Get ready for the debate some are calling "Ham On Nye."
America's favorite "Science Guy," Emmy Award-winning science educator and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye, is set to debate Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis and president of the Creation Museum, at the museum in Kentucky on Feb. 4.
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The hotly anticipated confrontation is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET. (A Q&A session will begin at 8:45 p.m.)
Nye will defend the theory of evolution -- which is universally accepted among mainstream scientists -- while Ham will argue in favor of creationism -- the religious belief that God created the universe. The discussion may get heated, considering Ham previously called out Nye for not understanding science.
Nye argues the give-and-take is a good idea.
"We're just trying to change the world here, and draw attention to these forces in our society that are trying to get creationism in science textbooks," he told NBC News.
You can watch the live stream of the "Ham on Nye" debate (above) starting at 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 4. Scroll down for live updates from HuffPost Science.
02/04/2014 9:57 PM EST
"The 'debate' largely focused on science vs creationism rather than evolution vs creationism. There was a lot about estimates of the age of the earth and geology. Not enough about the molecular, fossil, ecological, behavioral and experimental evidence for evolution. Many people might argue that it's pointless to debate someone like Ham. That's true, in that his beliefs are entrenched and he will not accept evidence that contradict them. However this is not for him. If others (especially children) who have never heard any counter-arguments to new-Earth creationist theology were exposed to something new today that made them re-think what they've been taught, then it's worth it." -- Dr. James Higham of New York University's Department of Anthropology
"I was very surprised by how Biblical/religious Ham went - usually the creationists/ID people try to hide behind the veneer of fairness, inquiry, etc." -- Dr. Todd Disotell
"Everything in the Bible that fits Ken Ham's current viewpoints is fact. Bill Nye confirms that the Earth is in fact ancient. I'm still stuck on Ham's acceptance of his 'kinds.' This 1) represents an emphasis on types, not variation, and therefore is the wrong way to think about things, including human variation and the exact thing that Ham attempted to pin on evolutionists-- race-- and 2) suggests to me that Ham is only a small step away from abandoning creationism and accepting evolution (although I'm sure he would never admit that)-- his giant leap was accepting that similar species can be descended from a common ancestor-- it's only one small step to the acceptance of humans as part of the animal kingdom." -- Dr. Scott Williams, assistant professor at New York University's Center for the Study of Human Origins
02/04/2014 9:46 PM EST
Why Some Say Nye Won
Nye defeats Ham by: posing better questions, emotional appeals, confidence, staying on debate topic #creationdebate— justin barnard (@justinbarnard) February 5, 2014
02/04/2014 9:39 PM EST
Bill Nye is a wonderful communicator of science, a fairly good debater, and a terrible judge of whether a joke will land. #creationdebate— Matt Kirshen (@mattkirshen) February 5, 2014
02/04/2014 9:37 PM EST
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02/04/2014 9:35 PM EST
Ham's Favorite Quote
02/04/2014 9:30 PM EST
'Keep Science Education In Science Classes'
Bill Nye: "We have to keep science education in science classes."
/> TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye speaks during the debate on evolution
with Creation Museum head Ken Ham, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the
Petersburg, Ky. museum. Ham believes the Earth was created 6,000 years
ago by God and is told strictly through the Bible. Nye says he is
worried the U.S. will not move forward if creationism is taught to
children. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)
02/04/2014 9:28 PM EST
In Response To Ham
"Ham: 'I don't know of any other religion where the religious text starts like this one.' Ummm, I'm pretty sure the Old Testament is not restricted to Christianity..." -- -- Dr. James Higham of New York University's Department of Anthropology
02/04/2014 9:27 PM EST
In Response To Nye
"'Survival of the fittest'-- that's almost as bad as the phrase 'missing link.' Let's not resurrect these misnomers and misapplied phrases." -- Dr. Scott Williams, assistant professor at New York University's Center for the Study of Human Origins