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Wed February 5, 2014
Science and Tech

Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" and Creation Museum's Ken Ham Face-Off

A crowd of hundreds braved snowy and icy weather to attend a much-publicized debate in Northern Kentucky Tuesday. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, the founder and CEO of the Creation Museum faced off over the topic, “Is Creationism a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era.”

"Science Guy" Bill Nye makes a point as Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham waits for his turn during Tuesday night's debate in Petersburg, Kentucky.
"Science Guy" Bill Nye makes a point as Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham waits for his turn during Tuesday night's debate in Petersburg, Kentucky.
Credit Amy Harris

Nye says “No,” based in part on Ham’s assertion that the earth is less than six thousand years old and created in six days. “Is it reasonable that we have ice older by a factor of a hundred than you claim the earth is.  We have trees that have more tree rings than the earth is old.  We have rocks with Rabinium and Strontium and Uranium and Potassium Argon dating that are far, far, far older than you claim the earth is?”

Ham says there are inconsistencies among the dating methods used by scientists who claim the universe is billions of years old. “There’s hundreds of dating methods out there, hundreds of them.  Actually 90 percent of them contradict billions of years and the point is all such dating methods are fallible and I claim there’s only one infallible dating method. It’s a witness who was there and knows everything who told us.  And that’s from the word of God.”

Organizers of the debate estimate that an audience of a million viewed the event via an online stream.