Our last post about a self-published genius was Genius #10: Law Professor, 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, and so it is with our latest discovery.
Today’s genius is described as an engineering professor, giving us even more evidence for the Salem Hypothesis, which suggests that engineering types have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint.
As with other paradigm-shattering discoveries, today’s proud author has announced his work by hiring a press release service. This one 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 $80. We assume that’s what we’re dealing with now.
The press release we found is titled Evolution Exposed and Intelligent-Design Explained in Walter Starkey’s New Book. With no further delay, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Author Walter Starkey, a Doctor in biology and engineering, has been interested in the theory of evolution most of his life. After years of in-depth study about this topic however, he has made a conclusion about this firmly-held belief by the majority. In Evolution Exposed and Intelligent-Design Explained, he bares all.
Wow — he bares all! This is exciting! But before proceeding with what the press release says, we note that Walter’s book is “published” — that is, it’s printed — by something called Xlibris, a vanity publisher. But wait — he’s also written The Cambrian Explosion (Amazon listing) published by something called CSS Publishing, which says it’s a publisher of “Christian Books, Christian Subscriptions, Sermon Subscriptions, Sermon Books, Sermon Resources, Christian Preaching Resources, Worship Resources,….to meet that needs of pastors and the global ministry.” Okay, let’s read on from today’s press release:
Through extensive research and common sense, Dr. Starkey has discovered — backed with concepts on science, engineering, and mathematics — that the theory of evolution is the greatest scientific mistake of all time. This bold account attempts to prove this statement by presenting several facts that readers will find very eye-opening and enlightening.
Egad — “evolution is the greatest scientific mistake of all time.” We continue:
Furthermore, this account asserts that (1) the natural forces of the earth have no intelligence whatsoever, and therefore they could not have designed the animals, (2) human beings are intelligent enough to design machines but they are not intelligent enough to design the animals, and (3) the only entity that could design the animals would be the superhuman being who is much more intelligent than any human being; thus, the theory of Intelligent Design.
Isn’t this great? Here’s one more excerpt:
This book was not written for the purpose of attempting to change the opinion of any scholar who believes in the theory of evolution. Rather, it is an account that unveils an engineering professor’s expert-witness testimony on the origin of animals, including many novel analyses. It has been written primarily for young people who are in their formative years, and who are interested in learning the truth about the origins of the animals.
There’s nothing we can add. Now rush right out and get yourself a copy of this life-changing book. Hurry, before they’re all gone.
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