It’s time for another 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.
In addition to the press release, we need more to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Oh yeah! Although the press release doesn’t disclose that information, we learned at Amazon that the publisher is something called iUniverse. Their website proudly announces: “Our self-publishing book packages offer various combinations of our publishing, editorial, and marketing services for a truly customized self-publishing experience.”
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:
As a former professor of mathematics, Ralph Carlson has spent considerable time working with students to help them develop logically correct arguments in constructing proof. After attending a conference that discussed creationism, intelligent design, and evolution – Carlson felt challenged to dig deeper into these same approaches just as he encourages his own students to use logic to find the truth of mathematical arguments.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He attended a creationism conference, and that’s where he was inspired to write this book. Let’s read on:
In Carlson’s new book “Truth and Consequences,” he transforms the question of God’s existence and related questions into propositions. “Instead of attempting to answer the questions concerning God’s existence, I approach everything with statements that are either true of false. There is no middle ground,” Carlson said.
What a brilliant approach! But wait — there’s more:
Along with encouraging his readers to answer tough questions, Carlson also challenges the theory of evolution and it’s logic over billions of years.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — what a book! [*End Drool Mode*] The press release continues:
“Evolutionists claim that all life on earth has evolved from simple forms of life over thousands of years and that this claim has been proven to be a scientific fact. However, this is a logical error in their so-called proof,” Carlson said.
That must have been quite a creationism conference he attended. Here’s the rest of the press release:
Is God trying to speak to America? Does God exist? What is the source of life on earth? Read “Truth and Consequences” and find out.
You’ve got to be wondering — who is this brilliant author? At the bottom of the press release we learn:
Dr. Ralph Carlson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a doctorate degree in mathematics. Carlson is now a retired professor from Grove City College and has published over 25 articles on mathematics in a variety of scholarly journals. … Carlson currently resides in Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and golfing.
And here’s the Amazon listing for his book: Truth and Consequences. It’s an impressive 108 pages long and costs only $12.95 in paperback. What a bargain! Well, dear reader — what are you waiting for?
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