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Shermer, Michael

Works: 176 works in 415 publications in 2 languages and 21,907 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea  Biography  Encyclopedias  Popular works  History 
Roles: Author, Producer, Host, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: Q172.5.P77, 133
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Michael Shermer
Most widely held works by Michael Shermer
Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time by Michael Shermer( Book )
42 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 2,442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In Why People Believe Weird Things, science historian Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons we find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. The editor of Skeptic magazine and the director of the Skeptics Society, Shermer shows how the eternal search for meaning and spiritual fulfillment often results in our thinking being led astray by extraordinary claims and controversial ideas - particularly in the realms of superstition and the supernatural." "But Shermer also reveals the darker and more fearful side of wishful thinking, including Holocaust denial, creationism, the recovered memory movement, alien abduction experiences, the satanic ritual abuse scare and other modern witch crazes, extreme Afrocentrism, and ideologies of racial superiority. As Shermer investigates these movements and the people behind them, you'll be introduced to the strange debating tactics of creationist Duane T. Gish as he goes toe-to-toe with the author over evolutionary theory; the apocalyptic visions of a leading racial pseudoscientist; ESP adherents who claim they've proved the power of thought-control; the "magical" techniques a famous psychic uses to fool his audiences; and the leaders of the Holocaust denial movement and their views on Nazis, freedom of speech, and future goals." "A compelling, and often disturbing, portrait of our immense capacity for self-delusion, Why People Believe Weird Things is ultimately a celebration of the scientific spirit - and the joy to be found in exploring the world's greatest mysteries, even if many of the questions remain unanswered."--Jacket
Denying history : who says the Holocaust never happened and why do they say it? by Michael Shermer( Book )
24 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 2,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened and, for that matter, how we can confirm any historical event. This edition is expanded with a new chapter and epilogue examining current, shockingly mainstream revisionism
Why Darwin matters : the case against intelligent design by Michael Shermer( Book )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intelligent Design" campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology. Cutting the politics away from the facts, skeptic Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to show that evolution is not "just a theory" and illustrates how it achieves the design of life through the bottom-up process of natural selection. Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents are invoking a combination of bad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology. He refutes their arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. He then appraises the evolutionary questions that truly need to be settled, building a powerful argument for science itself.--From publisher description
In Darwin's shadow the life and science of Alfred Russel Wallace : a biographical study on the psychology of history by Michael Shermer( )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Virtually unknown today, Alfred Russel Wallace was the co-discoverer of natural selection with Charles Darwin and an eminent scientist who stood out among his Victorian peers as a man of formidable mind and equally outsized personality. Now Michael Shermer rescues Wallace from the shadow of Darwin in this landmark biography. Here we see Wallace as perhaps the greatest naturalist of his age--spending years in remote jungles, collecting astounding quantities of specimens, writing thoughtfully and with bemused detachment at his reception in places where no white man had ever gone. Here, too, is h
The borderlands of science : where sense meets nonsense by Michael Shermer( Book )
15 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"As author of the bestselling Why People Believe Weird Things and How We Believe, and Editor-In-Chief of Skeptic magazine, Michael Shermer has emerged as the nation's number one scourge of superstition and bad science. Now, in The Borderlands of Science, he takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another."--Jacket
Teach your child math making math fun for the both of you by Arthur Benjamin( )
5 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 1,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Introduces your preschooler to math by using visuals and then progresses to games and concepts that can be enjoyed by a fourth or fifth grader
The believing brain : from ghosts and gods to politics and conspiracies--how we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths by Michael Shermer( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book the author demonstrates how our brains selectively assess data in an attempt to confirm the conclusions (beliefs) we've already reached. Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, he considers not only supernatural beliefs but political and economic ones as well. Synthesizing thirty years of research, the author, a psychologist and science historian, upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first, and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, he argues, is a belief engine. Using sensory data that flow in through the senses, the brain naturally looks for and finds patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning, forming beliefs. Once beliefs are formed, our brains subconsciously seek out confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, which accelerates the process of reinforcing them. He provides real-world examples of how this process operates, from politics, economics, and religion to conspiracy theories, the supernatural and the paranormal. He demonstrates why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not our beliefs match reality
