Tonight, Friday February 25, I attended the event with Mr. Kent Hovind. He is either one o
Tonight, Friday February 25, I attended the event with Mr. Kent
Hovind. He is either one of the most incompetent wambly boggarts
there is, or he is the most deliberately dishonest slubberdegullion
to ever draw breath.
I went expecting to hear something new. Hovind's bold, unsupported
assertions are 40 years old at least, wierysome and tedious, and pure
nonsense. They have been demonstrated false dozens of times over the
past several decades. He is lying for his God.
Mr. Hovind claims he taught science for fifteen years, though even
the most basic of sciences he got grossly incorrect.
He attributed the "tell a lie often enough" quote to Hitler, which is
not correct. He misstated the First Law of Thermodynamics. He said
that the law states that "matter" cannot be created or destroyed, not
energy. He got the Second Law wrong as well. He incorrectly stated
that entropy always increases. This is wrong. (The Law states that
entropy in an isolated system within thermo-equilibrium will increase
or stay the same.)
Mr. Hovind also got conservation of angular momentum wrong, or was
lying. Mr. Hovind said that bodies under centripetal force (in a
circular orbit) will curve when released from their gravitational
bonds. (He used a "merry-go-round" as an example.) He is wrong. Any
body under acceleration, when they lose their gravity well, will fly
off in a straight line, not a curve.
Mr. Hovind lied about the sun shrinking. It is variable, like all
stars of its size, and second generation. He asserted, falsely,
that the sun is steadily decreasing in size--- it is not.
He lied about population growth being geometric throughout world
history; in fact, it is so only in the last 220 years, due to
technology, medical sciences, and industry.
He lied about "prayer" being removed from schools--- it has not: only
forced, coerced prayer. Students may pray in school as much as they
please. How can one prevent another from praying?!?! It's asinine to
say that is possible.
He lied about the end of coerced pray in school being the reason for
declining test scores and increasing ignorance and violence: America
had Cuban missiles off her shores, the start of desegregation,
extensive child population increase, economic problems, wars and
protests of wars, heavily polluted air and water, and the invention
of the transistor, which made TV a house-hold appliance. How does Mr.
Hovind manage to dismiss all of these psychic drains on the nations'
citizenry and come to his conclusion that the end of coerced prayer
was responsible for increased crime, pregnancy, sexually transmitted
disease, etc., when in fact America had hundreds of life-changing and
life-threatening issues to deal with?
He lied about "no one knowing what evolution is." It is change
in a population's gene pool over time. How a science teacher could
get this wrong is utterly unfathomable.
Mr. Hovind said half-a-dozen times "How do you know the earth is 4.5
billion years old? Were you there?" One only wonders what he would
say if one asked him "How do -YOU- know what you're saying about the
distant past? Were YOU there?" Mr. Hovind's only recourse to that is
his Bible; i.e. his personal faith. No one has seen the planet Pluto
orbit the sun. Should we say it does not?
One of Hovind's most basic of arguments he presented was the appeal
to authority. His basic method followed the same technique almost
every time. He would #1: misstate something about science, #2: say it
is wrong, #3: say that just because millions of people believe it
doesn't make it true, #4: say that millions of people believe it is
wrong, including him, so therefore it is wrong. In other words, he
first sets up a straw- man--- a position that science does not
defend--- knocks it over with his personal opinion that it is wrong,
denounces the Argument ad Populum as bogus (which it is), and then
uses Argument ad Populum to support his opinion!
The tract "Are you being brainwashed?" was available, and it still
has errors and lies that even the author admits were wrong--- why is
the ICR cult still selling it?
This event was a great dissapointment. If I were one of the
Christians who presented it, I would be FURIOUS at Mr. Hovind for his
blind ignorance in what he was speaking "authoritatively" about. I
would deny him his honorarium, and lambast him for the damage he has
done to Creationism and the Christian community.
--- David Rice
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