Speaking to you Americans who probably (still) have more respect for titles than we in Sweden do.
How can a creationist and young earth-believer like Dr John Baumgardner become a Ph.D. in geophysics? (He is known for searching for evidence of the biblical flood). He obviously dont understand basic science even per definition - since he believes in the ridiculous notion of a biblical young earth he cant understand anything about geology for real. Its just not possible.
One hell of a liar all through his career? He must be - how else could he have made it through his studies/exam/scientific career? This guy must have written litteraly thousands of stuff where he as the author didnt believe in the facts he wrote about. Not only that, he has several fancy positions within the geological community and several papers published. God forbid… Does he teach others?
I have no doubt of him being smart - he must be at least extremly manipulative, since he operates succesfully in a field in which he denies all basics in.
Its no wonder that titles like Phd and Professor has very little status these days when anyone can get them despite what they truly stand for or understand - in this case simply just pseudoscience. A Ph.D. doesnt stand for any academical guarantees anymore.