Discoveroids Praise Self-Published Genius #125

Today we have a peculiar addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses. This is 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.

What makes this one peculiar is that we didn’t find it due to the author’s press release. Instead, we learned about it at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. Their post is titled Rabbi Moshe Averick Deflates the Multiverse, and the New Atheists, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a classic episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], Jerusalem-based guest host Ira Berkowitz talked with Rabbi Moshe Averick about his book Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism, a critique of the new atheists’ views on nature.

The Discoveroids conveniently provided us with a link to the book at Amazon. It’s 288 pages, and costs only $17.95 in paperback. Yes, Amazon has a “look Inside” feature, and as is typical of books recommended by the Discoveroids, it’s already got a bunch of reviews, most of which gave the thing five stars.

But what really interests us is the publisher. Amazon says it’s CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. That’s a name we’ve encountered before. Their website reveals that they’re owned by Amazon. Wikipedia has an article on them: CreateSpace, which flatly declares:

On-Demand Publishing, LLC, doing business as CreateSpace, is a self-publishing service owned by Amazon.

So we have a self-published book, but no press release — at least not one that we can find. Anyway, we’ll consider the book to be part of our collection. The Discoveroids then tell us:

Rabbi Averick shares his spirited takedown of the multiverse theory for the origin of life [No one cares about the multiverse theory!], dismantles the “God of the Gaps” objection to intelligent design [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!], and wonders why people who criticize books like his think they can do so intelligently without taking the time to read them.

Yeah, why do people who criticize books promoted by the Discoveroids think they can do so without reading the books? It’s an abominable mystery! Then they say this:

Download the podcast or listen to it there. [Link omitted!]

The Discoveroid post ends on a sad note:about the podcast host:

Editor’s note: With great regret, we recently learned of the passing of Mr. Berkowitz. Evolution News wishes his family comfort in their time of mourning. [So do we.]

And there you are, dear reader. Buy the book, denounce the multiverse, and stop claiming that the Discoveroids invoke the God of the gaps fallacy. Oh, and tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.

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8 responses to “Discoveroids Praise Self-Published Genius #125

  1. I’m glad to see the Amazon shills are back in full force. I was worried they were on Amazon shill vacation with the IMDB shills for the new Dune movie and the DC Films.

  2. Theodore Lawry

    Check out Casey Luskin’s new website. There is an hour long split screen video of Luskin being interviewed by “Zac.” You see both their faces, in close-up, without a break, for the full hour. Luskin rants on and on, and poor Zac looks incredibly bored. So not the way to do an interview!

  3. I remember seeing Douglas Axe interviewed after his having for years been the mysterious super brainy scientist working behind the scenes on super genius level ID theoretical stuff. He was like a little child, except dumb. Turns out he’s another average cardboard cutout creationist crackpot.

  4. chris schilling

    A spirited takedown of a speculative “theory” most physicists don’t subscribe to, anyway. Another belated response to “New Atheism” by a theologian/apologist, written long after the Dawkins/Hitchens et al. led
    movement peaked. Why? What’s the point? Was the rabbi a 90 pound weakling who had sand kicked in his face on a beach somewhere and — years later — decides to bulk up and exact revenge?

    Who needs to read the book in order to criticise it? I didn’t read the Da Vinci Code, either. It was bad enough just listening to people talk about the goddamn thing.

  5. And since the original, at least the King James version which I read cover to cover, was so bad, why would any of the apologies for it be better?

  6. I’ve read about the multiverse theory as a solution to the fine tuning “problem,” but never about it as an explanation for the origin of life. If I had more time, and less resistance to giving a crackpot money, I’d be interested to know what the heck he’s talking about.

  7. Actually, from a brief reading of his prose in the “look inside” feature on that site named after the river in South America, the rabbi would appear only to be a theist, rather than a crackpot. An apologist for theism, to be sure, but still not a crackpot. I’m actually rather tempted to buy his book. If I do, I’ll report. It’s conceivably possible that he might have something worth saying.

  8. bewilderbeast

    The good rabbi wonders why people who criticize books like his think they can do so intelligently without taking the time to read them. That’s nothing rabbi. More people PRAISE your other book without taking the time to read it.

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