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:
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  1. meme-sama!

    meme-sama!پیش 5 ساعت

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

  2. MrInformYou

    MrInformYouپیش 6 ساعت

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

  3. zijuiy wttuy

    zijuiy wttuyپیش 7 ساعت

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

  4. Paul Rice

    Paul Riceپیش 8 ساعت

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

  5. Paul Rice

    Paul Riceپیش 8 ساعت

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

  6. madestmadhatter

    madestmadhatterپیش 8 ساعت

    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.

  7. zijuiy wttuy

    zijuiy wttuyپیش 7 ساعت

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

  8. level of stress 99%

    level of stress 99%پیش 10 ساعت

    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.

  9. Ryan Asbridge

    Ryan Asbridgeپیش 13 ساعت

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

  10. Hora Drakehart

    Hora Drakehartپیش 13 ساعت

    “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...

  11. ISAFMobius18

    ISAFMobius18پیش 14 ساعت

    I hope Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are watching this and take notes

  12. Camaron Mazyck

    Camaron Mazyckپیش 15 ساعت

    Broooo the eendddingggg😂😂😂😂😂<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="955">15:55</a>

  13. Michał Zakrzewski

    Michał Zakrzewskiپیش 15 ساعت

    I love smart people's humour. I don't understand it, but I love it.

  14. Mean Bean Productions

    Mean Bean Productionsپیش 15 ساعت

    This is classic NdGT, and I love it. Great to see his spirits up and his brain a-churning.

  15. Aleksandar Ivano

    Aleksandar Ivanoپیش 15 ساعت

    He knows so much, yet he doesn't know not to talk over others.

  16. Gameinstein 999

    Gameinstein 999پیش 18 ساعت

    Please give some suggestions for a game called "No Man's Sky" to make it more scientifically accurate. I mean it's the only game where you can explore 18 quintillion planets!

  17. Mean Bean Productions

    Mean Bean Productionsپیش 18 ساعت

    Who else had to rewind this one a couple times?? 🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️

  18. Mean Bean Productions

    Mean Bean Productionsپیش 18 ساعت

    I haven't seen this show before, but does anyone know why Lionel Richie's nephew is on here? Is he a scientist too?

  19. Armand Ciocoiu

    Armand Ciocoiuپیش 19 ساعت

    So, what if dark matter is just the 4th dimension form of gravity? It would make sense why we can't feel, touch or comprehend it, it's like a 2d triangle drawn on a paper trying to experience gravity. The triangle won't even notice it. And why does dark matter only make up 80% of the universe? What if black holes absorb black matter, that means 20% of our universe is made out of black holes. ( I don't know if that is true, I am just talking shiet,it probably makes no sense) BUT THAT'S JUST A THEORY, A RANDOM THEORY!

  20. ThatLaprAss

    ThatLaprAssپیش 19 ساعت

    What is this? A crossover episode?

  21. feh meh

    feh mehپیش 19 ساعت

    I was almost repelled by how clickity clickable this is.

  22. Madi Lee

    Madi Leeپیش 21 ساعت

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

  23. Emily An

    Emily Anپیش 22 ساعت

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

  24. Always LuvedToBeLuved

    Always LuvedToBeLuvedپیش روز

    Degrasse survived going in a church without going up in flames? Maybe is not a sith lord

  25. Always LuvedToBeLuved

    Always LuvedToBeLuvedپیش روز

    Dark matter is ahead of it's time and has been practicing social distancing from the beginning

  26. Jacob Nicholson

    Jacob Nicholsonپیش روز

    Is dark matter doesn’t react with itself then could you possibly put an infinite amount of dark matter into and infinitely smaller area ? Like an atom in the same position as another

  27. Emily An

    Emily Anپیش 22 ساعت

    He said “beelzeboson be gone” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  28. Bruce Lee

    Bruce Leeپیش روز

    Um I thought Ricks car ran on a little mini civilization he tricked into walking on treadmills? 🤔

  29. Mr Monster

    Mr Monsterپیش روز

    Mattpat: Is dark matter the gasoline of the future? Neil deGrasse Tyson: *wheezing with laughter*

  30. Litingwa Kelesia

    Litingwa Kelesiaپیش روز

    Anti matter revival church😂😂😂😂

  31. dj jackeyson

    dj jackeysonپیش روز

    I thought we where dimension B248, because I would ask my class mate everyday he would always say that number and letter

  32. Sidharth H

    Sidharth Hپیش روز

    I can't stand him laughing over every possible thing in this universe.

  33. Giovanni Tagliabue

    Giovanni Tagliabueپیش روز

    they remind me of Shrek and Donkey ahah love them

  34. Julio C Ponce

    Julio C Ponceپیش روز

    Can we please take a moment in honor of Mr. Michael, Krombopulos Michael. :'|

  35. вιииу'ѕ lιfє

    вιииу'ѕ lιfєپیش روز

    I didn’t realize how much I needed this before I found it

  36. Matthew Brooks

    Matthew Brooksپیش روز

    is it possible that dark matter could be matter that has entered a black hole and been spewed back out having different properties to when it entered the black hole?

