Saturday, December 3, 2016

#1755: Daniel Howell

Daniel Howell has made a little bit of a name for himself for his advocacy of barefoot running and barefoot living: going barefoot is “natural” and “healthy” and God created us barefoot in the Garden of Eden; no, Howell has, as far as we know, not followed that line of reasoning to its natural conclusion and landed himself in jail. His ideas about barefoot living are summed up in his The Barefoot Book. That’s not the part of his mission we are most interested in here, however, though it is the modest recognition he might have received for his barefoot stuff that drew our attention his other activities: Howell is also a hardcore young-earth creationist; he is a signatory to the Discovery Institute’s petition A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism and associate professor of biology (specializing in human anatomy, apparently) at Liberty University, no less.

Diagnosis: Sort of undermines his claims to know anything about the biological foundations for the barefoot stuff he is promoting. Anti-scientist.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, haha. How funny how on some links you can comment without approval and others they don't consider it worth vetting you first. Noticed that, too, Holly.

    So this guy's crime is his civil right to walk around barefoot? What the hell does that have to do with anything? Good for him! Just as long as he doesn't live in Minnesota, I wish him good luck and he has a point. He can do whatever he wants with his feet and he doesn't deserve to be paraded out against the likes of people who endorse racism that are also included on this site!