Richard Botelho is an author, thinker, philosopher, and social critic. His previous books include gold award winner The New Individualism: Personal Change to Transform Society, Leah’s Way, and Reason for Existence. His works are used in hundreds of colleges and universities and have been featured in The Midwest Quarterly, Library Journal, Philosophy, The Review of Metaphysics, Human Futures, Paradigm Explorer, Acta Theologica, De Numine, and The Journal of Personal Transformation.

Richard Botelho received his B.A. in Government and M.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento, graduating with honors. His thesis was entitled “Toward a Credible Central Intelligence Agency” and was published in 1983. His research included interviews with intelligence community and national security officials, including a former CIA Director. That process enabled vast insights into the structures and functions of society, specifically the confluence of politics, economics, power, technology, security, order, religion, and transformation. During a career as a senior vice president of marketing, he continued to publish articles and commentaries in various publications. In 1994, he published his first book, The New Individualism: Personal Change to Transform Society, the S.C.P.H.C. Gold Award winner in social philosophy. Believing that social philosophy can also be explored in works of fiction, he published the acclaimed novels Leah’s Way in 2004 and Reason for Existence in 2016.

Richard Botelho is a professional affiliate of a number of forward thinking organizations, including The Galileo Commission, The Independent Institute, The Aspen Institute, World Futures Studies Federation, Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, Alister Hardy Society for the Study of Spiritual Experience, and Open Sciences. He is considered a leading advocate for a new paradigm challenging the rigidity of scientific materialism, and considers this an extremely important aspect of his writing. His work appears in academic journals, consumer magazines, primary media, and numerous online websites and publications. His encyclopedia article can be read External link opens in new tab or windowhere.