StarTalk x The Film Theorists: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Science of Rick and Morty

Wubba lubba dub dub! On this very special video of StarTalk Radio we’re teaming up with @The Film Theorists to explore the science of Rick and Morty! Neil deGrasse Tyson is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and MatPat of The Film Theorists to dive into some iconic science portrayed on one of the most popular animated shows in recent years.
Discover more about dark matter. Rick uses dark matter to power his spaceship but MatPat wants to know if that’s actually scientifically possible. Neil tells us why the show might say dark matter but actually mean dark energy. You’ll learn more about the differences between the two and why dark energy would be more capable of being used over dark matter.
We also dive into antimatter. On Season 2, Episode 2, Rick and Morty of have to destroy a gaseous being named Fart and they do so by using an antimatter gun. So, what exactly is antimatter? Neil explains why antimatter is the “favorite fuel of science fiction” and just how antimatter works in real life.
All that, plus, we explore the multiverse of Rick and Morty with The Film Theorists right here:
About the prints that flank Neil in this video:
"Black Swan” & "White Swan" limited edition serigraph prints by Coast Salish artist Jane Kwatleematt Marston. Please visit Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, for more information about this artist and her work.
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  • Tbh, Beelze-Boson sounds like an amazing villain name

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  • Citadel of Tysons, kinda reminds me of library of Thoth from Gods of Egypt

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  • Hope you enjoy your gold plate

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  • This just felt pretty insulting for the first half

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  • today i relised im dumb

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  • If matpads part is Preis rekorded, why is his audio quality so bad

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  • All they said is FACTS

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  • is it weird that i got an ad for neil's master class before the video started?

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  • I got a Neil degrasse Tyson ad while watching this

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  • I personally have a theory about time travel though it's not really time travel it's more like multiverse world theory ware their are two worlds that are exactly the same besides the time the worlds are created with means if a person that lives on one world figured out how to go to the other it would seem to them they traveled though time but really all that they did was travel through diminson's to a world that began at a different time in it's past

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  • Would it not be possible to collect and contain dark matter if you did manage to have something that interacts with it? Say you bind some form of matter/energy/force we haven't discovered yet, which dark matter does interact with, to the inside of an ordinary material container, if you get dark matter in there, it should technically contain concentrated dark matter. Sure it won't experience pressure like ordinary matter does when there's a lot of it in a confined space, so it won't *seem* concentrated, but you should still be able to have a higher amount of dark matter than usual in such a container, and then also move it around since that container's inner surface would interact with dark matter.

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    • It does not ineract with each other? I thought it does by gravity. Can enough dark matter form a black whole?

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  • congrats!

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    • Can there be planets and live forms based on anti matter?

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  • I hail from the fourth dimension, I came to hit that subscribe button.

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    • I got an add on his yt channel while watching a vid on his yt channel.

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  • Here from Game Theory. Congrats on 1M.

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  • mattpatt got me here

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    • Glad Neil kept his integrity as always, letting these fans know that Rick & Morty mostly is for people that want to think they’re smart.

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  • i was searching for people not knowing who matpat is but I only find people who came from his video XD

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  • 3 mins in and Neil is being condescending and rude. Nice.

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  • So if we know how to create anti-matter we don’t really have a trash problem??

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  • brought here by film theory, but neil, you are providing a great service here

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  • im beating my dark matter friend to death

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="360">6:00</a> There's some question whether dark matter interacts with itself or not.

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  • I'm wondering if dark mater or dark energy may be related to virtual particles.

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  • congrats

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  • Wouldn't it be possible for a lot of dark matter to be localized in a single point therefore concentrating it?

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  • 😂😂😂

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  • Well they made it to 1 million !

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  • Can there be planets and live forms based on anti matter?

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  • It does not ineract with each other? I thought it does by gravity. Can enough dark matter form a black whole?

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  • Glad Neil kept his integrity as always, letting these fans know that Rick & Morty mostly is for people that want to think they’re smart.

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  • I got an add on his yt channel while watching a vid on his yt channel.

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  • Me: sees that I missed the 1Mil Me: (nooo’s in Darth Vader*)

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  • Watching this before i start watching RM next week :)

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  • That 1st cartoon law of physics is also very common in tom and jerry, isn't it? 😂

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  • You crossed 1 mil fast

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    • finally someone smart enough to explain that crazy science !

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  • Then it would be established that black holes and the center of planets and stars all contain dark matter.

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  • neil is trying not to laugh

  • Master Class Neil Degrasse Ad on a Neil Degrasse video

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  • So, if the universe is constantly expanding, would dark energy just be the constant expansion between the dark matter and the pull of dark energy just an ever expanding vacuum of space?

