Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Non-fiction? Science? £12.89?

Sadly, I navigated to this book from the Non-fiction->Science->Biology section of www.audible.co.uk. It is a madness.

This section from the blurb is probably all you need to know:

These questions and many more are put to the test by Lloyd Pye, an expert in evolutionary theory from alien genetic manipulation.

It’s rather hard to imagine how one could be an expert in evolution theory from alien genetic manipulation or what that expertise might look like.

It doesn’t even matter what the ‘questions’ are, but for the record, Pye seems to think that people didn’t evolve from apes.  There are only dozens of bones to work from, he says, so it’s apparently much more likely that we were engineered by aliens.

Pye is one of those universal crackpots who believes virtually nothing established science says is real and that it’s all down to aliens.  Naturally, he thinks humans couldn’t have built the pyramids and thinks – for no reason at all – that a perfectly ordinary deformed human skull is of alien origin. 

You might know him from his crazy book Everything you know is wrong.  This excerpt from an Amazon review of that book is revealing:

Pye draws heavily on the writings of Zecharia Sitchin and subscribes to the idea that the Earth was struck by a rogue planet, known by the Sumerians as Nibiru, which apparently circles our Sun in an eccentric orbit and passes close by the Earth about once every 3,600 years. Nibiru was inhabited by a race known as the Annunaki, who were the Earth colonisers as described above.

This, he contends, is more likely than evolution.  You see, the aliens were a bit short of cash and so came here to get their scaly hands on our gold, which presumably also has value in space.  But due to their cashflow problem they naturally had to genetically engineer the locals so they’d be smart enough to help with all the mining.  This took 350,000 years, by which time you’d have thought the price of gold might have gone down anyway.  Plus, I’ve heard that those cash for gold offers are a scam.  But this all accounts, he says, for the 4000 genetic problems Homo sapiens has, which is ‘far more than other mammals’.  Sadly, however, I’m just repeating this from one of the reviews as I haven’t read the book, so I can’t enlighten you about what –if anything- this might possibly mean.

Charmingly, although he dismisses evolution, he’ll have nothing to do with creationism either.  His ‘theory’ (read bugfuck insane self-indulgent fantasy) addresses the weaknesses in both.  He says.

The reviews on the UK Amazon site are pretty positive, but there’s a particularly revealing one, which might help to explain why:

The only part I could not believe was concerning Nibru (also known as planet X), I just could not buy into that, I keep an open mind but there are some things I need to see in order to believe, with my own eyes! And that's why it only gets 3/5 - worth the money I paid.

This character is rating the book based on how much of it he decided arbitrarily was true, any actual evidence be hanged.  Also, it seems that his eyes are his major organs of belief, which seems odd.

If anyone finds any of his books in a charity shop, send me a copy and I’ll review it more fairly.  In the meantime, shame on Audible (a subsidiary of Amazon) for classifying this nonsense….this….piffle lite…. as science.

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