I am a retired physician (42+ years as an internist) who has had ten books published. The latest book is ARE WE HERE TO RE-CREATE OURSELVES: A Convergence of Designs. It takes a close look at weaving patterns throughout human history--prehistory toys to modern day robots--such as cave art to blueprints, wooden dolls to statues, mannequins to humanoid robots, eyeglasses and television to video surveillance(+), hearing aids and radio to audio surveillance (+) and the abacus to computers which has led to artificial intelligence (AI). I discuss the need for humanoids from a biological/MD perspective (for repetitive work or work with drudgery or danger), but I also go through many other concerns . We are clearly re-creating ourselves (on Purpose and by Plan?). The varied purposes of life (secular and religious) are debated within the text. Do we have this Goal, to explore the universe, too, as Designed by Intelligent Design? The problems man will have traveling beyond Mars are discussed--documented at the ISS. Given our present and likely future technology we may never be able to send "real" humans beyond Mars. Just imagine pre-trials with suspended animation trials on Earth for ten, fifteen and fifty years. Who will volunteer? Twenty-five years into the twenty-year trial of sleeping, the technology, the goals even life on Earth, may change. My first four books were medical thrillers. The Z Papers sold for 350,000 copies with Arbor House and Bantam, had two screenplays written, but failed at casting. It was also a Detective Book Club of the Month and a Reader's Digest selection. The Adam Experiment was bid on by the producer of Jaws ($20,000) but lost to Arbor House by contract. It also was picked up for a screenplay. Three of the four books were hardback and paperback. Both Pandemic and MURDOCK were published by Arbor House. The next two books were medical spoofs. I laughed all the way through writing these. I have many anecdotal stories to tell and I now hand them out at drug and alcohol rehab centers where, I assume, they may be particularly understood. I used to lecture on the benefits of using humor in medicine. These books (The Glue Factory and To Glue or not to Glue) have to do with a humanoid doctor (Dr. Rossum) in a fantasy hospital. One lady is magnetized by an out of control MRI and gets stuck on the outside of a city bus. A deaf psychiatrist gives advice by feeling scalps. A blind surgeon is one of the best in the world. Uses his other senses. A bunch of party goers have a vat of glue (accidentally?) dumped on them and many are stuck in compromising positions. And, someone or something is out to get Dr. Rossum, the robot doctor. Rossum's name was taken from a famous 1920 play (R.U.R. Rossums's Universal Robots) by Capek. The seventh book, Common Sense and Disaster Preparedness (pub. by the Journal of Emergency Medicine), did well until preparedness information could be retrieved for free on the Internet. I have lectured across the country on preparedness including giving a seminar (in San Antonio) to NASA's medical staff from all of the theirs clinics (seven as I recall). The eighth and ninth book discuss Intelligent Design and contrast it with Darwin's theory of evolution. Pub. by Harvest House Publishers. What Darwin Didn't Know went for eleven large printings and a small printing in Spanish while I toured and lectured in Spain. Billions of Missing Links did almost as well. These topics have been major hobby/interest of mine. . I have been teaching disaster preparedness for twenty years and work with Eugene and Springfield. Oregon. I am on an Advisory Council for CERTS. Previously, I was a member of FEMA's Regional Advisory Council for Region Ten (RAC X). I have the credentials to be a small city emergency manager. I have helped with or been caught up in a number of disasters. I am a Fellow with the Discovery Institute. I have several articles and podcasts with them re ID. I have lectured in Spain and Israel as well as across the U.S. on campuses, in synagogues, in churches and have been on radio many times. I am/have been friends with such notables as Steve Meyers, Michael Behe, Damon Knight(dec.), Kate Wilhelm (dec.).and Gerald Schroeder. I worked as a medical correspondent for KABC (LA) in the early 1970s, for KPNW in the1990s, and for KUGN in the early 2000s. In fact, I did a weekly radio show for KUGN, Tuesdays 7-8AM for seven years called Doc Talk. I have been on with George Noory's Coast to Coast three times and several national and international radio shows For interest sake (perhaps), I was on the Steve Allen Show in the early 1970s when I spearheaded a campaign to fight VD (STDs now). No one would talk about it those days. I was quoted in Newsweek. I have three article/blog sites: Evolution News(EN) with Discovery Institute, Shabbat.com and Aish.com. They discuss the complexities of life's processes and Intelligent Design. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have copies of all my books which also include MURDOCK, The Adam Experiment, and Pandemic Copies of those and The Glue Factory and To Glue or Not to Glue are not easily obtained elsewhere
“Re: ARE WE RE-CREATING OURSELVES: The most enthralling sections, though, focus on the wonder and complexity of life on Earth; at times, the author’s refrain about intelligent design fades into the background as his sheer fascination regarding life’s breadth, and the intricacy of such processes as locomotion, takes center stage.”
