Skeptics' Circle reminder: Save Matt from himself!
First, Matt subjected himself to a Kent Hovind video a week for twelve weeks and then debunked the creationist looniness of each one in a painstaking deconstruction of Hovind's antiscience that he aptly named The Hovind Files: Lying for Jesus. Such was the amazing stupidity of those videos that Matt had PZ Myers and me offering sympathy for (and wonder at) his willingness to subject himself to such severe mental abuse for the cause of skepticism. As I said before, I could feel my neurons dying after just a short exposure to Hovind's blather. I still have no idea how Matt pulled it off.
Now, not content to rest on his laurels, yesterday Matt announced that he has acquired a copy of The Evolution Cruncher, a 900-page young earth creationist book that purports to "crunch" all the arguments for evolution:
The point is: the book made it into my collection and the time has come for another creationist material review session. I will not be writing a blow-by-blow account of the entire work as I did during the Hovind video reviews; there are over nine-hundred pages to the book and most of the arguments would simply be a rewrite of things covered both here and elsewhere. I have, however, noticed upon a cursory inspection of the book a number of arguments against evolution not commonly found. It is these that I intend to tackle...
Hiroshima (1945), is an evolutionist’s paradise; for it is filled with people heavily irradiated, which—according to evolutionary mutation theory—should be able to produce children which are new, different, and a more exalted species. But this has not happened. Only injury and death resulted from the August 6, 1945, nuclear explosion. Mutations are always harmful and frequently lethal within a generation or two (*Animal Species and Evolution, p. 170, *H.J. Muller, Time, November 11, 1946, p. 38).
As you can see, 900 pages of such concentrated distortions could be harmful to Matt. It might even impair his ability to be a properly skeptical host. Yes, I know that he proved his mettle wrestling with Hovind's nonsense, but one shouldn't tempt fate too much. That's why I'm worried and plead with Matt:
Stop right now! Don't read another word of this book. You're the host of the Skeptics' Circle this week. I need your mind intact--at least until this Thursday. I can't take the risk that even a small exposure to such concentrated IDiocy might render your skeptical faculties incapable of doing the job you have before you this week!
At least I hope it will. I'm actually rather interested in finding out about less commonly used creationist arguments against evolution, and, unlike Matt, I don't have the fortitude to read 900+ pages of creationist drivel to find them.