Self-Published Genius #46: New Zealand Visionary

This is a strange addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, 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.

The first strange thing is that we don’t have what looks like the usual press release. Instead, we found this at Stuff, a New Zealand website. That’s a peculiar name, but Wikipedia’s write-up on Stuff.co.nz assures us that they’re real. Their article, which certainly reads like a press release, is Nelson man up for award for book claiming scientific proof of God and paranormal. It says, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A Nelson man [that’s Nelson, New Zealand] who claims to have proven the existence of God in his new book is in line for an award. The Paranormal – is Normal! by Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill claims he has proven the existence of reincarnation, the paranormal and immortality. A bold claim, you might think, from a retired communications engineer in Nelson. But don’t judge a book by its cover.

This sounds exciting! But in addition to the press release — if that’s what it is — we need more to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Yes, it was!

We couldn’t find the book listed at Amazon, which is yet another weird aspect of this item, but we did find it at Wheelers, a New Zealand book dealer. This is their write-up, and they tell us that the publisher is something called The Copy Press. The publisher’s website leaves no doubt — they’re a New Zealand vanity press. It says: “We help writers throughout NZ produce visually attractive, well-designed books at a cost-effective price.”

Okay! We’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got what we’re certain is the author’s press release. Let’s find out what it says:

Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill said his book, the result of 15 years of personal study, was “solid science”.

Very impressive — 15 years of personal study. What’s the result? We’re told:

In the first chapter, Scott-Hill provides his argument for the existence of God. “And in the same chapter I actually demolished Darwinism.”

Wowie — and that’s only the first chapter! This book is fantastic! Let’s read on:

Moving on to reincarnation, which Scott-Hill insisted was in the Bible, he found evidence that he believed “seems to make sense”. However, proving the paranormal, telepathy and clairvoyance was a challenge.

Reincarnation was no problem, but things like paranormal, telepathy and clairvoyance were challenging. What happened? We continue:

“The book sat unfinished waiting, because I didn’t have an answer to the communication system for the paranormal, I mean, telepathy. How can you have mental thoughts, transferring from one place to another, and going perhaps to one area of the world and actually zeroing in on a person. You’ve never heard such bullsh** in your life, until you study quantum physics.”

The proof was there, he said, in the same science that has produced today’s MRI scanning technology used in hospitals. “That was a system that actually proves, and the quantum physics, that proves the reality of the paranormals, and the clairvoyance, and everything else. “So that was the breakthrough, that was what got me back into writing the book.”

[*Curmudgeon slaps his forehead*] Yes, of course — quantum physics is the key! Why didn’t we think of that?

Then the press release mentions an award the author won from something called the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust that promotes “transformative” ideas and breakthroughs that accord with the “loving nature of God.” They’ve been giving out awards for books since 2012.

We know you’re wondering: Who is this brilliant author? The press release doesn’t say much, but the book listing at Wheelers tells us:

Alastair (Bruce) Scott-Hill, a Professional Engineer (now retired), graduated as a BE (Elect), Cant. and spent his career in communication technology, particularly in telecommunications and information technology. The main portion of his career was with Telecom New Zealand spanning some 35 years designing national telephone exchanges, and telecommunication networks.

So there you are, dear reader. This may be the book you’ve been waiting for. Your Curmudgeon is pleased to have brought you this information.

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13 responses to “Self-Published Genius #46: New Zealand Visionary

  1. “…that proves the reality of the paranormals, and the clairvoyance, and everything else.”

    “Everything else”? Everything? Really? Thar’s the sort of precisely defined parameter that tells you this wasn’t just any Darwin-destroying engineer, this was a *communications* engineer. Such finely machined reasoning is all too rare in these troubled times.

  2. “Thar’s…”? While I do claim strong hillbilly roots, I must disown that thar spelling…

  3. It is puzzling why he resorts to mere naturalistic means of communication, when the paranormal, telepathy, and clairvoyance are available. I see no reason to order the book, as I am waiting for it to be communicated to me.

  4. michaelfugate

    Here’s a review of the book……

    It is the usual – design means intelligence, intelligence means god – missing the point of selection. Why are these people so dense.

  5. I’m with TomS: I await this wonderful book to appear in my visual cortex by magic. Warning: if you are trying this at home, don’t hold your breath.

    I’m just a lowly biologist, but based on my admittedly limited understanding of the standard model of physics, nothing mentioned in the review by Michael Cocks has any relation to reality. Perhaps a physicist in our group would be able to explain the flaws in detail.

  6. Dave Luckett

    Late in life, people who have had fruitful careers often become a little strange. There’s nothing to see here. Move on…

  7. Forget it, TomS and Abeastwood – your brains are not fit for quantum entanglement. Neither are mine.

  8. mnb0: Whew, for a minute I thought I might be quantum entangled with my ex!

  9. He proved the paranormal?? Really ?Then why does he not have Randi’s $1000000????

  10. robert van bakel

    I do apologise for my country, quite embarrassing really. We also gave the world Ray Comfort; deeply sorry! (Hangs head in shame:()

  11. Eric Lipps

    Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill said his book, the result of 15 years of personal study, was “solid science”.

    Very impressive — 15 years of personal study. What’s the result? We’re told:

    In the first chapter, Scott-Hill provides his argument for the existence of God. “And in the same chapter I actually demolished Darwinism.”

    I don’t know why I never occurs to these morons that if “Darwinism” could be “demolished” in the space of one chapter of some crank’s self-published book (part of one chapter, actually), evolution would have joined the ranks of discarded notions like phlogiston and neptunism before the end of the 1860s.

  12. Eric Lipps

    Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill said his book, the result of 15 years of personal study, was “solid science”.

    Very impressive — 15 years of personal study. What’s the result? We’re told:

    In the first chapter, Scott-Hill provides his argument for the existence of God. “And in the same chapter I actually demolished Darwinism.”

    I don’t know why I never occurs to these morons that if “Darwinism” could be “demolished” in the space of one chapter of some crank’s self-published book (part of one chapter, actually), evolution would have joined the ranks of discarded notions like phlogiston and neptunism before the end of the 1860s.

    No, actually, I do do know: it’s because they aremorons.

  13. Ceteris Paribus

    @ robert van bakel : On behalf of all of us “Northies”, I would be quite happy to accept your apology for the scandalous errors published by your NZ countryman, Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill.

    After all, we do realize that having to accomplish scientific work with the handicap of an earth upside-down, AND spinning the wrong direction, will necessarily induce a few anomalous results.

    If you could encourage Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill to move his operations to the proper Northern Hemisphere, I am sure the matter will be resolved and result in the publication of many more copies of his work.

    In fact we have here in the US another NZ native, much esteemed by his US audience who is now profitably publishing many articles on the subject of Eviloution.

    At the moment, my small self-publishing operation is seeking an author who can properly explain that the reason for why a room is brighter when the wall switch is turned on, is that operation of the switch causes all of the Dark to leak out of the room.