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

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

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.

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