This is an exciting 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 titled Nature of Reality Questioned in ‘Beyond Intelligent Design: From an autonomous universe to a functional virtual reality’. It was issued by PRWeb, which “gets your news straight to the search engines that everyone uses, like Google, Yahoo and Bing.”
We always need to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Absolutely! The press release says the publisher is something called CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Their website leaves no doubt — they say: “Hundreds of thousands of authors like you are publishing profitable work right now instead of waiting for agents and publishers to give the green light.” It sounds like if you’re willing to pay, they’ll publish your underwear.
Okay — we’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. Let’s find out what it says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis. The lead paragraph of the press release will immediately grab your attention:
In his book, “‘Beyond Intelligent Design: From an autonomous universe to a functional virtual reality’, Efthimios Harokopos presents his case in favor of teaching alternatives to evolution theory in the education curriculum.
Ah, that’s what we want to see. Now you’re all wondering — what’s his argument for teaching alternatives? Here it comes:
The central argument in the book is that the question of the autonomy of our physical reality has not been settled by modern science.
The autonomy of reality? Wow — he’s referring to the independence of reality, its freedom from being governed by some sovereign. Let’s read on:
The book starts its journey at Elea, an ancient Greek colony, where philosophers presented compelling logical arguments against the autonomy of the world. Harokopos argues that the answers to these logical arguments offered by modern science are not convincing and there is a possibility that we do not fully understand the nature of our physical reality.
This is fascinating! The press release continues:
If our world is not autonomous, then there are significant implications: Non-autonomy could imply that life did not emerge by chance but there is underline [sic — underlying?] intelligence that governs its creation and evolution, which he calls intelligent interaction.
Gasp — does he mean “intelligent design”? It seems that he does. Here’s more:
Intelligent design vs. evolution debate is one of the most controversial debates. Harokopos approaches the notorious intelligent design doctrine from a novel perspective based on the virtual reality hypothesis and in a way that allows falsification through experimentation. Obscured facts are presented about the foundations of classical and modern science that challenge the autonomy of this world. Harokopos argues that the fragile foundations of modern science warrant the investigation of alternatives, such as theories that deny the autonomy of this world and corroborate the hypothesis of constant intelligent interaction, which in turn indirectly supports the intelligent design hypothesis.
Wow — this guy should be working for the Discoveroids! Moving along:
Harokopos makes it clear that his book does not attempt to provide support to the intelligent design hypothesis doctrine and that he is agnostic on this issue. Instead, he argues, science must not exclude alternatives theories, such as those that challenge the autonomy of this world, because such autonomy is not evident. More importantly, the book asserts that alternative theories about the emergence of the world and human life should be part of the educational curriculum because they can provide a better balance of human values and that is to the benefit of society.
Golly — he’s right! Scientists have to prove that the universe is autonomous, and they haven’t done that.
You’ve got to be wondering — who is this brilliant author? The press release tells us:
Efthimios Harokopos received a Bachelor’s degree with honors and a Masters degree from SUNY at Buffalo. He then completed the coursework towards a PhD and received a second Master’s degree from Columbia University. He has a passion for philosophy of science and does independent research regarding the nature of reality and the impact of digital revolution on human life and evolution.
Very impressive! And here’s the Amazon listing for his book: Beyond Intelligent Design: From an autonomous universe to a functional virtual reality. It’s 132 pages long and costs only $14.95 in paperback. It’s the bargain of the century!
Well, dear reader — what are you waiting for? Go get it!
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