Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 30, 2008

The Hovind Scale

Found at Pharyngula.  But here are the direct links to The Hovind Scale and its online calculator.

It’s named after the infamous Kent Hovind, sometimes known as “‘Dr.’ Dino”.  The “Dr.” is quoted because he got his degree from an unaccredited degree mill called Patriot Bible University.  He used to like to say his degree was in “Education” but it’s actually in “Christian Education”.

Not convinced it’s a degree mill?  Here are some examples of their educational material:

And this is the dissertation that he wrote.

He also created a Creationist theme park called Dinosaur Adventure Land where it shows humans and dinosaurs living together in the past.  Yes, he actually believes that.  He also believes that dinosaurs actually still exist today.

It’s all pretty bad stuff, and it’s still amazing how many people believed him.  But this is why the scale is named after him.  He’s currently serving a 10-year sentence for tax evasion.

May 13, 2008

West Virginia, Education, Clinton, and Creationists

Here’s an interesting tidbit.

Census Bureau and other government data show nearly 18 percent of West Virginians live below the poverty line and roughly 74 percent of the state’s population makes less than $50,000 a year. Put another way, West Virginia ranked 50th among the states in household income and 48th in the percentage of adults with a high school diploma.

In addition to that, West Virginia ranks last for people with college degrees at 15.9%, a full 3.1% below the next lowest (Arkansas).

Also, someone on the Penny Arcade forums looked up some county statistics.

Starr County, Texas- highest % with no high school diploma- voted for Clinton 83-16.
Douglas County, Colorado- lowest %, same stat- voted Obama 63-37

I don’t think I can really say anything else without basically insulting the general Clinton demographic. :P

Though I will add that Clinton’s demographic also tends to be Creationists.

April 24, 2008

Texas rejects Creationism

Texas higher education board rejects ‘creation science’ degree proposal

I think the following quote by Dr. Perades just about sums it up as he rejects the ICR’s proposal.

“Evolution is such a fundamental principle of contemporary science it is hard to imagine how you could cover the various fields of science without giving it [evolution] the proper attention it deserves as a foundation of science,” he said.

“Religious belief is not science. Science and religious belief are surely reconcilable, but they are not the same thing.”

Even though I’m not Australian, and this has nothing to do with Australia, I just feel like saying, “Good on ya, mate!”

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