Self-Published Genius #48: Collapse of Darwinism

Today we have 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.

The press release for this one is titled Proof of the Collapse of Darwinism, issued by PR Web, which describes itself as “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” It says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:

The roots of all evolutionary thinking stem back to Darwin and his theory of natural selection. The research Dr. Gregory Bredemeier has completed proves that Darwinism fails as a scientific theory.

After nearly 40 years of experience and research, Dr. Bredemeier wrote The Collapse of Darwinism. He wrote the book in four parts, starting with defining Darwinism and its weaknesses, and ending with the demonstration that the theory fails and pointing out common errors of Neo-Darwinist authors.

Gasp — 40 years of research! This is serious. But who is this guy who calls himself “Dr.” Bredemeier? At the end of the press release we’re told:

Dr. Greg Bredemeier is a board-certified emergency physician practicing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with over 30 years of clinical experience. He received a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University, Medical Degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, an Executive Juris Doctor with concentration in health law from Concord Law School, and a Doctor of Religious Studies from Trinity College and Theological Seminary. He also authored The Philosophical Attack on Christianity and Judicial Activism and the Assault on Christianity.

Very impressive! The press release also says:

This clinical investigation is carried on waves of personal stories from the lives Dr. Bredemeier encountered in the Emergency Room, as well as many other individuals whose misfortunes helped show how incomprehensibly complex the human machine really is.

Personal stories — the best kind of scientific research! Hey — get this:

The Collapse of Darwinism is heavily cited with over 500 citations and contains nearly 100 references.

The book has been cited over 500 times? Really? Somehow, we think that word is being misused. Nevertheless, this could be the book you’ve been searching for. But 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? Yes, it was!

Here’s a link to Amazon’s listing for the book: The Collapse of Darwinism: How Medical Science Proves Evolution by Natural Selection is a Failed Theory. They say it’s published by WestBowPress. We Googled for them. Yup — their website says they’re a religious vanity publisher.

Okay! We’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. Let’s find out what else it says:

Dr. Bredemeier believes that Darwinism and the separation of church and state are the pillars of Secular Humanism, that Secular Humanism is a manifestation of egocentrism, and that each pillar is an inherently flawed doctrine, which is pathologic and therefore destructive.

M’god — this guy wants the US to be a creationist theocracy! The press release ends with an inspiring quote from the good doctor:

“Darwinism has become wedded to the separation of church and state to create a leviathan whose purpose is to keep God out of government now,” Dr. Bredemeier said. “All I need do is demonstrate the invalidity of Darwinism and the leviathan falls.”

According to Amazon, the book is 346 pages long and it costs only $19.69 in paperback. You can’t resist a bargain like that! Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for? Go get it!

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19 responses to “Self-Published Genius #48: Collapse of Darwinism

  1. O gawd, another one of those. These people don’t seem to realize that they are yet another in a long series of self appointed experts who write this clap-trap and whose books sink without a ripple. Does it never occur to them that they wouldn’t have to pay to have their “research” published if it had any real merit, even merit in the eyes of a religiously oriented publisher, much less a science oriented one?

  2. From the WestBow website:

    Each title must meet the following standards in order to carry the WestBow Press brand:

    Communicators who profess a personal faith in Jesus Christ. […] Nevertheless, we want to work with communicators who claim to be Christians and are not ashamed of it.

    Communicators who embrace the central truths of historic Christianity. […]

    Communicators who seek to live according to the standards of biblical morality. We do not expect perfection. […] We want to promote communicators who “walk the talk.”

  3. Forgot the end block quote…. I have sinned and fallen short….

    [*Voice from above*] You are forgiven.

  4. Christine Janis

    I note that the text includes:

    “Embryology is much more complex than Darwin perceived”, and “Failed Darwinian concept — Junk DNA”.

    Clearly a work of great scholarship

  5. The roots of all evolutionary thinking stem back to Darwin and his theory of natural selection.

    I stopped taking Bredemeier seriously at this point. Surely his 40 — count’em, 40!!! — years of research must have revealed to him that the “roots of all evolutionary thinking” go back to considerably before Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.

