Self-Published Genius #10: Law Professor

Our last post about a self-published genius was Another Self-Published Genius Disproves Darwin, and that links to several others in this series. The usual creationist with a vanity press book promotes his writings by paying for a press release.

Today’s genius has taken a different approach. He’s written a letter-to-the-editor titled Let children hear evolution debate, which appears in the Advocate, the major newspaper in Louisiana’s capitol city of Baton Rouge. We learned about it from “Bayou Boy,” one of our clandestine operatives

It doesn’t matter for our purposes whether it’s a letter-to-the-editor or a press release about a self-published book which we assume no traditional publisher would touch. It’s all the same to us. Creationism is endlessly amusing, wherever we find it.

We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and as we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. We will disclose, however, that the author claims to be a law professor in Louisiana, and we think (but we’re not certain) that this is his website. It’s the right name, occupation, and city. If there are two of them and we’ve found the wrong one, well … we apologize. Okay, here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:

Children deserve to hear both sides of the evolution debate. To expose them to only one side constitutes an establishment of religion: the religion of atheism.

Evolution is “the religion of atheism.” We’re off to a great start. What else does this letter-writer have to offer? Next he repeats what is widely known as Hoyle’s fallacy. You know how that goes — Hoyle said: “The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way is comparable to the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.”

Most of this guy’s letter is concerned with that brilliant concept. Then he says:

The theory I accept is that evolution is the process by which God creates life, exercising His mind over matter and speeding up the process at the quantum level several millionfold.

Wow — “mind over matter.” That’s good! And he said “quantum” — that means he’s really smart. Right at the end he plugs his book:

I touch upon this in my book, “The Universe and Multiple Reality” (New York, iUniverse Press).

Here’s the publisher’s website: iUniverse, which informs us:

iUniverse has helped more than 30,000 authors publish their books professionally and affordably. Since 1999, we have crafted a reputation for breaking records and blazing new trails in the self-publishing industry.

Blazing new trails? We agree that something seems to be flaming, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to say what that is.

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11 responses to “Self-Published Genius #10: Law Professor

  1. The book is on Amazon…

    It says a lot to look at what “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought”.

    Maybe the DI should offer him a fellowship.

  2. Saw this in the comments:

    taxi driver:

    Why so cryptic? Is Franks ashamed to tell us he is a professor of law at Southern? His book is actually titled, “The Universe and Multiple Reality–a Physical Explanation for Magick, Manifesting and Miracles.” He self-published it via a vanity press, meaning he paid somebody to put it in print– no reputable publisher paid him money for the privilege of publishing or marketing his nonsense. Anyone can write anything and self-publish it if you want to spend money on such a project. He says on his website that his book will teach you about “time travel, miracles, and the exact processes by which paranormal events operate.” Hmmm. Please, Professor Franks, tell me more.

  3. I know for a fact there are alternate realities and parallel universes out there. Spock wears a goatee in one, and Uhura wears a really sexy miniskirt with a bare midriff.

  4. magpie61 says:

    I know for a fact there are alternate realities and parallel universes out there.

    Every time I visit a creationist website I’m magically transported into another universe — where the world is only 6K years old, where the globe was flooded not long ago, where evolution doesn’t happen, etc. Then I come back here to this universe. I find these trips very refreshing.

  5. All well and good, but… don’cha like bare midriffs??

  6. Of course. They’re very Darwinian.

  7. I feel that anyone who took a class on Evidence from this guy should probably demand a refund.

  8. ‘Speeding up the process’ seems to imply that he thinks nature could do it, just slower. Thinking optimistically, this is only half as dumb as the standard creationist complaint that nature can’t do it.

  9. There is absolutely no reason to read past a title like “Let children hear evolution debate.” And no other reply is needed other than “Childern are already free to hear the ‘evolution debate’ on their own time and their parents’ dime. If that’s not good enough for you, don’t pretend that your asking for anything but a handout. One that you haven’t earned.”

  10. Frank J,
    Paper editors typically write the titles – not the authors – and editors very often screw up/misrepresent anything having to do with science. It happens on the pro-science side all the time, we should recognize that it might happen on the anti-science side too.
    In this case it didn’t; the editors captured the author’s opinion well, and yeah, this author’s opinion really isn’t worth reading. But in general I would say its a bad idea to judge anything in the realm of science journalism by the title.

  11. @eric.

    Good point. I was not thinking that the title might not have been written by the author. I know too well how editors and science writers inadvertently help pseudoscience, sometimes when they know better, but can’t resists the lure of sensationalism.

    I was also going to say “do read past the title anyway, but don’t expect to be enlightened.” The one word that never fails to tell me that what I will read will be only for entertainment value is “Darwinists.” Often it’s the first word of the article.