- Paperback: 106 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496036670
- ISBN-13: 978-1496036674
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,785,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity
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About the Author
Mark Zamoyski received his BS in 1977 and MBA in 1978, both from Cornell University (Ag. & Life Sci. and JGSM, respectively). His scientific curiosity in the history of life on earth started several decades ago from fossils prevalent on one of the family properties in Arizona. In 2011, Mark set up specialized equipment to process the fossil collection and started evaluating the collection to understand the story it told. The result is this book.
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Building from the basic biochemical principles to the anatomical and physiological observations, he has provided a practical and methodical process to explain the unique, complex and diverse lifeforms that existed in the presence of single cell organisms.
I did help edit previous revisions of his book. While his approach to subject has changed significantly to a far more entertaining one, the approach still is a good mix of comprehensive and comprehensible. Seeing the artist's high-resolution renderings first hand, I can tell you that quality was sacrificed to fit on the written page.
What is worse, he seems to suffer from Pareidolia very badly, and as such, his fossils that he touts as evidence are probably not fossils at all. He shows lovely photos of various geological structures that he has found on his property, and then interprets them as novel and undiscovered kinds of animal. The problem is, these structures are not fossils, and what he interprets them as looks like nothing on earth. They are all pseudofossils, including concretions and some kinds of stains and dendrites. These are all things that look to the uninformed layman like fossils, but are just rocks that have formed in interesting ways, congealing lumps of mud or mineral, or seeping liquid minerals staining rocks.
The reason he sees the organic forms of fossilized animals in these stones, is the same reason many of us see animal or human shapes in the clouds or in wisps of smoke. Or brain looks for recognisable patterns, as a side effect of how our brain works, as such, we see patterns where there are none. Pareidolia is what psychiatrists call it.
So, this book appears to be "garbage in, garbage out". Man sees odd shapes in rocks, assumes they are fossilised animals, studies them and writes a semi-scientific drivel justifying his theories. I find it sad that this book has so many positive reviews, that some people are actually naive enough to believe this absolute nonsense. All I can say is, essentially, this man is deluded and mentally ill, translating his false interpretation into scientific gibberish.
AVOID AVOID AVOID
Take this one "The increased Ca++ in the extracellular fluid enhances nerve function by depolarization of nerve membranes per the Nernst equation, which ... enhances neurotransmitter release via the voltage gated Ca++ channels ..."
Or this one "... which then binds to vitamin D receptors in the osteoblasts increasing their production of RANKL (receptor activator of NK-kB ligand)..."
I doubt whether anybody who has bought this book knows what the Nernst equation is or has heard of NK-kB ligands. The author does not bother to explain. Such language is intended to intimidate the reader who stands in amazement before the supreme intellect of Mark J. Zamoyski. A previous US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld called this tactic "Shock and Awe".
All those pretty pictures try to convince the unwary that an fantastic diversity of animals came into being without evolution. His explanation is CSFF. Try CSFF on any acronym finder! I found "Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy". You will not find "calcium secreting filter feeder" aka sponge. Apparently, the DNA from CSFF cells somehow led to the creation of lots of strange animals, e.g. the Geckosaurus, the modestly named Zamoyski Dragon and the Braniac(sic!) Worm. There is even a picture of a fossilized Braniac Worm with an arrow pointing to the CSFF DNA!!
You will not find anything about CSFF DNA replacing evolution theory in peer reviewed literature (try http://scholar.google.com). And until that happens, I refuse to take Z. seriously. I really regret buying his book.