Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine,
the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly
columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech,
and Adjunct at Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Shermer's latest book is The Mind of the Market,
on evolutionary economics. His last book was Why Darwin Matters:
Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and he is the
author of Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown,
about how the mind works and how thinking goes wrong. His book The
Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share Care, and
Follow the Golden Rule, is 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
pseudohistory. 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.
According to the late Stephen Jay Gould (from his Foreword to Why
People Believe Weird Things): “Michael Shermer, as head of
one of America's leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful
activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason,
is an important figure in American public life.”
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 Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, he has appeared
on such shows as 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom
Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries, 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.
Dr. Shermer's website: www.michaelshermer.com
"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
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
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
- Minnesota State University/Moorhead
went fabulously! He is great both on stage and off. We loved working
with him and the audience loved what he had to say."
- Michele Troop, Inman News Real Estate Connect, New York, 2008