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Self-Published Genius #26: The Dentist
We have another fine addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.
This author’s press release is issued by an outfit we’ve encountered before. It’s called PRWeb, which “gets your news straight to the search engines that everyone uses, like Google, Yahoo and Bing.” Their Pricing page reveals that their “Basic Package” costs $99. That’s probably what we’re looking at.
The press release is titled New Book Offers Groundbreaking Insights Into the Validity of Evolution. And it has a sub-title: Dr. Stephen T. Blume Shows That Evolution is Really an “Evo-illusion”
Wow — groundbreaking insights! And the author has “Dr.” in front of his name. Who is this man? At the end of the press release we’re told:
Dr. Blume is a dentist who graduated from the University of Southern California. The courses he took at USC were more than enough to provide him with a master’s degree in biological sciences. Sparked by his visit to the Field museum, Dr. Blume began a research project on evolution, which he kept track of on his blog,http://www.evillusion.net.
Very impressive. He had enough courses “to provide him with a master’s degree in biological sciences”? Does he actually have such a degree? We’re not told. That’s okay; we don’t need to know. Let’s find out about the contents of the book. The press release says, with bold font added by us:
For a very long time, Author Dr. Stephen T. Blume was an enthusiastic devotee and supporter of evolution. However, a visit to the Field Museum in Chicago in 2002 changed all of that. Dr. Blume wound up rejecting Charles Darwin’s theory as he discovered a new outlook on living nature and the universe.
A visit to the Field Museum of Natural History turned his life around? What happened — a bad experience in the bathroom? He doesn’t say, but we’re told:
He shares these insights with readers everywhere in his new book, Evo-illusion.
You’ll have to buy the book to find out what went wrong at the museum. Speaking of the book, we always want to confirm that it’s published by a vanity press. That’s not difficult in this case, because at the end of the press release it says:
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Okay, we’re solidly on track. We’ve got a creationist dentist, and we’re learning about his self-published book from his press release. Everything is falling into place. Let’s read on:
Evo-illusion tells a fascinating story of biology, astronomy, physics, particle physics, and other sciences that would certainly interest any person who reads it, no matter what their position is on evolution. It takes readers from the beginning of the universe to the emergence of the first living cells on Earth, the coming of the first multi-cellular organism, and then to the formation of modern organisms.
M’god — the ambitious sweep of this book is truly amazing! We continue:
Dr. Blume uniquely utilizes thought experiments that the readers can easily do, which allow them to figure what may and may not have happened during the early steps on the pathway to the formation of the first living cells and multi-cellular organisms.
Thought experiments! Why didn’t we think of that? Of course — that’s the way these things should be done. Here’s the last of it:
For readers interested in exploring new horizons, Dr. Blume’s work will definitely provide a unique perspective towards the study of life’s origins. Evo-illusion promises to enrich and broaden minds with a rich infusion of scientific knowledge and critical thinking.
But wait — we’re not done yet. We found the book’s listing at Amazon: Evo-illusion: Why IID Trumps ID and Evolution. Intriguing title. What’s “IID”? The press release doesn’t tell us.
We had to know, so we went to the author’s website and learned that IID stands for his theory of Ingenious Invention and Design, but we have no idea what that means. Hey — the book has no reviews at Amazon yet. Well, it’s new. Universal praise is sure to come.
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