Self-Published Genius #13: Vanity Reviewed!

Today we have another creationist with a vanity press book who is promoting his work by paying for a press release. We learned of this via something called PR NewsWire. The press release is titled Author Brings Light About Religion and Science in New Book.

The author who “brings light” to the subject is Michael Ebifegha. We checked the name at Amazon and discovered that he has a few other books to his credit. They have titles like: The Death of Evolution, published by Xulon Press, a vanity publisher. The listing for that book informs us:

Dr. Michael Ebifegha is a scholar with international experience. He obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in physics and a M.Sc. in applied geophysics from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, where he worked as a lecturer in the Department of Physics for five years. In Canada, he earned a M.Sc. in physics, from Carleton University and in 1986, the University of Toronto conferred upon him a Ph.D. in physics. Dr. Ebifegha also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He is currently a full-time science and mathematics instructor in the Toronto District School Board. In 1992, while employed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board, he obtained an additional qualification in religious education.

Impressive credentials indeed! Amazon also informs us that he’s written The Darwinian Delusion, published by AuthorHouse Publishing, which is yet another vanity press.

But let’s focus on what he’s written now. Creation or Evolution? was published by iUniverse, another vanity publisher. This is the book’s Amazon listing. Here’s some information from today’s press release, with bold font added by us:

Scientists cannot rule out the relevance of a Creator in establishing a mathematical and scientific world just as they cannot rule out the relevance of Albert Einstein in establishing the relation E = mc2. This is the basic theme that drives author Michael Ebifegha’s Creation or Evolution?

If that’s the basic theme, we can understand why the author had to pay to get this thing published. Let’s continue with the press release:

Creation is a primary process and is the reason for the basic kinds of living things, such as, people, cats and dogs. Evolution, on the other hand, is a secondary process and is one of the reasons that there are variations within each basic kind of living things, such as the different breeds of cats and dogs.

It’s all so clear now. Let’s read on:

Creation or Evolution? argues that creation and evolution are simply natural processes and as such a correct scientific worldview must embrace the fact that evolution as a secondary mechanism cannot displace creation as the primary mechanism.

So that’s what “a correct scientific worldview” is all about! Hey — what ’til you see what’s coming next. It’s a quote from a review of the book, which says:

There is much to debate, but the bottom line is this: if you are already a believer in creationism, this book is for you. If you’re a staunch evolutionist, you will find fault with every sentence. Whichever belief system you subscribe to, this book is unlikely to change your mind.

That’s brutal. It suggests that the book is totally fact-free. Now get this: that review comes from something called BlueInk Review. Their website says: “Self publishers face an uphill battle finding readers. Greatly increase your chances with an objective review of your self-published book.” BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They review vanity press books!

And it gets better! Their About BlueInk Reviews page says: “While our reviews are fee-based, all are honest, objective appraisals.” BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The author pays for the review. They write vanity reviews for vanity press books!

We never dreamed that such a service existed, and this discovery has overwhelmed us. We can’t go on with the press release. You have the link to it, and to the Amazon listing. Your Curmudgeon has taken this one as far as we can. The rest is up to you.

See also: Self-Published Genius #17: Evolution’s Inadequacy.

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2 responses to “Self-Published Genius #13: Vanity Reviewed!

  1. From the review: “There is much to debate, but the bottom line is this: if you are already a believer in creationism, this book is for you.”

    Maybe. Mayve not. Does he specify whether or not those “kinds” were created “in vivo”, i.e. via common ancestors with occasional creator intervention? Does he specify when those blessed events occurred? If so, many “believers in creationism” will find fault with it. OTOH if he plays “don’t ask, don’t tell” with such “details” and just obsesses on what he despises about “Darwinism” then they all might rave about it.

  2. Scientists cannot rule out the relevance of a Creator in establishing a mathematical and scientific world just as they cannot rule out the relevance of Albert Einstein in establishing the relation E = mc2.

    So the Creator didn’t create the laws of physics, just discovered them like Einstein? Or is it that Einstein created relativity form the void just like the Creator did?