Self-Published Genius #101: Spiritual Metaphysician

Today, dear reader, we have a new addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses. This is 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 title of the press release is Author Susan Truett Trammell’s new book “Mind over Matter” is a contemplative merging of science and spirituality for the twenty-first century. Like so many others in our collection, it was issued by Cision PRWeb, which says it’s “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” Here are some excerpts from the press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Recent release “Mind over Matter” from Page Publishing [Ding, ding!] author Susan Truett Trammell is a thought-provoking work that invites profound shifts in consciousness that will help us move away from self-limitation, lack, isolation, and fear toward expansiveness, inclusiveness, wholeness, connection, and compassion.

Right up front we’re given the name of the publisher. We already have the press release, but to make sure that this book qualifies for our collection, we need to know: Was it published by a vanity press? We found their website — Page Publishing. They don’t come right out and say it, but their website leaves no doubt — they’re a vanity publisher. They even say:

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Okay, the book clearly qualifies for our collection! Let’s return to the press release, which says:

Susan Truett Trammell, a contemporary spiritual educator [Wow!], speaker, and author currently living in the mountains [Amazing!] of western North Carolina near Asheville, has completed her new book “Mind over Matter”: a distillation of the constant flux of scientific discovery into relatable information for modern spiritual life.

Ooooooooooooh! We’ve only just begun to read the press release, and we already want this book! Then it tells us:

For centuries science and religion often have been viewed as in direct conflict. Now recent discoveries in the field of quantum physics [Egad!] are dissolving those perceived differences and revealing the similarities between (indeed, the intersection of) these two disciplines.

Ooooooooooooh! Religion and quantum mechanics, together at last! The press release continues:

“Mind over Matter” dispels the outdated belief that the nature of reality is not that conceived by so many for so long — from early Greek philosophers to Newtonian physics and even some twentieth-century science. Quantum science’s most recent discoveries about the non-material aspects of energy have now overtaken such outmoded thinking and the belief that our universe is material in nature.

Ooooooooooooh! The universe isn’t material in nature! Let’s read on:

Spiritual metaphysician, Susan Trammell, invites her readers to engage in a new kind of conversation about what it truly means to be spiritual beings experiencing humanity. [Gasp!] New revelations await anyone eager to positively influence the tipping point at which we find ourselves and our planet. Discover the means by which you individually and our collective human race can determine the future of generations to come.

One last excerpt from the press release:

Written for non-scientifically educated individuals, “Mind over Matter” offers everyone a path forward through a fusion of scientific discoveries and spiritual relevance. In this age of chaos and confusion, may we intentionally engage in opening our minds to be all that we’ve come to be.

Ooooooooooooh! The book gives you a path through the chaos and confusion of the age. What a book!

So we searched for it at Amazon. Aha! Here it is: Mind Over Matter. It’s only $10.64 in paperback, and for that you get a book that’s an amazing 87 pages long. Wowie! There are no reviews yet — you can be the first!

Amazon has a “look inside” feature for this book. Go ahead, take a look. You’ll be encouraged to place your order immediately. And when you do, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.

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5 responses to “Self-Published Genius #101: Spiritual Metaphysician

  1. “Written for non-scientifically educated individuals” I think this is the understatement of the year. They should have added “written *by*”!

  2. “Go ahead, take a look.”
    No, don’t. You’ll only read an introduction and a few pages about Plato’s Cave Allegory. It’s not amusing at all. I’d love to read Susan’s explanation of QM, but somebody else will have to pay for me.

  3. Ah Keith B, you beat me to it. I was going to say anyone billed as a spiritual meta-physician was probably writing for non-scientific individuals, and would be ignored by anyone who actually knew anything about quantum mechanics.

  4. In the words of the famous seer, relayed to me by my father, in his office as a Presbyterian divine: “What is mind? It doesn’t matter. What is matter? Never mind.”

  5. chris schilling

    Woody Allen on metaphysics:

    “I cheated on my metaphysics exam. I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”