Kenntin MacNeil brought this hilarious video to my attention. Ray Comfort and Eric Hovind (www.drdino.com and www.creationminute.com) strive to ask the “real questions.” Young people want the facts they want real answers, according to Mr. Hovind. But the problem is for the remaining twelve minutes Comfort and Hovind fling mistruths about as if they were rose petals, and these men were little flower girls at a celebrity wedding. Adorable.
More seriously, Kenntin and I know their ideas are flawed and their science is bad, but how do you argue against this? My thought is this is a good time to introduce logical fallacies. If you are already strong at recognizing these violations of logic then please point out a few in the comment section along with the corresponding time on the video. If you aren’t familiar with logical fallacies you can read a bit about them here and then come back and try you hand at applying them to the video in the comments as well. Don’t worry you won’t make a fool of yourself- Comfort and Hovind have beaten you to that honor! My goal is to create a user-friendly list of fallacies that we can publish here at SocraticMama, so I am blatantly asking for your help (If you don’t have time this is a great activity for the teenager in the house). The kiddos need to know how to debate this kind of malarkey. Thank you.