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Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham On Creationism (VIDEO, LIVE UPDATES)

02/04/2014 04:40 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2014

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.

What do scientists think about the debate? Some welcome it. Others have criticized Nye's decision to debate, with University of Chicago biologist Dr. Jerry Coyne calling the debate "pointless."

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

Final Thoughts

"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

02/04/2014 9:39 PM EST

Ha!

02/04/2014 9:37 PM EST

'Twitter Was Fun!'

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."

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/> 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

02/04/2014 9:24 PM EST

'Watcha Talkin' About, Willis?'

02/04/2014 9:23 PM EST

If Any Kid Watches This And Becomes A Scientist, Nye Wins.

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