By Ed Schipul (originally posted to Flickr as Bill Nye) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Ed Schipul (originally posted to Flickr as Bill Nye) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bill Nye discusses the discovery of water on Mars on The Nightly Show.

Water has been found on Mars and Bill Nye is pretty amped about it. Bill Nye, the “Science Guy” was a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. He told the panel that “wherever we've found water on Earth, we have found life.” The other panelists in the discussion, Ricky Velez and Michelle Buteau, both comedians, kept implying that we shouldn't be caring about the discovery so much. Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist was “infuriated,” making an analogy to the classroom saying Nye was, “trying to share [his] wisdom with a bunch of students who don’t give a damn (and have no problem showing it).”

Bill went on trying to blow everyone's mind explaining a secondary thought process to the beginning of human life. “It's Not Crazy to Suggest Life Started on Mars… you and I, fungi….., have Descended from Martians.”

Given that The Nightly Show is on a comedy network after all, the other panelists seemed more interested in making jokes than fawning over the concepts of space discoveries. Whatever may be the case, this does not seem too different from what's happening hundreds in schools and households across the country. When asked about why they are not excited about the discovery, Valez joked that he doesn't know a reason to care about Mars, when there are so many other things to care about here on Earth. "Trump is first in polls right now! Let's defeat ISIS! How about that!" he added. He went on to say that since Trump is so eager to rule a country, let's just send him to Mars. And now since we've found water there, he'll be fine.

When Nye got a little desperate to make the panelists understand how crucial the discovery is, he went on to say that ”it is cool,” and that the discovery was made possible by a very special and small group of people dedicated to working towards a mission.

The discussion that took place may not be Larry Wilmore’s fault, but Mehta does think it is a reflection on the show’s producers for belittling such an important scientific discovery.

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