Professor Michael Shermer, Ph.D.

Professor Michael Shermer
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Claremont Graduate University
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Dr. Michael Shermer is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. He earned his M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Claremont Graduate University. Professor Shermer also taught psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College and California State University, Los Angeles. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the executive director of the Skeptics Society, and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. As a public intellectual, Professor Shermer regularly contributes editorials, book reviews, and essays to The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Science, and other publications. He has appeared on such television shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline NBC, and Charlie Rose, and has also been interviewed for countless science and history documentaries on PBS, A&E, the Discovery Channel, HISTORY, the Science Channel, and TLC. An author of 10 books, Professor Shermer's most well-known title is Why People Believe Weird Things. His latest release is The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies-How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.

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  1. Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist Sale

    Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    Michael Shermer
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    Despite our best efforts, we are all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn’t matter how educated or well read we are. Our brains seem to be hardwired to have our beliefs come first and explanations for our beliefs second. But there’s a method for avoiding this pitfall of human nature, and it’s called skepticism. In Skepticism 101: How to Think like a...
  2. (Set) Skepticism 101 & Your Deceptive Mind Set

    (Set) Skepticism 101 & Your Deceptive Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Become a savvier, sharper critical thinker with this eye-opening course duo. In Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist, you'll discover how to apply the rational, empirical methods of skepticism to detect specious claims and faulty logic in any scenario you encounter. And in Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, you'll learn how to think about thinking (a fascinating process...
  3. (Set) Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist & Strategic Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist & Strategic Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Train your brain to think more deliberately and objectively with this immensely practical course duo. In Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist, you'll discover how to apply the rational, empirical methods of skepticism to detect specious claims and faulty logic in any scenario you encounter. And with Strategic Thinking Skills, you'll get a simple and comprehensive guide to the tactics, techniques, tools,...
  4. (Set)  Skepticism 101 & The Art of Critical Decision Making Set

    (Set) Skepticism 101 & The Art of Critical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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  5. (Set)  Skepticism 101 & Effective Communication Skills Set

    (Set) Skepticism 101 & Effective Communication Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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