His Imperial Majesty Doctor Eric Lis 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; he would say that this is not strictly accurate, but not for the reasons you might think. 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 psychiatrist practicing in Montreal, Canada. He operates a private practice and maintains affiliations with the McGill University Health Centre and the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital. 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, before completing his residency in psychiatry at McGill and becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. Dr. Lis is the director of the McGill University Psychiatry Perceptions of Emerging Technologies Labs, which conducts research on how people perceive, use, and fear advances in technology, particularly communications technology and social media. 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 is an avid though amateur writer and, in addition to peer-reviewed academic research, he has published several short stories and one role-playing game rule book.

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