Michael Shermer

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Michael Shermer is the founder of The Skeptics Society and editor of Skeptic magazine. He has a PhD in the history of science and writes about a large number of paranormal and supernatural claims from a skeptical perspective.



Personal life

Shermer was born and raised in Southern California, graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in 1972.


  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Biology at Pepperdine in 1976.
  • Master's degree in Experimental Psychology at California State University, in 1978.
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree from Claremont Graduate University in the History of Science in 1991.

Professional life

Science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic.



  • Teach Your Child Science 1989
  • Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time.
  • Teach Your Child Math and Mathemagics 1999
  • The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense 2001
  • How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science 2001
  • The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience 2002
  • Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? 2002
  • In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Biographical Study on the Psychology of History 2002
  • The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule 2004
  • Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown 2005
  • Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks 2006
  • Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design 2006
  • The Mind of The Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics 2007
  • The History of Science: A Sweeping Visage of Science and its History 2009 audio lecture

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