Nobody! is the pen name of the author and central character of the books:
Nobody Knows (The Thing That Really Matters About) Anything!: A Users' Guide for the 21st Century
Written by: Nobody!
Nobody Knows Evolution!: Bulldogs, Rottweilers and the Intelligent Designers
Written by: Nobody!
Nobody Knows Consciousness!: Demystifying Life's Greatest Mystery
Written by: Nobody!
"Who would've thought to reinvent non-fiction and make it funny in the process?" Nobody!
"'Back to the Future' of Literary Non-Fiction." Nobody at DeLorean Motor Cars
"It's as if the 'Extracts' ate 'Moby Dick!'" Nobody at Real Vanilla Extracts
"Out Nabakovs Nabakov. 'Pale Fire' for 'Idiots!'" Nobody at the Red Onion State Prison "Super-Prison Literary Society"
"'In Cold Blood'--without all the blood!" Nobody eating "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
"Nobody! has arrived just in time to save the publishing industry singlehandedly!" Nobody at "Publisher's Weakly" Magazine
"Nobody! writes for the cheap seats!" Nobody at Cheapseats.com
“Nobody! takes ‘abstract’ writing to a whole new level. Plus, he had the good sense to number things!” Nobody selling Jackson Pollock's Numbered Paintings (“They make people look at a picture for what it is--pure painting!”)
"Nobody!'s genius was to realize that science was comedy!" Nobody at the University of Clown Science ("The Science of Clowns! The Clowns of Science!")
"Nobody! makes Anonymous irrelevant!" Nobody at Warner Books
"Irreverent--NO!--Irrelevant common sense. Nobody! Knows!" Nobody at "Rolling Stones" Magazine
"We think Nobody! should make a movie!" Nobody at the American Institute of Corn Porn ("Pornography made entirely from corn--for when the ethanol subsidies end! Think creamed corn--and COBS!")
To maintain his anonymity, Nobody! likes to pretend that he's Steve Martin ("to throw the paparazzi off the scent"). To be clear, Nobody! is NOT Steve Martin.
Why would anyone write popular science for people who aren’t interested in science?
I think that there are things that people ought to know about science--both good things and bad things. I think it’s important to understand science at some basic level. I believe that I can create an interest in what I feel is the important information that people ought to know about science by making it entertaining. Nobody has attempted to write popular science that is entertaining enough that it would appeal to people who are not interested in science. I think that I can. I’m in the process of demonstrating to myself and others whether or not I am correct in that opinion.
How would you define your writing style?
Without setting out to do so in the beginning, it is obvious that I have settled on the under-1000-word essay as my default chapter style. Over three books, my average chapter length is just over 750 words. The under-1000-word essay has many advantages, which is why it is the most popular form of essay on the internet (including news essays). Longer essays quickly loose reader interest unless the reader has a special or prior interest in the topic. The main beauty of the under-1000-word essay is that it has to be standalone entertaining. It has to grab your interest, and by the time that an ordinary essay needs to figure out how to hold you interest, it’s over. Its length dictates that it can only be about one thing, and if that one thing is presented in an entertaining manner, then it has a good chance of sticking in your memory (people can only efficiently remember one thing at a time). It allows me to make the points that I want to make in each book memorable (hopefully)--one point at a time. It’s as clear a writing style as I can envision.
From bacteria to human beings, consciousness explained in plain simple English. Consciousness is a survival app, an instinct to "try anything" when confronted with unknown dangers. If you saw the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and understood it, you will understand this book! Easy reading and fun. Anyone who has a consciousness, ought to read this book!
“Nobody! cuts through the Gordian knot of Darwinian Evolution and Intelligent Design!” Nobody at Gordian Solutions
“Nobody! puts the hag back in science hagiography!” Nobody in Eastwick
“Intelligent microbes guide evolution? A colony of networked idiots can build a town? God is bacteria? Need we say more?” Nobody at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason
"While some early reviews by Nobodies indicate that this book is a work of meta-fiction, I prefer to think of it as a work of meta-non-fiction--one which I'm sure has Truman Capote turning over in his grave. He had his own opinion about how the true story of multiple murders ought to be told." Nobody!