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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