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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