  37. Guardian Kevin

    Guardian Kevinپیش روز

    I came from matpat

  38. life isnt worth living for

    life isnt worth living forپیش روز

    Neil: Talking in big brain My brain: WHAT'S HAPPENING

  39. dark days

    dark daysپیش روز

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="229">3:49</a> degrasse be high asf lol

  40. life isnt worth living for

    life isnt worth living forپیش روز

    bruh I just got a add he was ing

  41. Tony Lemons

    Tony Lemonsپیش روز

    Congrats on 1m neil

  42. niduoe stre

    niduoe streپیش روز

    He said “beelzeboson be gone” 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  43. Dagan mcsweeney

    Dagan mcsweeneyپیش روز

    I watched cause I wanted to make a portal to a universe where I have a girlfriend

  44. Sanji And Syndicate Vlogs

    Sanji And Syndicate Vlogsپیش روز

    What if rick made up concentrated dark matter for the simple fact it can’t be concentrated sending idiots on a wild goose chase

  45. Dennis Albert

    Dennis Albertپیش روز

    The vial of antimatter in dan brown angel and demon could be from alchemy

  46. niduoe stre

    niduoe streپیش روز

    I could really do without Chuck on the program. Hard to focus on what the conversation is actually about with the constant nonsensical interjections.

  47. exto cy

    exto cyپیش روز

    1.1 when i manage to get here after film theory

  48. Robin Murphy

    Robin Murphyپیش روز

    too many electrons begin to make anti-electrons, so maybe to many gravitons begins to make anti-gravitons?

  49. Matthew Geiger

    Matthew Geigerپیش روز

    How would you store anti matter if it reacts and destroys matter.

  50. Alice

    Aliceپیش روز


  51. elimba78

    elimba78پیش روز

    ☯️♾TORUS FIELD'S or MAGNETIC FIELDS or DIPOLE FIELDS or CONVECTION or CORIOLIS EFFECTS or ALTERNATING CURRENT or 3,6,9 are all super neat to read about. Think of it as also being life force energy that support, sustain, connect the system together with masculine and feminine energy periods. Another cool term search a article by Nasa called X POINTS or SOLAR CYCLE'S. 🔘🌍☀️🌙🌌➖➕⚛️✡️🔯➿ I am very spiritual I just use notions that are already out their. They seem to describe the forces that be, just fine. ♾☯️.🤤🔀🔀🔀🔀🤤

  52. onefalcon

    onefalconپیش روز

    Neil: I never seen a church basement with anti-matter Steel Ball Run: Am I a joke to you?

  53. Batman's Shadow

    Batman's Shadowپیش روز

    when neil said dark matter did anyone else think about the arrowverse

  54. amaizing

    amaizingپیش 2 روز

    Subbed (from Film Theory)!

  55. moosy fate

    moosy fateپیش 2 روز

  56. rainynight02

    rainynight02پیش 2 روز

    Wait, I read somewhere that a collision of matter and antimatter left a 1% (or something of the like) of matter left, and that was why our reality is made up of matter, Because everything we have is what's left over from the annihilation that occurred at the beginning of the universe.

  57. DPSFSU

    DPSFSUپیش 2 روز

    This was hard to watch. First off, NDT should have watched the episodes in question before talking about them. Basic research while preparing for a planned out conversation (Especially when your guest was pre-recorded). 2nd is the fact that it took 17 min and 7 sec to, kind of, answer 2.. TWO!.. questions from Matpat. Instead of answering another question or showing images or even cutting the video shorter, they vamp, talk about "cartoon physics" and church basements. 3rd is that NDT acts like he is better than these silly questions and all Tysons in the multiverse would answer the same way. That is so narcissistic. Last but definitely not least was Chuck's impression of Rick and NDT giving it a B+?!?!? Watch the friggin show first!!! C- at the very most. Hard. To. Watch.

  58. rainynight02

    rainynight02پیش 2 روز

    You're talking about dimensions as though they're no different from different universes. That's not what a dimension is! You have a universe, and in that universe there are different dimensions. Different "levels" so to speak, but they are all part of that universe. Traveling dimensions is like going to different floors in a building, where as going to a different universe is you going to a different building all together. But people constantly conflated the two!

  59. Ask to seduce Miss

    Ask to seduce Missپیش 2 روز

    I would’ve loved to see Neil deGrasse Tyson in a Rick and Morty episode

  60. Gard Helgeland-Rossavik

    Gard Helgeland-Rossavikپیش 2 روز

    The problem with an antimatter gun in my opinion is that air exist, so unless you have a way for it to not come into contact with/react to the air then you can’t use it as a ranged weapon

  61. Alan Tennant

    Alan Tennantپیش 2 روز

    "We are prediction machines, and our predictions include ourselves, then that's what we do." Children's animated shows typically have really strong narrative causality. Strongly weighted towards each characters expectations/(inner narrative) regarding events that effect them. Even more so for the character the camera is watching. This causes a vicious cycle reinforcing the prediction machines as they keep being proved right.

