Michael Shermer

United States, 1954

Michael Shermer is a public intellectual and professional skeptic. He is the founding publisher of the widely-read Skeptic Magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and presidential fellow at Chapman University. Shermer first studied theology and (experimental) psychology, and thereafter received his doctorate in the history of science. Once a fundamentalist Christian, Shermer ceased to believe in God during his studies and now attempts to explain the ubiquity of irrational or poorly substantiated beliefs, while also explaining how scientific ways of thinking have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and the world around us. His lectures, television appearances and bestselling books, among which The Moral Arc (2015), The Believing Brain (2011) and The Science of Good and Evil (2003), are a worldwide success.