Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer

Formal First Name
1954 - present

Michael Shermer is one of the most prominent skeptics in America, and is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show podcast, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For over 30 years, Skeptic has been on the forefront of skeptical inquiry and groundbreaking science, publishing insightful articles on a vast number of subjects. The magazine examines extraordinary claims, promotes science and reason, and serves as an educational tool for those seeking a sound scientific viewpoint. Michael 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. He was a monthly columnist for Scientific American for 18 years.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational (2022)

  • Giving the Devil his Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist (2020)

  • Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia (2018)

  • Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye (2016)

  • The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People (2015)

  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths (2011)

  • Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown (2010)

  • Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design (2007)

  • The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics (2007)

  • The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule (2005)

  • How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God (2003)

  • In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Biographical Study on the Psychology of History (2002)

  • The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense (2001)


  • Michael regularly contributes opinion editorials, essays, and reviews to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications.

  • He has been interviewed in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel.

  • He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Oprah, and Larry King Live.

  • He was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.

  • His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100.