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Michael Shermer

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Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine

Executive Director of the Skeptics Society

Monthly columnist for Scientific American

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Shermer’s latest book is “The Mind of the Market” (Henry Holt & Company, 2009), on evolutionary economics. His previous book was “Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design” (Holt Rinehart and Winston, 2007), and he is the author of “Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown” (Owl Books, 2005), about how the mind works and how thinking goes wrong. His book “The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share Care, and Follow the Golden Rule” (Holt McDougal, 2005), is on the evolutionary origins of morality and how to be good without God. He also wrote “The Borderlands of Science” (Oxford University Press, 2002), about the fuzzy land between science and pseudoscience. His book, “How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God” (Holt Paperbacks, 1999), presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God.

Dr. Shermer was a college professor for 20 years (1979–98), teaching psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College (1989–98), California State University Los Angeles, and Glendale College. Since his creation of the Skeptics Society, Skeptic magazine, and the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, he has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Leeza, Unsolved Mysteries, and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as interviews in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.

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"Dr. Shermer, as head of one of America’s leading skeptic organisations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life. He 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."

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