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 Evolutionary Theory to Stand Trial, 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 age-old question on human origins continues to incite debate. While science and religion present popular theories, arguments on both sides are oftentimes attached to predisposed biases. Nirushan Sivanesan, also known as Anonymous, presents an impartial examination of evolutionary theory and alternative beliefs in “Evolution on Trial.”
Hey — that’s new — at least to us. The author’s name is Nirushan Sivanesan, and he is also known as Anonymous. Very creative! The press release says:
“Evolution on Trial” provides readers with the facts they need to discern a stance on evolutionary theory. With his book, Anonymous provides and evaluates evidence on both sides of the evolutionary argument, encouraging readers to thoroughly investigate their beliefs. Anonymous also explores the validity of alternative views, including creationism, and compares the evidence against evolutionary theory.
Wowie — what a book! But as you know, 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? Indeed it was! The press release doesn’t disclose the name of the publisher, so we hunted for the book at Amazon. It’s interesting to see how many books have the same or similar titles as this one — including Darwin on Trial, the book by Phillip Johnson that started the whole Intelligent Design public relations campaign.
Anyway, here’s the Anonymous book’s Amazon listing: Evolution on Trial. There we learn that the publisher is AuthorHouseUK. Their website leaves no doubt that they’re a vanity press. The website’s “About” page declares:
AuthorHouse helps writers become published authors with a presence in the market. The company was founded in 1997 by an aspiring author who recognised the need for a simple and effective self-publishing process. AuthorHouse has grown into the world’s largest self-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:
“It seems that evolution is the widely-accepted belief, but further examination of the theory needs to be done before it can be accepted as fact,” Anonymous said. “With Evolution on Trial, personal and religious convictions fall to the wayside in order to thoroughly and objectively evaluate evolution.”
Anonymous presents his findings in a reader-friendly yet technically sound manner that nonscientific readers with fully comprehend. “Evolution on Trial” doesn’t provide answers, but encourages readers to seek their own explanations.
The book gives no answers; you have to seek your own. That sounds great! Hey — according to Amazon, the book costs only $18.24 in paperback, and it’s got 194 pages. But there aren’t any reviews yet. You could be first! Also, Amazon has a preview feature. A look at the book’s table of contents is very rewarding.
You’ve got to be wondering — who is this brilliant author? The press release tells us:
About the author: Nirushan Sivanesan, also known as Anonymous, is the author of “Evolution on Trial.” The book re-opens the case against evolution to establish whether the evidence supports or discredits the theory.
That’s not much information. Amazon doesn’t even say that much, so we turned to Google. It seems there are 4 people in the UK with that name, so we’re not going to make any guesses. The author’s identity doesn’t matter; his book is what’s important. So go ahead — buy the thing. You can’t go wrong.
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