There was a time, not so long ago, when you could “Google” the terms “Greg Laden” and “Idiot” and get, well, besides the several thousand hits about me being an idiot and stuff, an Amazon.com page for “The Idiot’s Guide to Human Prehistory by Greg Laden”This is a book I never wrote. But the publishers wanted me to. However, there were complications. The first complication was that I found out (from an excellent source) that the owner of the company had “a problem” with evolution, and I came to believe it was likely that certain things would be changed prior to publication. In particular, the word “evolution” was not going to appear in the title. And so on….I negotiated with the editor about this for some time, and was eventually assured, and I believed this, that there would be no hanky panky with the E-thing. However, there was another problem. The editors had a completion date in mind, but the negotiations took many weeks, so when I was ready to sign, the original publishing date was only a few weeks away. When I inquired as to what the new deadline for finishing the manuscript would be, I was told that the original schedule must be maintained. So I blew them off.Of course, what this meant was that they had to find a new writer (this ended up being Robert J. Meier), but the book came out at least a year after the oringally planned date. So this idiotic idea of not giving the writer more than a few weeks to write a book did indeed backfire on the editor. The book ended up without the word “Evolution” in the title, and is probably more what they wanted: A prehistory book, not a human evolution book. I have not read The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Human Prehistory myself, so I can’t tell you anything more about it. But K. Kris Hirst has read it, and you can read a review here.Anyway, thanks to a link at John McKay’s blog, we are made aware of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design (Complete Idiot’s Guide to). Here is a picture of it:I have not read this book either, even though it has been out for a year or so according to the copyright date. I searched around for about two minutes for reviews but did not find anything worth looking at.Has anyone read it?Anyway, here’s something interesting. While Googling “Idiot” and “Greg Laden” does not get you to any version of this book, Googling “Complete Idiot” and “Greg Laden” gets you to an Amazon page for Meier’s book that has a huge error on it. Instead of giving the bio for Meier as the author, it says this:
About the AuthorGreg Laden, Ph.D., teaches human evolution and paleoarcheology as an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Laden has worked at many field sites in Africa researching fossil evidence of early human existence, and helped maintain human prehistory collections at the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times and on local television networks in the Boston area.
I can assure you that I did not write that bio. It is sort of accurate (I was never a curator at the Peabody, though I did work there in various capacities). Also, I never heard of “paleoarchaeology.” Have you?To be honest, I prefer Dummy’s