Founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, Executive Director of the Skeptics Society


Michael Shermer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Michael Shermer is a science writer, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims. Shermer also produces and co-hosts the 13-hour Fox Family television series, "Exploring the Unknown," and is a monthly columnist for Scientific American magazine. Shermer is the author of several books that attempt to explain the ubiquity of irrational or unsubstantiated beliefs. ..."

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Michael Shermer - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government

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Scientific American
Since Oct 2002


Science, Reason, and Moral Progress, Cato Policy Report, Jan 2015
Argues that the progress made in the domain of morality in the past few centuries resulted primarily from the Scientific Revolution (Copernicus, Newton, etc.) and the Enlightment that followed it
"We are living in the most moral period in human history. I realize that to most readers that statement will sound almost hallucinatory, but not only have we become more moral over the past several centuries, most of this progress has been the result of secular forces, and the most important of these that emerged from the age of reason and the Enlightenment are science and reason, terms I use in the broadest sense to mean reasoning through a series of arguments and then confirming that the conclusions are true through empirical verification."

Books Authored

How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, Oct 1999
The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule, Feb 2004
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time, May 1997