Is Bill Nye one of the mysterious “they” that Kyrie Irving was talking about last week? Irving, as you know by now, has expressed his belief that the Earth is flat — there’s just no way, he says, that we’re revolving around the Sun.
While the rest of us laugh it up about Irving’s astrophysical beliefs, Nye, host of the television series Bill Nye the Science Guy from 1993 to 1998, actually expressed sadness over the fact that an otherwise intelligent-seeming adult would act so foolishly in public.
Nye was critical of Irving in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover. Nye called Irving’s belief “heartbreaking.”:
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) February 20, 2017
Irving made his original comments this past Thursday in an interview on the Road Trippin’ With RJ & Channing podcast. Irving:
“No, the Earth is flat. It is flat. All of these things that they keep giving us … is the Earth flat, or is it round? I think you need to do research on it. It’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”
Ironically, Bill Nye is the first to say that people should be skeptical: he’s a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a scientific and educational organization that promotes scientific inquiry.
But in an interview by John Rael for the Independent Investigation Group IIG, Nye said that his “concern right now is scientific illiteracy.”
Irving attempted to distance himself from the flat-Earth debate during All-Star weekend when talking to a reporter on Saturday.