At the start of the interview on “Real Time” Friday, Maher proclaimed that science has become politicized and asked Nye — who has been speaking out against creationism of late — what it has felt like to “come out of the closet” on these important issues.

Calling for increased scientific advances and innovation, the so-called “Science guy” said that it’s important for the U.S. to embrace these ideals so the nation can continue to grow and prosper.

“If you want an iPhone, you still have to have the United States. … innovation is what’s going to make the United States economy grow,” he told Maher, going on to discuss far more controversial subjects.

“You have this situation in Texas where people want to have creationism in textbooks. Unlike some other acquaintances of mine, I don’t have any big deal about somebody else’s religion, but if you claim that the earth is 10,000 years old, that’s just wrong,” added Nye.