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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

Free to Inquire

A book chapter for the The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy (December 26, 2018), edited by David Boonin.

Frequent Infrequencies

This op-ed by Michael Shermer was originally published on Slate.com as part of a Big Ideas series on the question “What is the Future of Religion” in 2015.

Moral Philosophy and its Discontents

Michael Shermer responds to Massimo Pigliucci’s critique of his Scientific American column on utilitarianism, deontology, and rights, entitled “You Kant be Serious: Utilitarianism and its Discontents.” (May 2018).

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Michael’s “Skeptic” column in Scientific American

Soul-Searching

In his June 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s idea that Google searches may act as a “digital truth serum” for our deeper and darker thoughts.

You Kant Be Serious

In his May 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, and natural-rights theory.

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.

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