Saturday, April 18, 2015

#1344: Clarence Barinowski

Certain parts of the US are crammed with these kind of people, but we’ll endeavor to cover at least a few of them. So, Clarence Barinowski is the President and founder of the Good News Network, which is “comprised of 12 radio stations and 13 radio translators/repeaters that extend throughout the southeast, covering communities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and now, Alabama and Mississippi.” Well, Barinowski is at least a hardcore creationist. According to Barinowski “I think it is safe to say Republicans don’t have a problem with science,” by which he means that many wingnuts reject evolution. “[T]he reality is that greater and greater ‘faith’ is required in evolution to believe in its ability to accomplish what it is credited with doing,” and in Barinowski’s imagination “[t]he whole evolutionary concept of junk DNA has been wiped away by the research called ‘the ENCODE Project’.” Indeed, Barinowski seems to think that evolution is largely based on the movie Jurassic Park  (whereas he himself evidently gets his information from creationist blogs), and hence that “the fact that more people are questioning evolution indicates that more people are actually reading and learning what’s happening in modern scientific research these days, instead of getting their science education from movies,” which is a … rather novel claim. And to back it up he refers to … the Discovery Institute’s pitiful petition A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism. Perfect.

Diagnosis: Minor fish, but still a stellar and brilliant, walking and talking illustration of the Dunning-Kruger effect

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