• My Three Favourite Kent Hovind Debates

    In the last week or so, creationist Kent Hovind was released from prison after 9 years. When I was first getting into the whole evolution “controversy”, Hovind was perhaps the most well-known advocate of young-Earth creationism. I present, from memory, my top three Kent Hovind debates.

     

    3: vs Farrell Till (1993)

    The late Farrell Till was an expert on the Bible, and his debate with Hovind was more about the reliability of the Biblical account than the science of evolution.

     

    2: vs Michael Shermer (2004)

    This debate was the first time I saw Hovind in action (or Shermer for that matter), and it concentrated on whether the scientific evidence supported creationism or evolution.

    One highlight (1:26:00) was when Hovind claimed that the best evidence for creationism was the “impossibility” that things came about without a designer. Shermer drew applause by noting that this does not constitute a real answer, as Shermer himself recalled here:

    Who won the debate? Intellectually, I did, with Hovind once again conceding defeat on the last question of the evening: “What is the best evidence for the creation?” He answered: “The impossibility of the contrary” (evolution). In that simple statement, Hovind confessed the scientific sin of all creationists: Disproving evolution does not prove the creationist contrary.

    1: vs Massimo Pigliucci (2002)

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    The Infidel Guy Show (presented by Reginald Finley) was always good value, with good guests and some fun debates. The stand-out debate was Hovind’s debate with Massimo Pigliucci, who used the back-and-forth format to really nail him to the wall and expose his rhetoric.

    Say what you want about Hovind, but he doesn’t shy away from leaving his comfort zone, and debating strong opponents in hostile territory.

     

    Bonus: vs Ali G (2003)

    Ali G and Kent Hovind chat about science, techmology, and other things…

     

    Category: Creationism/Evolution

    Article by: Notung

    I started as a music student, studying at university and music college, and playing trombone for various orchestras. While at music college, I became interested in philosophy, and eventually went on to complete an MA in Philosophy in 2012. An atheist for as long as I could think for myself, a skeptic, and a political lefty, my main philosophical interests include epistemology, ethics, logic and the philosophy of religion. The purpose of Notung (named after the name of the sword in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) is to concentrate on these issues, examining them as critically as possible.
    • Peter White

      The Ali G debate was always a favorite of mine. It never ceased to amaze me how he could always make supposedly knowledgeable people believe he was a legitimate interviewer.