Why am I qualified to write this book?
The fact of the matter is there’s no expert in this field, because -- there is no field. (At least not yet.)
Nobody is qualified to write this book.
That said, my background in medicine and scientific research prepared me well to undertake a project like this. I’ve published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and have served on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins and University of California, San Francisco schools of medicine.
My training and practice were in internal medicine and my specialty is medical informatics—using computers for electronic medical records, diagnosis, and other purposes. I founded and led two companies focused on clinical decision support and electronic medical records.
The most important thing is this: While I have a strong background in medicine and scientific research, I'm not an expert in any of the fields this book touches on (genomics, paleontology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and many more). This has allowed me to analyze the pertinent data with a trained eye but not a biased or filtered one.
This book is the result of years of literature research and personal communications with experts from various fields. Writing it was a learning experience, which is what I hope reading it will be for you.
Dr. Simborg received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his MD degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He lives with his wife, Madeleine, in Mill Valley, California. They have two children and four grandchildren.