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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 new book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia.

Learn about Michael Shermer's new book, Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia.

Heavens on Earth

The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia

In his most ambitious work yet—a scientific exploration into humanity’s obsession with the afterlife and quest for immortality—bestselling author and skeptic, Michael Shermer, sets out to discover what drives humans’ belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality along with utopian attempts to create heaven on earth. Read advance praise for the book.

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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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Michael’s “Skeptic” column in Scientific American

Alvy’s Error and the Meaning of Life

The second law of thermodynamics (entropy) is the first law of life. In his February 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer reminds us that our most basic purpose in life is to combat entropy by doing something “extropic”—expending energy to survive and flourish.

For the Love of Science

Skepticism, it would seem, is context-dependent. In his January 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses some research that suggests valuing science for pure pleasure helps combat science denial.

Outlawing War

In his December 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer avers that “outcasting” works better than violence and war.

What is the Secret of Success?

In his November 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer ponders the secret of success. Does it come from talent, hard work — or luck?

Sky Gods for Skeptics

In his October 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer examines whether belief in extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) serves a function similar to religion.

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