The Skeptic encyclopedia of pseudoscience by Michael Shermer( )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A thorough, objective, and balanced analysis of the most prominent controversies made in the name of science-from the effectiveness of proposed medical treatments to the reality of supernatural claims. Annotation. For decades, the Skeptics Society has been examining supernatural and extrascientific claims and publishing their findings in </Skeptic/> magazine. This two-volume set contains a number of articles from that publication along with new material. In volume one, 59 alphabetical entries introduce the reader to scientific research on phenomena such as crop circles, astrology, the Shroud of Turin, and witchcraft. Twenty-three articles examine more closely such topics as homeopathy, the origins of the pyramids, and the search for Atlantis. Case studies, debates, and a selection of historical documents are found in volume two
The science of good and evil : why people cheat, gossip, care, share, and follow the golden rule by Michael Shermer( Book )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reveals how humans have evolved from social primates into moral primates, exploring the implications of fuzzy logic, fate, free will, and ecology, among other issues affecting the way humans think about moral issues
How we believe : the search for God in an age of science by Michael Shermer( Book )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Recent polls report that 96% of Americans believe in God. Why is this? Why, despite the rise of science, technology, and secular education, are people turning to religion in greater numbers than ever before? Why do people believe in God at all?" "These provocative questions lie at the heart of How We Believe, an illuminating new study of God, faith, and religion by best-selling author Michael Shermer. Offering fresh and often startling insights into age-old questions, Shermer's new book explores how and why humans put their faith in a higher power, even in the face of scientific skepticism. With characteristic logic and intellectual intensity, Book jacket."--Jacket
The mind of the market : compassionate apes, competitive humans, and other tales from evolutionary economics by Michael Shermer( Book )
10 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this eye-opening exploration, author and psychologist Michael Shermer uncovers the evolutionary roots of our economic behavior. Drawing on the new field of neuroeconomics, Shermer investigates what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and establishing trust in business. He scrutinizes experiments in behavioral economics to understand why people hang on to losing stocks, why negotiations disintegrate into tit-for-tat disputes, and why money does not make us happy. He brings together astonishing findings from psychology, biology, and other sciences to describe how our tribal ancestry makes us suckers for brands, why researchers believe cooperation unleashes biochemicals similar to those released during sex, why free trade promises to build alliances between nations, and how even capuchin monkeys get indignant if they don't get a fair reward for their work.--From publisher description
Science friction : where the known meets the unknown by Michael Shermer( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In each of the essays in Science Friction, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores the barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the boundaries of the unknown. As Shermer puts it, the challenge we all face in distinguishing facts from fiction can be summed up with a twist on a well-worn bromide: "I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it." What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? Together, these fourteen essays probe the omnipresent clash between the known and the unknown, always employing Shermer's trademark wit and intelligence."--BOOK JACKET
Secrets of mental math : the mathemagician's guide to lightning calculation and amazing math tricks by Arthur Benjamin( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An accessible guide to mathematical calculation reveals the secrets of rapid mental calculation, memorization, and other feats of the mind, with tips on how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and work with fractions, squares, and cube roots
Mathemagics : how to look like a genius without really trying by Arthur Benjamin( Book )
6 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows how to get maximum effect out of four basic math skills by teaching tricks and techniques that make calculating in your head very easy
Teach your child science by Michael Shermer( Book )
5 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An exciting book of discovery, Teach Your Child Science introduces such subjects as physics, geology, and biology in terms that parents can easily share with their children
How we believe : science, skepticism, and the search for God by Michael Shermer( Book )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sport cycling : a guide to training, racing, and endurance by Michael Shermer( Book )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cycling : endurance and speed by Michael Shermer( Book )
2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mind of the market : how biology and psychology shape our economic lives by Michael Shermer( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bestselling author and psychologist Shermer explains how evolution shaped the modern economy--and why people are so irrational about money. Drawing on the new field of neuroeconomics, Shermer investigates what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and establishing trust in business
Think like a maths genius : the art of calculating in your head by Arthur Benjamin( Book )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How to calculate almost anything in your head. Did you know that it's easier to add and subtract from left to right, rather than the other way round?You can be taught to square a three-digit number in seconds. Learn how to perform lightning calculations in your head, discover methods of incredible memorisation and other feats of mental agility. Learn maths secrets for the real world, from shopping to calculating a restaurant tip and figuring out gambling odds (or how much you've won). Learn how to solve sudoku faster
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Alternative Names
Shermer, Michael
Shermer, Michael B. 1954-
Shermer, Michael Brant.
Shermer, Michael Brant 1954-
シャーマー, マイクル
シャーマー, マイケル
English (201)
Polish (2)