Kent Hovind's Challenge to Evolutionists
Mr Kent Hovind
For some time young earth creationist Kent Hovind has boasted that no evolutionist will accept his challenge to provide scientific proof for evolution.
On Mr Hovind's Web Site he has made the following offer:I have a standing offer of $250,000 to anyone who can give any empirical evidence (scientific proof) for evolution. My $250,000 offer demonstrates that the hypothesis of evolution is nothing more than a religious belief.
Mr Hovind then states that in order to claim the $250,000 the following "proof" is required:
Prove beyond reasonable doubt that the process of evolution (option 3 above, under "known options") is the only possible way the observed phenomena could have come into existence.
"Option 3" to which he refers states:
3. The universe came into being by itself by purely natural processes (known as evolution) so that no appeal to the supernatural is needed.
Mr Hovind's insistence that "Option 3" is a "process of evolution" strongly suggests that (1) he doesn't understand the evolutionary process or (2) he deliberately sets out to deceive prospective claimants, or perhaps both!
Very recently two scientists, unbeknown to each other, have taken up Mr Hovind's challenge. The following articles indicate clearly that Kent Hovind's $250,000 "challenge" is completely and utterly bogus.
Kent Hovind's "$250,000 Award to Prove Evolution!"
Kent Hovind's Bogus Challenge
Is Kent Hovind a Liar too?
The Dissertation Kent Hovind Doesn't Want You to Read: A Review of Kent Hovind's Thesis
Hovind Refuses to Debate!! (off site)
The Wild, Wild World of Kent Hovind (off site)