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    • prob

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  • hilarious

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  • I'm sorry doc, i don't think i completely understand anti matter. are there different elements or subsets of antimatter. or will all different kinds of matter be converted to energy my the same, one, antimatter

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  • Is it possible that dark matter is what's left over from matter and antimatter collisions? Without being able to detect it other than its gravity, how would could ever know if we're creating dark matter in a lab? Furthermore, could we possibly collide so much matter and antimatter that we increase the Earth's gravity?

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  • baby loony tones made fun of this in one where they needed to walk across a cavern but they just didnt look down

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  • wut happens if anti matter got shot or eaten by a person?

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  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="868">14:28</a> Yes!

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  • Dark matter = absence of matter? Like cold / hot, light - dark ?

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  • 2 of my favorite people having a crossover. :)

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  • finally someone smart enough to explain that crazy science !

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  • Neil laughing is the best thing ever

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  • Could dark matter be our three-dimensional view of a hyperdimensional object? Maybe dark energy is the force, and it's mad at EVERYTHING!

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  • I get all my science from Cartoons.

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  • So, if I'm understanding this correctly, there is a different type of antimatter for each type of matter, and each type of antimatter can only destroy its corresponding type of matter. Which is different from what most science fiction seems to say, which is that any antimatter will destroy any matter.

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  • But Rick's car battery runs on energy produced by a trapped microverse, not by concentrated dark matter. Why didn't you address this?

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  • My understanding is we can't produce enough antimatter to actually use it as a fuel. Is that not true?

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  • Febreze is antimatter for farts

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  • When he said all Tysons are coordinated across the multiverse, it reminded me of that episode where Rick was the only one acting the same while Morty and Summer where not. The one with the cats

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  • Let's have MatPat record some questions and dialogue and pretend we're talking to him live!

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  • Wow. Congrats on 1 Million!!!!

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  • YOU DID IT (currently 1.11 million) love you Neil! You're one of my biggest influences in my quest for scientific knowledge! I've got a copy of "Accessory To War" By: You and Avis Lang and I'm reading it along via audiobook

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  • This video made me unsubscribe to "MattPatt"

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    • that there is a brief moment when you appear to hover before you fall when running off an elevated surface, not as long as Wile E. Coyote would, but enough that you can figur

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  • I can't watch this smart man be mean to my Rick

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  • Can your spirit or mind travel through the multi-verse or even time travel to different places?

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  • if dark matter is on a plane that we can't see or interact with does that mean it's the 4th dimension?

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  • RE: “Many Worlds” and “Infinite Universes,” why can’t it be both? If you see all of existence as a 3-dimension construct with the moment of origin at the very center, all possibilities stream out in all directions. So, in the very early universes, fundamental differences occur, and that subset of existence would effectively be cut off from other non-compatible universes. So long as the fundamental rules of physics are consistent, you could visit another version of our own world or an entirely different universe where we never existed.

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  • Is it just me or does it seem really condescending

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    • Whatd does?

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  • nice combo of host and topic... love it

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  • Tyson C-137 .... not C-138 ...... you Jerry

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  • Neil “We don’t know much about it but I’m gonna tell you all about it” Tyson

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  • Awesome

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  • Hey I’m anti social and nice

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  • Thanks matpat i have now a favorite channel to listen while traveling.

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  • Chuck who's taking care of your hair during this shutdown? Whoever he is you're not paying him enough lol.

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  • I’m just saying if I had a biography about me I want Neil to narrate it man has a voice

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  • I am sorry 😐 really fat animals lurid me away from your video, but I will be back seriously 😳

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  • Neil just send me a Tesla if I am your one million subscriber

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  • Interesting note, when I was like five I was curious about whether or not you would hover before a fall, so I thought I'd test it out, luckily I figured it didn't mater how high up off the ground you were so I just ran off of a chair I often jumped off of for fun at the time, and while I only did it like 10 times and haven't tested it again since, five year old me confirmed that there is a brief moment when you appear to hover before you fall when running off an elevated surface, not as long as Wile E. Coyote would, but enough that you can figure that's where the cartoon artist or possible original slapstick comedians got the idea, it's probably more like a slight arc than an actual hover, as you lose your forward momentum and gravity takes over, but it was enough for five year old me.

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    • Never watch rick and morty but I had to watch to see these intellectuals have a conversation.

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  • Antimatter is actually super hard to come by in large amounts. It might not be exact but I think it would take like a billion years to make a gram of antimatter with today’s technology.

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  • ive never noticed Neil's hand tremor before... i hope he's healthy and that its not new

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  • “Don’t get your science from cartoons” Really... really... Maybe Neil doesn’t know what MatPat actually does... He takes shows or games... Highlights something in them And does EXTENSIVE research to see if that something can be scientifically possible. He doesn’t get his “Science” from cartoons but from the research he does to see if an idea from that could possibly be fact. Neil is a very smart guy who understands and knows quite a bit about this kind of stuff but still, him saying that surprised me...

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