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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

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.

What is Truth, Anyway?

In his April 2017 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses the principle of proportionality: that we should prefer the more probable explanation over the less probable.

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.

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