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.

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Michael’s “Skeptic” column in Scientific American

Apocalypse A.I.

In his March 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses the question of whether artificial intelligence poses an existential threat to human beings.

Imagine No Universe

Imagine nothing. Go ahead. What do you see? In his February 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer compiles several responses from a number of sources on the incomprehensible topic “nothing”.

When Facts Backfire

In his January 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses the tendency to double down on our deepest held beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence against them.

Born This Way

When did you choose to become straight? Say what? In his December 2016 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses new study published in the fall issue of the nonpeer-reviewed journal The New Atlantis on “Sexuality and Gender.”

Why Gloom Trumps Glad

Why is so much doom and gloom heaped on us by politicians and pundits on both sides of the political aisle? In his November 2016 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses the psychology of political pessimism.

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