It’s been six weeks since we had an 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 press release we found today is titled Science, Math, and the Existence of God. It was issued by WebWire. Their website says: “WebWire distributes your business, organizational and personal news releases and press releases on and over the Internet.” Here are some excerpts from the press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Faith and science are stubbornly regarded as two opposing sides. Science explains the mysteries in life; faith accepts these mysteries as part of life. Science requires evidence to prove scientific hypotheses; faith needs none to prove its beliefs.
Okay, now what? The press release says:
What if you need neither science nor faith to unravel the mysteries around God and his existence? [What?] What if, somewhere in the world, a mathematical problem exists to answer the question asked since time immemorial — does God truly exist?
A secret math formula? Is that possible? It sounds like something out of an old comic book — see Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers). Wowie — we can’t stop now, so let’s read on:
Ken Ungerecht explores faith and spirituality to dispel the questions in between in “Divine Principles.”
Ooooooooooooh! We gotta have that book! The press release tells us:
Perhaps “Divine Principles” will lead you towards the elusive connection between science and faith. Perhaps it will inspire you to find the golden mathematical equation. [Gasp!] Perhaps it will prove that the search for truth is testament of faith itself.
The “golden mathematical equation”? Ooooooooooooh! The press release says the publisher is YourOnlinePublicist. We rarely encounter a website with that many pop-ups and wild graphics effects. There’s not much doubt — it’s a vanity press operation. Okay, with that and the press release, we know the book qualifies for our collection.
Now let’s see if we can find it at Amazon. Yes — Here it is! It’s 166 pages long and costs only $7.99 in paperback. Wowie!
Hey — Amazon says the publisher is different. It’s something called Bookwhip. We looked for their website. Google gave us a link titled “Getting Started with Self-Publishing — Bookwhip,” but our browser wouldn’t go there — risky website, they said.
Anyway, we know you’re wondering about the author. Amazon doesn’t tell us much, but the press release says:
Ken was raised with a love for animals and sports on a small dairy farm in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. He spent thirty years as an engineer in the field of electronic communications in Baltimore, Maryland. Along the way, he discovered his true passion was an effort to combine his love for science with that of developing a better understanding of the true nature of the human spirit.
He’s “an engineer in the field of electronic communications.” What’s that — a radio repairman? It doesn’t matter. We want to learn about the “golden mathematical equation,” and we know you do too. When you place your order, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.
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