Mark Belling's most nonsensical beliefs.
Mark occasionally even makes a good point - when he's talking about economic issues, but when he leaves the economic arena he's often out of his league. This is especially true with regard to scientific issues. Listening to Mark is one of my guilty pleasures on those rare occasions when I'm in my car between 3-6, and I have compiled a list of Mark's most absurd beliefs. He should be mocked and laughed at when he discusses the following:
1. He does not believe in evolution, and he is apparently a young earth creationist.
Mark, deep down, knows that he sounds stupid on this point, which is why he has no problem hypothetically discussing the Earth as if it were billions of years old, but he always drops a few references to his belief in literal Bible interpretation. Mark claims to approach all subjects using logic. On this matter, he is clearly using faith. Faith's all fine and good, but no one should confuse it with logic.
I once heard him say the following when talking to a geologist:
I'll give you a book on the entire history of the Earth: THE BIBLE!
2. He believes that life begins at conception.
This is probably a slam at a big chunk of the population, but logic is not a democratic process. It is possible that life begins at some point during gestation, but claiming that life begins at conception, when an embryo is merely one single cell, is an insult to living people everywhere. Mark explained this decision as not at all based on religion. His reasoning was as follows:
a. It's not birth.
b. It's too hard to measure life during gestation.
c. Ergo, life begins at conception.
That's logic, I suppose. It's just very bad logic. Premise b is clearly the result of intellectual laziness. I don't know when life begins, but I do know that it doesn't begin at conception. No brain, no human life.
This comes up in the stem cell debate. To his credit, Mark has no problem with non-embryonic stem cell research like some conservative bio-Luddites, but his poor reasoning still poisons the well for a potentially fantastic technology.
3. Mark Belling believes that psychics can predict the future.
There was a radio psychic at one of his old stations and he often tells a story about an accurate prediction that she made, and he is now a believer. And yet no caller ever brings this up as a snappy comeback when being ridiculed.
4. He does not believe that man has any effect on global warming.
He often makes the faulty analogy about people not being able to predict tomorrow's weather correctly, let alone the weather for the next 100 years. This confuses weather, a short term phenomenon affected by many randomly fluctuating variables, with climate, a long term trend. It is the difference between predicting a specific car crash vs. predicting the number of car crashes in a year. You will be a lot closer on the latter than the former.
The disbelief in global warming hurts the credibility of conservatives, which is quite horrible, as many of their policy prescriptions are superior to those of the left. Not that conservatives are eco-friendly, by any stretch, it's just that when only one side has any credibility (as is the case here) we all suffer from a lack of diversity of opinion. The Kyoto Treaty is a stupid idea that would solve nothing, but conservative opposition seems petty.
Most of Mark's beliefs could be labeled as "controversial" but I think that these go a bit further, landing somewhere between ridiculous and hysterical. Oh, he also thinks that Christians are committing blasphemy if they see "The Da Vinci Code." It's actually a pretty funny show.
Just not how Mark intends it.