Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Publisher, Skeptic magazine; Monthly Columnist, Scientific American; Presidential Fellow, Chapman University; Author, Heavens on Earth

MICHAEL SHERMER is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and presidential fellow at Chapman University.

He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing BrainWhy Darwin MattersThe Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His new book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality and Utopia.

Shermer regularly contributes opinion editorials, essays, and reviews to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Oprah, and Larry King Live. He has been interviewed in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. He was also the co-host and co-producer of the thirteen-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown

Shermer 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. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on evolution, economics, and the brain.