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Dr. Michael Shermer is a social scientist who specializes in the psychology of belief and how ideas change our behaviors and effect both our personal and professional lives. He received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Shermer has written a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain. His book, The Mind of the Market, applies his psychological theories to business, finance, and economics.
Dr. Shermer has given two TED talks that have been viewed by millions and were voted as among the top 100 best TED talks among the thousands at TED.com. For this he was invited to give an unprecedented third TED talk in 2014.
Dr. Shermer is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University where he teaches Ph.D. students and at Chapman University where he teaches undergraduates. He is also the host of the Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, which he started in 1992.
Dr. Shermer writes a monthly column for Scientific American and is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a science publication promoting critical thinking.
Dr. Shermer has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Donahue, and Oprah, as well as interviews in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Dr. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
Dr. Shermer has founded companies and worked with businesses for 30 years and has a talk for corporations and industries that leaves audiences both entertained and educated on the power of belief and how thinking goes right and wrong, and how this translates into profits and losses. He explores how and why people are irrational when it comes to money and business, and he reviews the top ten biases that cause us to make mistakes in our decisions, both personally and professionally.
Drawing on research from neuroeconomics, Shermer explores what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and how trust is established in business. Utilizing experiments in behavioral economics, Shermer shows why people hang on to losing stocks and failing companies, why business negotiations often disintegrate into emotional tit-for-tat disputes, and why money and profits are only part of business, and that being a more caring and giving company can actually increase revenue. Along the way, Shermer answers such provocative questions as, Do our tribal roots mean that we will always be a sucker for brands? How is the biochemical joy of sex similar to the rewards of business cooperation?
Watch some of Michael Shermer’s lectures online
- Why people believe weird things (TEDTalk 2006)
- The pattern behind self-deception (TEDTalk 2010)
- Appearance on the Colbert Report,
discussing The Believing Brain (2011)
- Authors@Google, discussing The Mind of the Market (2008)
- Fox Business News with John Stossel (2011)
- MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show on health, happiness,
and self control (2012)
- PBS’s Charlie Rose, discussing pseudoscience (2007)
Reviews of Michael Shermer’s lectures
You gave a really wonderful talk at TED. I was delighted with it and—well—you saw the response yourself. People loved it. Here are a few written comments we received… ‘Great stuff. Really interesting. Good presenter.’ ‘Bold POV.’ ‘One of my favorites— loved the topic and his support of it.’ ‘A unique perspective that I thoroughly enjoyed.’ ‘Great and entertaining!’ ‘Could have listened to him for a while. Hits on the things that drive us all crazy.’ ‘High energy. funny, smart.’ ‘Funny, insightful, & thought-provoking.’ Well done indeed. That talk needs to be heard by EVERYONE.
It went fabulous! He is great both on stage and off. We loved working with him and the audience loved what he had to say.
Michael was FANTASTIC! Everyone was very pleased, in fact we had to turn away about 200 people because so many showed up! We had the room set up for 900, and every seat was taken. He is such an awesome person, our students truly enjoyed him.
It was absolutely fantastic! It is was probably the best presentation I’ve seen in my four years at this University. The place was packed and his performance was very entertaining as well as informative.
I loved it. It was terrific to see you in action, and I, and the rest of the audience I’m sure, could have stayed in our seats indefinitely… The topics were utterly absorbing.
Everything went great for Dr. Shermer’s visit and talk—we had a crowd of about 550. We absolutely packed our student union ballroom (glad I had ordered extra chairs).
Michael Shermer did a fantastic job. He really connected with the students and they paid very close attention. He had some funny comments that they responded to (which is always good with teenagers!) His powerpoint and video clips were very effective. Several of our faculty and staff members have read his books and Skeptic magazine and were thrilled that we had him here. He certainly helped get the first week of Governor’s School off to a great start!