– Kirkus Reviews
This thought experiment–turned-manifesto delves into the possibilities of intelligent-design theory.
Simmons (To Glue or Not To Glue, 2009, etc.) brings his multifaceted interests and his background as a medical doctor to this sweeping discussion of macroevolution and intelligent-design theory. The ambitious scale of the book belies its relatively straightforward purpose: to make a case for intelligent design through examples of intricate complexity in nature and humans’ own innate interest in re-creating versions of themselves—from dolls to robots to clones. He discusses a wide range of topics, including the water cycle and the history of corrective lenses, to offer evidence of what he sees as the unlikelihood of evolutionary development. Along the way, the author uses colloquial language, such as “scare the bejesus out of us,” to create moments of humor in an otherwise sober manifesto. Some chapters provide intriguing intersections of ideas—for example, in one, he argues that the sense of hearing is so diverse and complex in nature that it must have been made by design, while also noting that we, as humans, have the capacity to create robots that can hear. The most enthralling sections, though, focus on the wonder and complexity of life on Earth; at times, the author’s refrain about intelligent design fades into the background as his sheer fascination regarding life’s breadth, and the intricacy of such processes as locomotion, takes center stage. The book also offers thought-provoking quotes between chapters from famous and nonfamous people, which adds to the meditative tone of some discussions, and a substantial portion of the text is dedicated to the concept of self-awareness and the question of how nonhuman life thinks. The conclusion offers an insightful look forward.
A wide-ranging and often engaging discussion of the workings of the observable, living world.
Pub Date: Sept. 24, 2019
Page count: 308pp
Review Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2019
A robot doctor makes the rounds in this wacky medical fantasia.
Mount Sinai Hospital’s newest intern, Dr. Alan Rossum, is too good to be true–or at least human. He’s â€œfireproof, germ-retardant, buoyant, unstainable, extremely flexible and even shrink-resistant,” can diagnose most patients just by looking at them, and is already an expert in every specialty. His preternatural good looks and comforting bedside manner provoke all women to throw themselves at him, though his heart belongs to the elevator computer with the lilting loudspeaker. Best of all, in the eyes of the cost-conscious hospital management that bought him, he’s cheap, doesn’t mind odd hours and never goes on strike. But even when his leg is blown off and he must go hopping across the grounds to retrieve it, no one, aside from a ten-year-old boy in the psych ward, particularly notices that Rossum is an android. He hardly stands out at a place where the top surgeon is blind and dismembered corpses are spliced back together and reanimated. His presence does, however, arouse the wrath of the mysterious M.A.F.–either the Medical Anti-Defamation Foundation or the Mobsters Against Fysicians, according to a high-priced abbreviations consultant–a terrorist group that launches high-concept attacks on the hospital’s board. One director is permanently magnetized by an MRI machine while another is pushed into a giant photocopier and emerges with a compulsive urge to mimic everyone he encounters. Simmons, an internist and author of The Z-Papers (1976, etc.), orchestrates the hijinks with a healthy disregard for rhyme and reason. His surreal gags puts one in mind of Douglas Adams, had he written A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Medical Center. (A stint in Mount Sinai’s extraterrestrial’s ward makes for one of Dr. Rossum’s most hilarious adventures.) The result is a pixilated comedy that’s as light as a balloon filled with laughing-gas.
Raucous, imaginative entertainment.
Pub Date: March 18, 2009
Review Posted Online: May 23, 2010
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