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His Imperial Majesty Doctor Eric Lis (MD., CM.) has been called the only man ever to have his writings published in the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Weird Tales Magazine in the same year. Physician, scientist, author, and amateur philosopher, Dr. Lis has ruled the Aerican Empire since its inception in 1987 and his subsequent election to the position of Emperor. He was instrumental in the founding of Silinism and is a Discordian pope appointed by Robert Anton Wilson himself. Under Dr. Lis' moderately-wise and mostly-benevolent rule, Aerica has grown and prospered, becoming one of the most well-known micronations in the world.
Currently, Dr. Lis is a resident in psychiatry at the McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Canada. He obtained his bachelor's degree in psychology with honours and distinction from Concordia University in 2005, writing two research theses on the topics of impression formation and manipulative behaviour. He studied medicine at McGill University, where his interest in mental health continued with his work with the suicide prevention Emergency Room Follow-up Team at the Montreal Children's Hospital and his publication of several papers on borderline personality disorder and suicidality. His research interests include the study of deception and lying, but Lis claims a diverse interest in a range of subjects from sociology, exercise science, philosophy, history, religion, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and economics. His background in psychology and psychiatry makes him one of the few micronationalists alive able to make an educated and medically-grounded assertion that while many of his hobbies are odd or unusual, he is completely sane.
Dr. Lis holds awards for creative and philosophical writing. He has had columns published for several years in university student newspapers and has contributed essays to various magazines.
- Lis E. My True Lovecraft Gave To Me. Weird Tales 2008;352:78-81.
- Lis E. A Contract Without Loopholes. Weird Tales 2011;358:58-65.
- Lis E, Greenfield B, Henry M, Guilé JM, Dougherty G. Neuroimaging and genetics of borderline personality disorder: a review. J Psychiatry Neurosci 2007;32(3):162-73.
- Greenfield B, Henry M, Weiss M, Tse SM, Guile JM, Dougherty G, Zhang X, Fombonne E, Lis E, Lapalme-Remis S, Harnden B. Previously suicidal adolescents: predictors of six-month outcome. J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2008;17(4):197-201.