Tonight at 7 pm EST, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, leader of the Creation Museum, face-off in a much-anticipated debate at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, USA. The debate can be watched live below and discussed live in TA's main chatroom.

If you start watching after 7:00 PM EST but while the debate is still live, you can drag the progress bar to the beginning and watch from there. If you start after 9:30 PM EST, the live debate is over, and you will be watching the recorded version of the program. 

Debate Format

7:00 Welcome by moderator, Tom Foreman, CNN
7:05 Opening statements by debater #1
7:10 Opening statements by debater #2
7:15 Moderator comments
7:16 Presentation by debater #1
7:45 Moderator comments
7:50 Presentation by debater #2
8:20 Moderator gives rebuttal instructions
8:25 Rebuttal for debater #1
8:30 Rebuttal for debater #2
8:35 Counter-rebuttal for debater #1
8:40 Counter-rebuttal for debater #2
8:45 Q&A instructions by moderator
8:48 Moderator reads pre-submitted questions alternating between debaters
9:28 Moderator concludes debate

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Starts at 11am for anyone on the east coast of Australia. 10:30am for those in South Australia or Northern Territory.

Sounds like the perfect background noise while I work...

With a big, fat belt.

Did you see his body language? If he weren't a lying fraud, I would almost feel sorry for him.

A few times Bill was like....."Hey Kentucky, would you like us to keep up with the rest of the world or not?"

And globally the U.S doesn't rank very well on education.

I think Ham actually did okay. No creationist watching this is going to be too disappointed, I think. But then I doubt any honest creationist would say that Ham won.

Bill Nye did excellent work. He presented everything clearly and made good points. He responded to some of the things Ham said without getting sucked into pettiness. More importantly, he stayed strong the whole time, and never said anything Ham could really jump on.

I think my favorite part was in one of the rebuttals, Nye just has this look on his face as he says, "I'm sorry but that's not convincing," or "That's just not good enough", I forget exactly what he said. Also I loved the weather report > new species report as he worked out that 11 new species would have to form every day to get from the number of "kinds" on the ark to the number of species today.

Edit: It's at 1:44, After Ken Ham had given his counter-rebuttal, as Nye started his counter-rebuttal. "Thank you Mr. Ham, but I'm completely unsatisfied."

I would feel comfortable showing this to a creationist to give them some sense of why I believe evolution is true. It's probably not the best defense of evolution that's ever been recorded, but this was an extremely good showing. Bill Nye has proven he is still THE science guy, and I salute him for that.

You can tell most of that report was written before the debate, with a few choice quotes slapped in at the last minute to make it look relevant.

Also, "extraordinary" is my new favorite word now.

I know why Ham went first. It's so hard to listen to him I just want to turn it off.

This is the first time i see a live debate, i'm pretty impressed. I was a little worried because Bill seemed a little nervous at the begining with a quite few brain farts, glad to see that the papers turned around. He also seemed a little bit nervous questioning the bible, but i can't blame him considering where he's standing.

It annoyed me to no end how much Ham can say historical science, luckily Nye shut him up before i ended up breaking my monitor.

Yes. I do think that was one of the best parts. It was the best example of the difference between real science and fake science we saw all night. Because suppose Nye was wrong, or mistaken, or even lying, about the tree rings, the ice core layers, the humanoid skulls. The fact is, Nye wants to know if he is wrong. Nye welcomes new information. Ken Ham thinks no new information is possible or wanted. Hopefully a few of the on-the-fence people will notice that and start to wonder.


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