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Author’s Corner: Kingsport woman disputes scientific ‘myths’ in books

Holly Viers • Feb 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM

In her two books, Kingsport resident Kay Kiser wants you to rethink what you know about poverty, environmentalism and foreign aid.

Her latest work, “Saving Africa from Lies that Kill: How Myths about the Environment and Overpopulation Are Destroying Third World Countries,” offers tips for fixing problems faced by developing nations rather than simply managing them.

What’s your background?

Kiser is a retired chemist with more than 30 years of experience in industrial research and development. A graduate of Emory & Henry College and East Tennessee State University, Kiser describes herself as a lifelong researcher into all things science and history and has published two nonfiction books in her Modern Mythology series.

The first book, “Perverted Truth Exposed: How Progressive Philosophy Has Corrupted Science,” delves into what Kiser describes as the “flawed logic” behind many longstanding scientific assumptions and world views. It was originally released in 2016 but will be re-released later this year.

Her second book, “Saving Africa,” was released last year. In it, Kiser argues that various aid groups have been hindering struggling nations rather than pulling them out of “isolation, poverty, sickness and ignorance.”

What got you interested in these topics?

In her first book, Kiser said she concentrated on several areas of science that she felt “had been corrupted or had gone down the wrong path.” For her second book, she wanted to focus more on environmentalism, a topic that had piqued her interest while working on her first book.

Kiser spent a combined eight years researching and writing her books — six on the first one and two on the second. She describes her second work as “more of a mission than just a book.”

“I want to get a lot of people interested in undoing some of the bad things that are being done to these poor countries and actually building them up and help them join the 21st century with the rest of us,” Kiser said.

The book specifically identifies investment, infrastructure, education, employment and disease control as critical needs for developing countries. Various ways for the reader to help assist these countries are given in the last two chapters.

Where can the books be purchased?

Both books are available on Amazon in paperback and electronic versions, Kiser said. They can also be found online from book retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

What kind of response has “Saving Africa” received?

Kiser’s book ranked No. 1 and No. 6 in two categories on Amazon following its release. In addition, Kiser said author Steve Milloy reviewed the book on his blog site and called it a “must read.”

“I think we all need to get involved in helping people in poor countries raise their standard of living and end some of these abuses,” Kiser said. “It’s more of a cause for me than just a book at this point.”

To receive a signed copy of the book, contact Kiser at [email protected]

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