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Shermer, Michael

Works: 228 works in 618 publications in 5 languages and 25,513 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea  History  Biography  Encyclopedias  Puzzles and games  Educational films  Internet videos  Trivia and miscellanea  Essays 
Roles: Author, Producer, Author of introduction, Other, Host, Editor, Contributor, wpr
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 )

57 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in English and held by 2,385 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 )

30 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 2,208 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
The borderlands of science : where sense meets nonsense by Michael Shermer( )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 1,959 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
In Darwin's shadow : the life and science of Alfred Russel Wallace : a biographical study on the psychology of history by Michael Shermer( )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Virtually unknown today, Alfred Russel Wallace was the co-discoverer of natural selection with Darwin and an eminent scientist who stood out among his peers as a man of formidable mind and outsized personality. In this biography, Michael Shermer aims to rescue him from the history's sidelines
Why Darwin matters : the case against intelligent design by Michael Shermer( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,759 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
The believing brain : from ghosts and gods to politics and conspiracies--how we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths by Michael Shermer( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Turkish and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shermer 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
Teach your child math : making math fun for the both of you by Arthur Benjamin( )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in English and held by 1,475 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 Skeptic encyclopedia of pseudoscience by Michael Shermer( )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,158 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 )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,154 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 )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,052 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
Secrets of mental math : the mathemagician's guide to lightning calculation and amazing math tricks by Arthur Benjamin( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 905 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
The mind of the market : compassionate apes, competitive humans, and other tales from evolutionary economics by Michael Shermer( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 851 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
The moral arc : how science and reason lead humanity toward truth, justice, and freedom by Michael Shermer( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In this provocative and compelling book, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world."
Science friction : where the known meets the unknown by Michael Shermer( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 773 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."--Jacket
Heavens on earth : the scientific search for the afterlife, immortality, and utopia by Michael Shermer( Book )

9 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans' belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality by radical life extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists, and mind-uploaders, along with utopians who have attempted to create heaven on earth. For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, the place where souls go after the death of the physical body. Religious leaders have toiled to make sense of this place that a surprising 74% of Americans believe exists, but from which no one has ever returned to report what it is really like. Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and what we can do in the here-and-now, whether or not there is a hereafter." -- Provided by publisher
UFOs, chemtrails, and aliens : what science says by Donald R Prothero( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"UFOs. Aliens. Strange crop circles. Giant figures scratched in the desert surface along the coast of Peru. The amazing alignment of the pyramids. Strange lines of clouds in the sky. The paranormal is alive and well in the American cultural landscape. In UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens, Donald R. Prothero and Tim Callahan explore why such demonstrably false beliefs thrive despite decades of education and scientific debunking. Employing the ground rules of science and the standards of scientific evidence, Prothero and Callahan discuss a wide range of topics including the reliability of eyewitness testimony, psychological research into why people want to believe in aliens and UFOs, and the role conspiratorial thinking plays in UFO culture. They examine a variety of UFO sightings and describe the standards of evidence used to determine whether UFOs are actual alien spacecraft. Finally, they consider our views of aliens and the strong cultural signals that provide the shapes and behaviors of these beings. While their approach is firmly based in science, Prothero and Callahan also share their personal experiences of Area 51, Roswell, and other legendary sites, creating a narrative that is sure to engross both skeptics and believers."--Publisher's description
Skeptic : viewing the world with a rational eye by Michael Shermer( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Russian and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For fifteen years, bestselling author Michael Shermer has written a column in Scientific American magazine that synthesizes scientific concepts and theory for a general audience. His trademark combination of deep scientific understanding and entertaining writing style has thrilled his huge and devoted audience for years. Now, in Skeptic, seventy-five of these columns are available together for the first time; a welcome addition for his fans and a stimulating introduction for new readers, "--
Mathemagics : how to look like a genius without really trying by Arthur Benjamin( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 552 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 )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grade level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, p, e, i, t
How we believe : science, skepticism, and the search for God by Michael Shermer( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on studies that bring scientific fact to such phenomena as out-of-body experiences, coincidence, and extrasensory perception, best-selling author and science historian Michael Shermer dissects the workings of the human mind, exploring how and why humans put their faith in a higher power, create rules of morality, turn to apocalyptic myths, and negotiate compromises between science and religion. In this new edition, Shermer explores findings and theories from neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and epidemiologists, as well as recent polls on religious belief, to illuminate how reason and skepticism can shape our understanding of the universe and our place in it. An all-new afterword covers the latest scientific research on how the brain makes us believers or skeptics."--Jacket
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Denying history : who says the Holocaust never happened and why do they say it?
Denying history : who says the Holocaust never happened and why do they say it?The borderlands of science : where sense meets nonsenseIn Darwin's shadow : the life and science of Alfred Russel Wallace : a biographical study on the psychology of historyWhy Darwin matters : the case against intelligent designThe believing brain : from ghosts and gods to politics and conspiracies--how we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truthsTeach your child math : making math fun for the both of youThe Skeptic encyclopedia of pseudoscienceThe science of good and evil : why people cheat, gossip, care, share, and follow the golden rule
Alternative Names
Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer Amerikaans schrijver

Michael Shermer amerikansk författare

Michael Shermer amerikansk skribent

Michael Shermer amerykański historyk nauki

Michael Shermer écrivain scientifique américain

Michael Shermer scrittore e storico della scienza statunitense

Michael Shermer US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftsjournalist, Wissenschaftshistoriker und Gründer der Skeptics Society

Šermeris Maiklas

Shermer, Michael

Shermer, Michael B. 1954-

Shermer, Michael Brant.

Shermer, Michael Brant 1954-

Μάικλ Σέρμερ

Майкл Шермер

Майкъл Шърмър

Мајкл Шермер

Шермер, Майкл

מייקל שרמר

مايكل شارمر

مایکل شرمر نویسنده آمریکایی

மைக்கல் செர்மர்

마이클 셔머

셔머, 마이클 1954-

셔머, 마이클 B. 1954-

셔머, 마이클 브란트 1954-

シャーマー, マイクル

シャーマー, マイケル