Hovind Scale - Calculate Hovind Factors with ease!
Hovind Scale is
used to rate Creationist
statements about the nature of reality and assign a value
ignorant, scientifically illiterate and / or outright dishonest they are.
It was designed by the forumites of RichardDawkins.net,
and one of them, soul_biscuit, set out the details on their blog here.
You can see reference statements that illustrate each rating here.
It is named after the convicted fraudster and Young Earth Creationist Kent Hovind.
He is currently serving time because of his "overly flexible" attitude
to the truth, and before his incarceration was regularly lying for Jesus.
Honesty is the main factor in
determining the Hovind Factor - a truly honest Creationist
cannot get a Hovind Factor of more than 20. Creationists
who knowingly seek to deceive will score highly.
honesty can be hard to determine (unless there happens to be supporting
evidence like court records), and since many zealots are truly sincere
in their beliefs, this calculator also includes the True Believer™
the Mendacity factor from the equation and scales up accordingly to
give a maximum score of 100 (if Mendacity is rated at maximum, the TBR
will equal the Hovind Factor).
Once you have ascertained the Hovind Factor,
you can get a general idea of what level of Creationist you are dealing
with by checking their score against the descriptions below:
- The Blue
Butterfly Effect - a well constructed and intellectually
honest argument, informed by a comprehensive general scientific
understanding and in-depth knowledge of the specifics of any relevant
scientific work. If you want to debate this person, you'd better know
what you're talking about!
1-5 - Surprisingly
- a pretty good
effort, with a combined honesty / scientific understanding far beyond
the typical Creationist zealot. You might well be able to have a
sensible discussion with this person. Educated laymen with a genuine
desire to explore the issues may well turn up in this category.
The Limits of Decency - starting to go beyond what is
reasonable, but dishonesty or scientific illiteracy are becoming too
obvious to ignore.
Creotarded - Some very serious misunderstandings about
reality, and a hint of zealotry beginning to rear its ugly head
21-30 - Creotarded
- A run of the mill Creotard, with a balance of ignorance, illogic and
Creotarded - A person who makes statements that fall into this category likely has little or no
scientific knowledge, and they are probably to be found actively Lying for Jesus at every
60-89 - VenomFangTastic
- not quite up in the fully
Kentian levels, as there may be some slightly mitigating circumstances
(youth or inexperience for example), but still a person who makes statements falling into this category can almost certainly be
relied on to produce long winded and scientifically illiterate or
self-contradictory arguments ex recto at a moment's notice
90-99 - Positively Hovindian
- while not managing to be
quite as ignorant or mendacious as the master himself, this person's statement
still displays positively Hovindian levels of scientific illiteracy and
100 - Utter
Hovind - the person's statement indicates that they might actually BE Hovind (if he has
access from his cell), but if they're not they are certainly talking
complete and utter Hovind! Lies and ignorance combined and
fact! The state of the art of Lying
Online Hovind-Factor Calculator designed by Alltruism