Pretzel Logic and the Murdockettes
Sometimes reading the forums at the website of D. M. Murdock (aka Acharya S) is surreal. I recently took a look at the FAQs and some of them are unintentionally hilarious. They also illustrate the poor grasp of research skills among the Murdockettes. In particular, we turn to someone who goes by the moniker “Freethinkaluva22″ who apparently spends much time defending Murdock against any and all challenges. He is an admin at the forums and posted FAQs for its readers. Let’s take a look at one that deals with the issue of the publisher for The Christ Conspiracy. It has been pointed out that Adventures Unlimited Press is a publisher of books on conspiracy theories, UFOs, astrology, and not someone you would link to serious scholarship. So what sort of spin can Freethinkaluva22 conjure up to counter the criticism.
A friend of Acharya, Kenn Thomas owner of Steamshovel Press talked to his friend and owner of Adventurers Unlimited Press (AUP) David Childress about publishing Christ Conspiracy and he’s very happy he did. Let it be known that Christ Conspiracy is the NUMBER 1 SELLING BOOK of ALL TIME for AUP.
In case you are wondering, Kenn Thomas runs Steamshovel Press which is a conspiracy theorist publication. This is a guy who once stated that JFK was assassinated because of what he found out about UFOs. As for Childress, that is David Hatcher Childress, a guy from the Ancient Aliens TV show, who could link a 300 year old pair of chopsticks found in Asia to extraterrestrial technology.
Having one loon endorse you being published by another loon is not exactly the type of endorsement you should be seeking.
In response to the next unidentified quote (I believe it was from J. P. Holding):
The catalog of Adventures Unlimited Press, Acharya S’s publisher, specializes in conspiracy books, Extraterrestrial Archaeology, UFOlogy, books on Atlantas, Anti-Gravity, Cryptozoology, Lost Cities, Templar Studies, Mysterious Phenomena, etc.; i.e. it is not University of Chicago Press.
First of all, there’s no problem with those topics. Secondly, what these folks don’t know is that major, respected publishers also publish books on those topics and far worse. Major publishers also publish books on pedophilia, satanism, rape, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, murder, cannibalism and more.
Folks consider these to be respectable publishers and they are but, they publish books on all of those topics too. Simply go to Amazon.com and do a book search and type in a favorite publisher along with a topic from above and you’ll be amazed at what turns up.
Of course, left out of this is what sort of book is being published. There is a huge difference between Brill, an academic publisher, issuing a book on the history of ancient astrological beliefs and a popular publisher issuing a book on how to use the stars to find your perfect mate. Both might be found under a search for “astrology” but a large chasm exists between Otto Neugebauer and Jeane Dixon.
Also, does the search turn up a book because it was published by that press or for some other reason? For example, consider his next statement:
University of Chicago Press – Lets look up “conspiracy” and see what turns up …
The 9/11 Conspiracy by James H. Fetzer
The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth about Extraterrestrial life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt by Lynn Picknett
Now the University of Chicago Press might publish something dealing with conspiracies – it might be a treatment of conspiracy theories as a historical or sociological phenomenon; but neither of the books he listed are by the University of Chicago Press! The latter book cites works by the University of Chicago Press but the book itself is published by Penguin. Similarly, a later claim for Frank Joseph’s The Atlantis Encyclopedia is misguided as Prometheus does not publish that book. The mythical character Prometheus does, however, appear in the book. I think someone needs a lesson on how to use Google properly.
I did not bother searching the others as they were general publishers (Harper’s, Simon & Schuster, etc.) who publish both scholarly material and popular books. The point was not that Adventures Unlimited published books on conspiracy theories, UFOs, and the like – lots of publishers do that – but that they publish nothing but such material.
Anyway, you get the point. Complaints about Adventurers Unlimited Press (AUP) simply don’t stand and are simply used to try to get others not to read Acharya’s works.
Only in the world of tinfoil hats.