(NBC News) Why on earth would Bill Nye the Science Guy agree to debate evolution and creationism in a place called the Creation Museum? And how on Earth could creationist Ken Ham lose?

The conventional wisdom among evolutionary biologists is that they have much more to lose than to gain from Tuesday’s face-off in Kentucky — just as the consensus among creationists is that they’re getting a high-profile forum for their views, nine years after suffering a major defeat in federal court.

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“I don’t think Nye should be getting into this,” Jerry Coyne, a biologist at the University of Chicago who uses the title “Why Evolution Is True” for his blog and his latest book, told NBC News. “He may be walking into a buzzsaw.”

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