  62. Ask to seduce Miss

    Ask to seduce Missپیش 2 روز

    what kind of native american art is that behind Nelly De Tys? almost looks like the formline from our Pacific North Coast steez

  63. Peter Brazeal

    Peter Brazealپیش 2 روز

    I could really do without Chuck on the program. Hard to focus on what the conversation is actually about with the constant nonsensical interjections.

  64. Peter Brazeal

    Peter Brazealپیش 2 روز

    I could really do without Chuck on the program. Hard to focus on what the conversation is actually about with the constant nonsensical interjections.

  65. Andrew Wenner

    Andrew Wennerپیش 2 روز

    Can you make a video where you just trash Trump? That would make me happy even if I didn’t learn any new reasons to hate on Trump...

  66. Adrian Ortiz

    Adrian Ortizپیش 2 روز

    If I knew you had a IRgos channel I would have subscribed years ago

  67. Andrew Wenner

    Andrew Wennerپیش 2 روز

    I want to hear this stuff with Morgan Freeman narrating the entire thing, brains and the perfect voice...

  68. Andrew Wenner

    Andrew Wennerپیش 2 روز

    And maybe will inspire some 10 year old from any country but ours to make a space ship of garbage and explore the cosmos’s

  69. Andrew Wenner

    Andrew Wennerپیش 2 روز

    Great panel to discuss such important media! Come on Neil and Chuck let us see ur inner Ricks!!!

  70. AmiR UniQuE

    AmiR UniQuEپیش 2 روز

    I can see this man's brain through his nose

  71. Dark Side Boss

    Dark Side Bossپیش 2 روز

    Hello Internet ! Rick: What...What are Looking for ?

  72. sternis1

    sternis1پیش 2 روز

    "We have excerised the particle-a. I cast you out Boson. Belzeboson, be gone-a!".

  73. Pure Americana TV

    Pure Americana TVپیش 2 روز

    Anyone else think this guy should blow his nose and stop acting so fake?

  74. Ronnie Anne Fan

    Ronnie Anne Fanپیش 2 روز

    This is my first time watching anything from this channel and I think subscribing was the best thing I did, can't wait to watch more 😄

  75. Hydro Homie

    Hydro Homieپیش 2 روز

    Guy on the right side overused the smoothness config on his camera

  76. Xhara

    Xharaپیش 2 روز

    "Gravity only works when you look down" Gee, im really that old

  77. Lucas B

    Lucas Bپیش 2 روز

    OOOOOOOOOO have a question I wanna ask. Sweet Christmas, it'd be fun to chat on StarTalk. Chuck's freakin fun, and NDT inspires the ole brain box. I THINK I may have an interesting query-hypothesis that might be fun to play with. Much love, and stay safe!

  78. cross gordon

    cross gordonپیش 2 روز

    what kind of native american art is that behind Nelly De Tys? almost looks like the formline from our Pacific North Coast steez

  79. Garrett Poppell

    Garrett Poppellپیش 2 روز

    I’m subscribed and I didn’t even get this notification and the bell is on all

  80. Charles Bronson

    Charles Bronsonپیش 2 روز

    Is it me or does it seem like Chuck is using a filter or a bright light and makeup? His head looks like its animated. Neil looks normal. Like some weird camera affect or something. Just wondering.

  81. 4F Keeks

    4F Keeksپیش 2 روز

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="416">6:56</a> But is interaction of dark matter with itself really necessary to concentrate it? If it does not interact, aren't you still able to increase the amount of dark matter elements per, let's say, m^3? Solving how it helps you with acceleration then is another problem, but my point is if it doesn't interact then you can force it to be everywhere you want it to be. But I don't know anything about physics, so... :-)

  82. benjamin bruce

    benjamin bruceپیش 2 روز

    gratz on 1 mill

  83. Gamer Tag Boakan

    Gamer Tag Boakanپیش 2 روز

    I mean, on the topic of Dark Matter/Energy. If Rick's ship was like Farnsworth, you just move the entire universe INSTEAD of moving your own ship then in a way it could make sense. If they could just lap space a few times and triple up the dark matter and keep it in certain ways to move certain ways.

  84. Aamir Razzak

    Aamir Razzakپیش 2 روز

    the dude: “Hey Matpat, how are you buddy?” Matpat: .............. i am gonna ignore this guy because..................... i dont know his name. And thats just a thoery a Mathew Theory thanks for reading....

  85. GoldGamerXD // Daily Gaming Videos

    GoldGamerXD // Daily Gaming Videosپیش 2 روز

    Starts video: gets ad with Neil Degrasse Tyson Me: Tf IRgos: WE ARE WATCHING YOU ALWAYS :)