This is a unique 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 Book Challenges and Exposes Darwinism’s Inability to Explain the Origin of Sex, issued by Cision PRWeb, which describes itself as “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” It says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections [that look like this]:
F. LaGard Smith has a passion for critical thinking and is known for asking the hard questions others are often reluctant to ask, especially regarding life’s most important issues. Desiring to put forward a science-based argument against evolution that does not depend on biblical assumptions, Smith has written “Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem: Exposing Evolution’s Fatal Flaw — The Origin of Sex” (published by WestBow Press).
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The first time we wrote about evolution’s “sex problem” was Jack Chick: Sex Is Evolution’s Nightmare. A year later the same argument showed up at Hambo’s website: Answers in Genesis: Sex Didn’t Evolve, and then another creationist outfit adopted it: Discoveroids: Sex Is Irreducibly Complex.
Hey — wait a minute! We wrote about this guy and that same book in May of last year — see Self-Published Genius #70: The Fatal Flaw. Same publisher too — WestBow Press. We Googled for them. Yup — as before, their website says they’re a religious vanity publisher. So with a vanity press book and the author’s press release, the thing qualifies for our collection — just as it did last May. But why are they still issuing press releases? What’s going on here?
We searched for the book at Amazon — it’s still there: Darwin’s Secret Sex Problem: Exposing Evolution’s Fatal Flaw — The Origin of Sex. It has 13 reviews, almost all of them give it five stars. Wowie! And here’s what they say about the author:
Smith was a District Attorney for Malheur County, Oregon for three years, served as an administrator for the Oregon State Bar in Portland for a year, then spent 27 years teaching at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, focusing on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, and Law and Morality.
Okay, so where are we? It’s the same book we’ve written about before, but we got sucked in by another round of press releases. Let’s give F. LaGard Smith what we’ve given no vanity press author before — a double write-up in our list. His argument is so flamingly bizarre that he deserves the honor.
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