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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  • meme-sama!

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

  • MrInformYou

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

  • zijuiy wttuy
    zijuiy wttuy

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

  • Paul Rice
    Paul Rice

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

  • Paul Rice
    Paul Rice

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

  • madestmadhatter

    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.

    • zijuiy wttuy
      zijuiy wttuy

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

  • level of stress 99%
    level of stress 99%

    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.

  • Ryan Asbridge
    Ryan Asbridge

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

  • Hora Drakehart
    Hora Drakehart

    “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...

  • ISAFMobius18

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

  • Camaron Mazyck
    Camaron Mazyck

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

  • Michał Zakrzewski
    Michał Zakrzewski

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

  • Mean Bean Productions
    Mean Bean Productions

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

  • Aleksandar Ivano
    Aleksandar Ivano

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

  • Gameinstein 999
    Gameinstein 999

    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!

  • Mean Bean Productions
    Mean Bean Productions

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

  • Mean Bean Productions
    Mean Bean Productions

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

  • Armand Ciocoiu
    Armand Ciocoiu

    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!

  • ThatLaprAss

    What is this? A crossover episode?

  • feh meh
    feh meh

    I was almost repelled by how clickity clickable this is.

  • Madi Lee
    Madi Lee

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

  • Emily An
    Emily An

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

  • Always LuvedToBeLuved
    Always LuvedToBeLuved

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

  • Always LuvedToBeLuved
    Always LuvedToBeLuved

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

  • Jacob Nicholson
    Jacob Nicholson

    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

    • Emily An
      Emily An

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

  • Bruce Lee
    Bruce Lee

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

  • Mr Monster
    Mr Monster

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

  • Litingwa Kelesia
    Litingwa Kelesia

    Anti matter revival church😂😂😂😂

  • dj jackeyson
    dj jackeyson

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

  • Sidharth H
    Sidharth H

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

  • Giovanni Tagliabue
    Giovanni Tagliabue

    they remind me of Shrek and Donkey ahah love them

  • Julio C Ponce
    Julio C Ponce

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

  • вιииу'ѕ lιfє
    вιииу'ѕ lιfє

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

  • Matthew Brooks
    Matthew Brooks

    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?

  • Guardian Kevin
    Guardian Kevin

    I came from matpat

  • life isnt worth living for
    life isnt worth living for

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

  • dark days
    dark days

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

  • life isnt worth living for
    life isnt worth living for

    bruh I just got a add he was ing

  • Tony Lemons
    Tony Lemons

    Congrats on 1m neil

  • niduoe stre
    niduoe stre

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

  • Dagan mcsweeney
    Dagan mcsweeney

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

  • Sanji And Syndicate Vlogs
    Sanji And Syndicate Vlogs

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

  • Dennis Albert
    Dennis Albert

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

    • niduoe stre
      niduoe stre

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

  • exto cy
    exto cy

    1.1 when i manage to get here after film theory

  • Robin Murphy
    Robin Murphy

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

  • Matthew Geiger
    Matthew Geiger

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

  • Alice


    • elimba78

      ☯️♾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. ♾☯️.🤤🔀🔀🔀🔀🤤

  • onefalcon

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

  • Batman's Shadow
    Batman's Shadow

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

  • amaizing

    Subbed (from Film Theory)!

  • moosy fate
    moosy fate

  • rainynight02

    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.


    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.

  • rainynight02

    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!

  • Ask to seduce Miss
    Ask to seduce Miss

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

  • Gard Helgeland-Rossavik
    Gard Helgeland-Rossavik

    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

  • Alan Tennant
    Alan Tennant

    "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.

    • Ask to seduce Miss
      Ask to seduce Miss

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

  • Peter Brazeal
    Peter Brazeal

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

  • Peter Brazeal
    Peter Brazeal

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

  • Andrew Wenner
    Andrew Wenner

    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...

  • Adrian Ortiz
    Adrian Ortiz

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

  • Andrew Wenner
    Andrew Wenner

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

  • Andrew Wenner
    Andrew Wenner

    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

  • Andrew Wenner
    Andrew Wenner

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

  • AmiR UniQuE
    AmiR UniQuE

    I can see this man's brain through his nose

  • Dark Side Boss
    Dark Side Boss

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

  • sternis1

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

  • Pure Americana TV
    Pure Americana TV

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

  • Ronnie Anne Fan
    Ronnie Anne Fan

    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 😄

  • Hydro Homie
    Hydro Homie

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

  • Xhara

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

  • Lucas B
    Lucas B

    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!

  • cross gordon
    cross gordon

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

  • Garrett Poppell
    Garrett Poppell

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

  • Charles Bronson
    Charles Bronson

    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.

  • 4F Keeks
    4F Keeks

    <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... :-)

  • benjamin bruce
    benjamin bruce

    gratz on 1 mill

  • Gamer Tag Boakan
    Gamer Tag Boakan

    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.

  • Aamir Razzak
    Aamir Razzak

    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....

  • GoldGamerXD // Daily Gaming Videos
    GoldGamerXD // Daily Gaming Videos

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