About the author
For as long as he can remember Neil Hudson Newman has experienced difficulty in accepting ideas that most people take for granted. This questioning nature plagued him during both his upbringing and his professional life, when he worked as a civil/structural engineer. …
As a child, raised in the once Chapel-dominated South Wales Valleys, he couldn't understand why his teachers and senior family members chastised him when he sought explanations for contradictions and absurdities he could see in the Bible. And when he won a place in the local Grammar School he had to learn the hard way that the gowned masters in that esteemed institution did not appreciate intellectual rebels. By the time his secondary education had ended he believed he'd spent more time in the Head's study than any pupil in the school's history.
A turning point in his life occurred some years after he'd obtained an Engineering degree at Glasgow University. In 1980 he had what he later considered to be a stroke of good fortune: he started a postgraduate course, in Construction Management, at Birmingham University. Although it didn't take him long to become embroiled in heated arguments with his lecturers, he was astonished to discover that the course supervisor welcomed his lively contributions.
His immersion in this liberating and hitherto unknown environment for one year had a totally unexpected effect on him. He suddenly needed to find answers to a spectrum of questions about mankind and our history that, since his childhood, had lingered in recesses of his mind. And he soon came to the conclusion that these voids in our knowledge exist not because of the inherent difficulty of filling them but because our society has a propensity to elevate fools.
The chain of investigations that ensued resulted in an array of written works and in the year 2000 his first book was eventually published: Volume 1 of Les Sentiers des Dieux, Pathways of the Gods. A year later he became drawn, reluctantly, into the world of crop circles.
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