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Biophysicist applies large brain to analyze Rick And Morty

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According to some particularly snobby fans, you basically need a degree in physics to really understand all the nuances of a show like Rick And Morty. Thankfully, Buzzfeed happened to have a biophysicist on hand for their latest video and asked him to use his very large and good brain to explain the show’s scientific concepts to layman idiots like us who just enjoy the show for its bright, flashing colors. As it turns out, some of the science in this wildly popular sci-fi show isn’t as far-fetched as you might think.

For example, the concept of multiple universes plays a central role in numerous episodes of Rick And Morty. According to USC professor James Boedicker, the existence of a multiverse is an idea that’s been toyed around with by physicists for years. But whether we can travel between these parallel timelines is another question. Nobel prize winning physicist Kip Thorne postulated that if a wormhole were to open between parallel universes it would close as soon as it opened. That doesn’t leave you a lot of time to drop off your Jerry at the Jerryboree.


It’s not a groundbreaking observation to say that a science fiction comedy uses elements of real science, but it’s nice to see that the Rick And Morty writers care enough about their show to do their due diligence when it comes to things like dark matter, non-carbon-based lifeforms, and theme parks inside homeless drifters. No word on the scientific probability of bird people, though.

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