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Bill Nye Explains Why He's Doing Debate On Creationism (VIDEO)

01/22/2014 02:06 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Bill Nye is set to debate evolution with the founder of Kentucky's Creation Museum on Feb. 4, and the Science Guy is clear about what he thinks of creationism.

It frightens him.

On Jan. 21, Nye talked with HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps about why he feels so strongly about dispelling the notion that creationism is a reasonable alternative to evolution.

"It's a deep concern," Nye said. "If the United States produces a generation of science students who don't believe in science, that's troublesome."

The debate has drawn criticism from secular advocate Dan Arel, who wrote that "scientists should not debate creationists. Period."

While Nye acknowledged that he probably won't be able to change any creationist's mind, he said it made sense to challenge creationism in a public forum.

"I want to show people that this belief is still among us. It finds its way onto school boards in the United States," he said.

Watch Bill Nye discuss aliens, religion and the future in the full conversation at HuffPost Live below.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that the criticism of Nye's debate was written by Richard Dawkins. It was actually written by Dan Arel and posted on the Richard Dawkins Foundation website.

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