S

HAYDEN PLANETARIUMCRITICIZED THE MOVIE AS

SCIENTIFICALLY INACCURATE.

>> TYSON TWEETED MYSTERIESOF GRAVITY, WHY BULLOCK'S

HAIR DID NOT FLOAT FREELY ONHER HEAD.

>> THE BEGINNING OF YOURPROGRAM, YOUR EARTH IS

SPINNING THE WRONG DIRECTION.

>> SON OF A BITCH!

I MAY HAVE OVERREACTED TOTHAT ONE.

HE IS ON TO SOMETHING HEREWE'LL SOON FIND OUT IN OUR

BRAND-NEW SEGMENT NEILDEGRASSE TYSON, BUZZKILL OF

SCIENCE.

(APPLAUSE)WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT

(APPLAUSE)WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT

THIS.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FORTHIS BRAND-NEW SEGMENT.

>> THANK YOU, JON, GOOD TOBE BACK.

>> Jon: TONIGHT ON NEILDEGRASSE TYSON BUZZKILL OF

SCIENCE, ZOMBIES!

WALKING DEAD IS A RUNAWAYTELEVISION HIT, THE ZOMBIE

APOCALYPSE IS CLEARLY ONEVERYONE'S MIND.

ZOMBIES, COULD IT HAPPEN,LET THE DEBUNKING BEGIN.

>> ACTUALLY, IT'S NOT REALLYWHAT I DO.

WHAT I DO, INSTEAD, ISCORRECT ERRORS IN OTHERWISE

SEEMINGLY ACCURATEPORTRAYALS OF SCIENCE.

ZOMBIES ARE NOTHING MORETHAN A FANTASY THAT

WILLFULLY IGNORES LAWS OFPHYSICS AND PHYSIOLOGY LIKE

BACKYARDS TIME TRAVEL ORLOVE.

(LAUGHTER)>> Jon: YOU'RE TELLING ME

WHEN YOU ARE WATCHING THEWALKING DEAD, THESE ZOMBIE

MOVIES YOU'RE NOT MENTALLYCATALOGING ALL THE THINGS

SCIENTIFICALLY THATTHEY ARE GETTING WRONG.

>> FIRST, JON, I DON'TREALLY WATCH TELEVISION.

>> Jon: I UNDERSTAND.

>> WHAT I DO, THIS IS WHAT IDO-- DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA

HOW MUCH EXCITEMENT THERE ISIN A SINGLE DROP OF WATER?

(LAUGHTER)>> Jon: NO.

>> IT'S A UNIVERSE OFMICROBES.

>> Jon: OKAY.

HEY, SO IS IT TRUE THAT THEONLY WAY TO KILL A ZOMBIE IS

TO SHOOT IT IN THE HEAD?

>> JON, PLEASE, YOU CANNOTKILL SOMETHING THAT IS

ALREADY DEAD.

WITHOUT A FUNCTIONINGCIRCULATORY SYSTEM

DISTRIBUTING OXYGENATEDBLOOD, A ZOMBIE'S MUSCLES

WOULD SUCCOMB TO RIGORMORTIS.

THEY COULDN'T EVEN STAND LETALONE WALK.

THEY HAVE NO DESIRE TO EATBRAINS BECAUSE THE FATTY

TISSUE WOULD HAVE STOPPEDPRODUCING THE HORMONE

LEPTIN WHICH TRIGGERS THESENSATION OF HUNGER IN THE

FIRST PLACE.

JUST SAYING.

(APPLAUSE)>> Jon: SO IF I GET BIT BY A

ZOMBIE DO I TURN INTO AZOMBIE.

>> OF COURSE NOT.

ZOMBIEISM CAN'T SPREADTHROUGH MASTICATION.

>> Jon: THAT IS HOW THEYSPREAD IT?

I ALWAYS THOUGHT THEY HAD TOBITE YOU.

>> NO, BEING CHEWED ON BY AZOMBIE.

>> Jon: GOOD, BECAUSE THEYSPREAD IT THE OTHER WAY, I

MEAN-- WE REALLY WOULD BE INTHE MIDDLE OF A ZOMBIE

APOCALYPSE RIGHT NOW.

AND QUITE FRANKLY, I WOULDBE THE LEADER.

>> ZOMBIES ARE A GOODANALOGY FOR VIRAL

OUTBREAKS BUT WHENSOMETHING BITES YOU, YOU

DON'T TURN INTO THAT THING.

AND EVEN IF THAT WASREMOTABLY POSSIBLE, THEN

EVANDER HOLYFIELD WOULD HAVETURNED INTO MIKE TYSON YEARS

AGO.

>> Jon: YOU'RE SAYING NO WAY,NO WAY ZOMBIES EXIST.

>> JON, LET'S NOT GO THATFAR, OKAY. I'M A SCIENTIST.

I HAVE TO BE OPEN TO EVERYPOSSIBILITY.

WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING HUMANEARTHLING ZOMBIES BUT I

CAN'T SAY SOMEWHERE IN THEINFINITE REACHES OF THE COSMOS

THERE ISN'TA HEAVENLY PLANET THAT

EVOLVED A LIFE FORMCAPABLE OF REANIMATING AND

FEEDING UPON THE ORGANSOF THE LIVING.

>> Jon: HOLY [BLEEP] I KNOWWHAT IS HAPPENING HERE.

>> SPACE ZOMBIES.

>> Jon: SPACE ZOMBIES, IKNEW IT!

YOU ARE AFRAID OF SPACEZOMBIES.

>> NO, NO, NO, NOT AT ALL.

I'M AFRAID OF REAL THINGS.

>> Jon: REAL THINGS?

LIKE-- LIKE HOW TRILLIONS OFYEARS FROM NOW THE

IRREVERSIBLE INCREASE IN ENTROPYAND OUR ASYMPTOTIC DESCENT

ABSOLUTE ZERO WILL LEAVE THEUNIVERSE AS NOTHING MORE

THAN A COLD, INERT WASTELAND, DEVOID OF LIFE,

MOVEMENT, AND EVEN THE VERYCONCEPT OF ENERGY.

>> Jon: YOU'RE FREAKINGEVERYBODY OUT.

YOU KNOW I CAN JUST TURN THELIGHTS BACK ON, BRING THEM

BACK UP.

BRING THEM BACK UP, SO YOUHAVE THE POWER TO DO THAT

BUT NOT MAKE THE GLOBE INYOUR OPENING CREDITS TURN

THE RIGHT WAY?

MOTHER [BLEEP] TYSON!

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