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Dr. Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His next book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia.

Michael Shermer’s Blog

Science Makes America Great

In this March for Science speech, Michael Shermer urges President Donald Trump to consider the vital role science plays in our lives.

How Might a Scientist Think about the Resurrection?

Did Jesus die and come back to life? In the parlance of current events, is this a fake news story, an alternative fact invented by the followers of Jesus, or did it really happen?

If There is No God, is Murder Wrong?

Michael Shermer strikes back against the attack on atheism made by conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager, in the recent video ‘If There Is No God, Murder Isn’t Wrong’.

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Learn about Michael Shermer's new book, Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye. Available in stores now!

Michael’s “Skeptic” column in Scientific American

Postmodernism vs. Science

In his July 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer avers that ‘there is no truth’ postmodernism and its perception-based equivalents are the root of intellectual battles on college campuses today.

Are We All Racists?

In his July 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer avers that implicit bias tests that attempt to measure our unconscious associations do not predict explicit bias or prejudicial behaviour.

Who Are You?

In his July 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses memories, points of view, and the self in light of the 2017 Netflix film, The Discovery, in which Robert Redford plays a scientist who proves that the afterlife is real.

Romance of the Vanished Past

In his June 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer explains why he’s skeptical of Graham Hancocks belief that long before ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonia, and Egypt there existed an even more glorious civilization.

On Witches and Terrorists

In his May 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer explains why torture as a tool to obtain useful information doesn’t work.

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