In which Thom Hartmann destroys Eric Hovind, creationist dumbass

Eric Hovind, well known creationist idiot (not to be confused with his father Kent Hovind who’s currently serving time for tax fraud), was recently a guest on the Thom Hartmann show. I like Thom’s program a lot, but haven’t listened to him in some time. This video is definitely worth the nine minutes, if only to hear Hovind’s ridiculous assertions that evolution claims mankind evolved from rocks and bananas. It’s a claim Kent Hovind first made (see the first paragraph in this section of the wikipedia article for Kent) over ten years ago, and it’s just as intellectually dishonest now as it was then.

Jesus Christ, Marie, they're minerals

Hovind also claims that the earth’s population growth is proof of a young earth. Keep in mind that this is a high-profile media appearance, so there is no doubt Hovind is trotting out all his best arguments . . . and his best arguments are apparently that evolution teaches we come from rocks and/or bananas, and that the population growth of humanity proves that we all descended from a single family after the christian god killed everyone else in a flood. I don’t even know how to respond to the first “argument” (it’s painful to even call it that) with anything other than mockery, but if you don’t understand why the second “argument” is also profoundly stupid, here and here would be great places to start. The first link is from 1986, so it’s nice to see Hovind using arguments that were discredited only a few years after I stopped wearing diapers.

How do these sorts of hucksters–the Kent Hovinds, the Ken Hams, the Ray Comforts, and the Ron Wyatts–keep finding people who are so willing to accept the bullshit they peddle? It’s a failure of education in this country and proves that the old adage is true: apparently a sucker really is born every minute. I used to be one of those suckers until I started looking things up and realized the “proofs” these guys offered were demonstrably false. Even if you believe in this claptrap there is hope for you yet, just as there was hope for me. Realize that if we destroyed all religious holy books and every science textbook in existence, we’d some day remake all of our scientific discoveries, but no religion would ever be recreated as it had been. Educate yourself. Start here.

3 thoughts on “In which Thom Hartmann destroys Eric Hovind, creationist dumbass

    1. Dan Post author

      I don’t know what you mean by “the dot”, but it’s generally accepted that heavier elements were formed some time after the big bang. Even if you don’t believe that’s how our universe began, I’ve yet to see any compelling evidence that it’s the christian god. It’s one of the things that is very frustrating when conversing with religious people… it’s almost as if they believe that by disproving the prevailing scientific theory (be it evolution or the big bang) their position becomes the new answer. That’s not how science works. You have to prove your own position, not merely disprove the current consensus (though creationists fail to even do that).

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  1. Derk

    Minerals… you mean like the brown stuff in your sink. Minerals do not make it more plausible then rocks in my opinion.

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