I got tired of Kent Hovind constantly demanding that I, and other people, debate him, so I offer an alternative.
If you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, you can get the gist from the title screen: I tell him to go read a book. Or you can read the script, down below.
Dang, he beat me to it. Hovind issued his own challenge this morning: it’s to have a debate, with idiotic creationist YouTuber Standing For Truth as the moderator. In other words, the same as he always does.
Forget it, my challenge is better.
Hey, Kent Hovind!
You keep begging people to debate you. You asked me multiple times, even though I have a strict policy of not dignifying creationists with an equal platform. Every week you have your silly “Wack-an-atheist” show, and you always, at some point, beg the people you’ve just crudely and ignorantly mocked to come on down to Lenox, Alabama, and then you smirk because you know no one wants to spend any time with you in your mudhole theme park, or listen to your yokel sunday school teacher level of unqualified delusion.
Today, though, I had a brilliant idea. I had suggested that we go through a popular science text on evolution, recommending Jerry Coyne’s “Why Evolution Is True”, and your reply was, “You pick a chapter where he gives what you consider the best evidence for evolution” — which would be basically any and all of them — “and debate it. You go first. I get equal time. No interruptions.” My immediate, first thought was to question why I need your input. What do you bring to the field, O Fake Doctor Know-Nothing?
But then, my second thought was, to be fair, what would I be bringing to your debate? I know your tactics. You’ll avoid all the evidence and ignore everything I might say. It seems like a pointless exercise.
Which brings me to my marvelous idea: YOU DON’T NEED ME. Have the debate with a book, no one else’s participation required. Every week, you go through one chapter of “Why Evolution Is True” and explain to your audience what’s wrong with it.
Or if you’d rather, here are some other pop-sci books on evolution that would be great.
Trilobite is a fun book that focuses on the interpretation of fossils and the phylogeny of that long extinct clade. You like to belittle fossils, don’t you?
At the Waters Edge is about macroevolution — you know, that phenomenon you claim doesn’t exist — and the evolution of transitional forms between aquatic and terrestrial life. More fossils and more molecular biology.
Making of the Fittest is a book we use in our first year introductory biology course. It offers a great introduction to the mechanism of natural selection. Young men and women fresh out of high school have no trouble grasping the topic, I’m sure you could cope.
Those are good choices to start with, and I guarantee you’ll learn a lot…and also learn that a lot of the stuff you peddle in your videos is wrong. You really don’t understand evolution or biology at all. If you want to get radical and have some fun with it, here are a couple of other books that are accessible to a lay audience, but have a rather narrower perspective.
Of course I have to recommend Endless Forms Most Beautiful. It’s about the synthesis of evolution and development, and some of the most interesting discoveries in molecular biology in the last 40 years.
To get really radical, try reading Mutual Aid. It’s over a 125 years old, so it’s a bit more advanced than your current understanding of biology, and it’s written by a famous Russian biologist and anarchist so it’s sure to shake up your limited comprehension of the science. It would also be fun to watch your brain explode in a video.
You should love this idea. You don’t need anyone’s permission, and nothing is holding you back — just pick a book favored by evolutionary biologists, and charge in and rip it to shreds. If you can.
It would probably be popular. I mean, look at Aron Ra’s video series, “Supposed Lies in the Text Books”, in which he goes through your videos and dismantles your claims. He didn’t ask you for permission, he didn’t tell you to take some time and provide rebuttals in companion responses, he just barrelled in and disemboweled all your arguments all on his lonesome. Just imagine, you could do the same to Coyne, or Fortey, or Zimmer, or Carroll. They’re sitting there waiting on the bookshelf for you. Have fun!
Toodles! And leave me out of it, and stop pestering people for debates you aren’t qualified to handle.
I suggested a few books, too.
Why Evolution Is True, by Jerry Coyne
Trilobite, by Richard Fortey
At the Water’s Edge, by Carl Zimmer
Making of the Fittest, by Sean B. Carroll
Endless Forms Most Beautiful, by Sean B. Carroll
Mutual Aid, by Petr Kropotkin