“Michael Shermer is a beacon of reason in an ocean of irrationality.”
Neil Degrasse Tyson, Host of Cosmos, Director of the Hayden Planetarium
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American and Time.com, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.
Dr. Shermer’s latest book is The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. His other books include: The Believing Brain (from Ghosts, Gods, and Aliens to Conspiracies, Economics, and Politics—How the Brain Constructs Beliefs and Reinforces Them as Truths), The Mind of the Market (on evolutionary economics), Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design (about evolution, how we know it happened, and how to test it),Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown (about how the mind works and how thinking goes wrong), and The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share Care, and Follow the Golden Rule (on the evolutionary origins of morality and how to be good without God). He wrote a biography, In Darwin’s Shadow (about the life and science of the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace). He also wrote The Borderlands of Science (about the fuzzy land between science and pseudoscience), and Denying History (on Holocaust denial and other forms of pseudo history). His book How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God. He is also the author of Why People Believe Weird Things (on pseudoscience, superstitions, and other confusions of our time). He also wrote The Soul of Science (a brief statement of belief on science, the soul, and the afterlife, from a scientist’s perspective) and co-edited (with Pat Linse, the co-founder of Skeptic magazine) The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience (an analysis of the most prominent controversies made in the name of science).
Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991). He was a college professor for 20 years (1979–1998), teaching psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College (1989–1998), California State University Los Angeles, and Glendale College. Since his creation of the Skeptics Society, Skeptic magazine, and The Skeptics Society’s Distinguished Science Lecture Series, he has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Leeza, Unsolved Mysteries (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!), and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as interviews in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
Visit Dr. Shermer’s website: www.michaelshermer.com
- The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice and Freedom
- Why People Believe Weird Things
- Why Darwin Matters: Evolution, Intelligent Design, & the Battle for Science & Religion
- Why People Believe in God
- Does God Exist? A Debate with Dr. Doug Geivett
- The Debate Over Intelligent Design Theory
Michael Shermer’s book trailer for The Moral Arc
Michael Shermer’s 1st TED talk
More of Michael Shermer’s talks
- Michael Shermer’s 2nd TED talk:
Michael Shermer’s 2nd appearance on the Colbert Report:
Michael Shermer and Sam Harris debate Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on ABC Nightline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1eKK6hlLKQ
Michael Shermer’s talk on science, morality, and justice:
“Michael was fantastic!…We are just thrilled.” – Timothy Redmond, Director – Holocaust Resource Center
“The whole experience was fantastic…his talk was awesome, people really appreciated it…as we expected, his content about why people believe certain things resonated with people in public health, especially about fluoride and during this historic political environment. We very much thank you, others at Wolfman Productions and his time for making it happen!” – Kelly Rippel, Water Access Manager – Oral Health Kansas, Inc.
“Michael Shermer did a fantastic job. He really connected with the students and they paid very close attention. He had some funny comments that they responded to (which is always good with teenagers!) His PowerPoint and video clips were very effective. Several of our faculty and staff members have read his books and Skeptic magazine and were thrilled that we had him here. He certainly helped get the first week of Governor’s School off to a great start!” – —Lyle Rupert, Director – Arkansas Governor’s School
“Dr. Shermer was FANTASTIC!!! Not only did our audience fully enjoy his presentation, but they very much appreciated that he tied it into Community Water Fluoridation at the end. Dr. Shermer also took the time to meet with our leadership and some of our members. He was very kind and hospitable. A home run, for sure!!” – Julie Frantsve-Hawley, RDH, PhD; Executive Director – American Association of Public Health Dentistry
“You gave a really wonderful talk at TED. I was delighted with it and—well—you saw the response yourself. People loved it. Here are a few written comments we received… ‘Great stuff. Really interesting. Good presenter.’ ‘Bold POV.’ ‘One of my favorites— loved the topic and his support of it.’ ‘A unique perspective that I thoroughly enjoyed.’ ‘Great and entertaining!’ ‘Could have listened to him for a while. Hits on the things that drive us all crazy.’ ‘High energy. funny, smart.’ ‘Funny, insightful, & thought-provoking.’ Well done indeed. That talk needs to be heard by EVERYONE.” – Chris Anderson, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference, 2006
“The talk was super engaging, we were simply wowed and enthralled with the amusing yet logical way in which Shermer broke down beliefs. Many students later told us they were surprised by the talk as it inspired them to consider things they never really had contemplated…” – ASUCI Speakers – University of California/Irvine
“It was absolutely fantastic! It is was probably the best presentation I’ve seen in my four years at this University. The place was packed and his performance was very entertaining as well as informative.” – Utah State University
“…I loved it. It was terrific to see you in action, and I, and the rest of the audience I’m sure, could have stayed in our seats indefinitely…. The topics were utterly absorbing.” – Santa Clara University
“Everything went great for Dr. Shermer’s visit and talk – we had a crowd of about 550. We absolutely packed our student union ballroom (glad I had ordered extra chairs)”. – Minnesota State University/Moorhead