  6. ““Darwinism has become wedded to the separation of church and state to create a leviathan whose purpose is to keep God out of government now,” Dr. Bredemeier said. “All I need do is demonstrate the invalidity of Darwinism and the leviathan falls.”

    At least he is honest about his motivated reasoning.

  7. Our Curmudgeon proclaims

    Personal stories — the best kind of scientific research!

    What!? Better than intuition and teleological narcissism? Surely not!

  8. realthog is right, “the “roots of all evolutionary thinking” go back to considerably before Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.” Darwin was aware of the work by philologists on the evolution of languages (especially, at the time, Indo-European languages).

  9. Seems to me if there were a god with the capabilities attributed to it by Dr. Bredemeier, said god could intrude on any government any time it damn well pleased.

  10. ” …that Secular Humanism is a manifestation of egocentrism”

    Whereas thinking that the all powerful creator of the universe, the entity that has always existed, outside of time and space, cares about whether you masturbate or not, there is no way that is egocentric, is there?

  11. “There is no evidence for a magic mutation that made us human,” said Willerslev. [Prof Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Copenhagen]

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/21/indigenous-australians-most-ancient-civilisation-on-earth-dna-study-confirms

  12. I do wish people would not use the word “civilization” so promiscuously. The Australian Aboriginals are indeed the world’s most ancient distinct population, a fact which has been suspected for a very long time. But however ancient and in a sense venerable their culture, they are not a civilization, because the essential property of civilizations is that they build cities.

    The Aboriginal people were hunter-gatherers in what is, for a hunter-gatherer, a sparse environment. A few of them still are, at least some of the time. They are superbly skilled and specifically adapted to that economy in that environment. Nobody can deny their very close identification to the land; nobody can fail to deplore their loss of it. Yet it does no good whatsoever, and introduces all manner of misunderstandings, to call their society something it was not. Ancient far beyond the reckonings of mere history it certainly was and is; civilized it was not.

  13. @Dave Luckett

    I’d take your general point, but would disagree with this part of it: “the essential property of civilizations is that they build cities.” True, that’s obviously the etymology of the word, but there are plenty of word whose meanings no longer match their etymologies. I’d offer the Plains Indians as a nomadic civilization (or group of civilizations). Further — and especially relevant here because of various discussions held over the past few weeks — it’s perfectly feasible to conceive of technologically advanced alien civilizations that aren’t city-based.

    Things become a bit clearer, I’d suggest, if we start using “culture” in place of “civilization.”

  14. I agree, but would continue to advocate a more specific use of the word “civilization”, and would suggest “society”, rather than “culture” in place of “civilization” as used above. Culture is what societies produce.

  15. I have no problem talking about a Indigenous Australian civilization; “city” is a random standard. But I have no objection either. What I do object is inconsistency. If there is/was an Indigenous Australian civilization it can’t be the oldest one as the article itself points out: “they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea”. And they set out from East Africa. So the people who did so had an older civilization than the Indigenous Australians, who simply were the first to split off.

  16. mnb0 says:

    I have no problem talking about a Indigenous Australian civilization; “city” is a random standard.

    City-building implies more. Much more. To live in cities, people have to develop specialized occupations. There must be agriculture to support the city-dwellers. Within the city, there will be merchants, tradesmen, artisans, etc.

  17. @Dave Luckett

    “Culture” can be used in both senses. I notice that this morning’s Guardian followup to yesterday’s article indeed talks of the Indigenous Australian culture rather than civilization.

    @mnb0

    I think the word “extant” was implicit in the original article, which talked also of earlier, now lost cultures.

  18. Our Curmudgeon adumbrates the hallmarks of civilisation:

    Within the city, there will be merchants, tradesmen, artisans–

    And Lawyers. Lots and lots of Lawyers…

  19. Buy the book. Buy a good bottle of Tempranillo. Decisions decisions. I think I am going with the wine.

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