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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’s Articles

Realizing Rawls’ Just Society

Michael Shermer reviews It’s Better Than it Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear by Gregg Easterbrook (Public Affairs. February 2018. ISBN 9781610397414.) A shorter version of this review was published in the Wall Street Journal on February 28, 2018 under the title “Why Things Are Looking Up”.

Mr. Hume: Tear. Down. This. Wall.

A Response to George Ellis’s Critique of My Defense of Moral Realism This article appeared in Theology and Science in December 2017. I am deeply appreciative that University of Cape Town professor George Ellis took the time to read carefully, think deeply, and respond thoughtfully to my Theology and Science paper “Scientific Naturalism: A Manifesto […]

Scientific Naturalism: A Manifesto for Enlightenment Humanism

This article appeared in Theology and Science Vol. 15, No. 3 in June 2017. A recording of this article can be listened to below, read by the author, with an introduction by David Smalley, thanks to our Patrons at Patreon. Abstract The success of the Scientific Revolution led to the development of the worldview of […]

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Michael’s “Skeptic” column in Scientific American

Silent No More

In his April 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses the rise of the “nones”—people who check the box for “none” on surveys of religious affiliation.

Factiness

Are we living in a post-truth world? In his March 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer reminds us of the importance of critical thinking, and recognizing our cognitive and emotional biases, in pursuit of the truth.

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.

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