Michael Shermer (Skeptic)
In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace (Oxford University Press); The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense (Oxford University Press), Denying History (University of California Press), How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God (W. H. Freeman), Why People Believe Weird Things (W. H. Freeman).
Founding Publisher, Skeptic Magazine; Director, Skeptics Society
Contributing Editor and Monthly Columnist, Scientific American
Host, Skeptics Caltech Lecture Series
Co-Producer and Co-Host, Exploring the Unknown, 13-Hour Series on the Fox Family Channel, aired in 2000.
Science Correspondent, KPCC radio, NPR affiliate for Southern California
Fellow, Linnean Society of London
Ph.D., History of Science, Claremont Graduate School
M.S., Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
Featured interviews on 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Tom Snyder, Politically Incorrect, Donahue, Oprah, Sally, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries, A & E, Discovery, The History Channel, and The Learning Channel.
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech, and the co-host and producer of the 13-hour Fox Family television series, Exploring the Unknown. He is the author of In Darwin's Shadow, about the life and science of the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. He also wrote The Borderlands of Science, about the fuzzy land between science and pseudoscience, and Denying History, on Holocaust denial and other forms of historical distortion. His book How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God. He is also the author of Why People Believe Weird Things that was widely and positively reviewed and was on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list as well as the New Sciences science books bestseller list in England. Dr. Shermer is also the author of Teach Your Child Science and co-authored Teach Your Child Math and Mathemagics.
According to Stephen Jay Gould (from his Foreword to Why People Believe Weird Things): "Michael Shermer, as head of one of America's leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life."
Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State Univesity, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate School. Since his creation of the Skeptics Society, Skeptic magazine, and the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech, he has appeared on such shows as 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Sally, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries, and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as on documentaries aired on A & E, Discovery, and The Learning Channel.