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Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University.
Dr. Shermer’s latest book is The Believing Brain, on how we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths. His last book was The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics, and he is the author of Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, The Science of Good and Evil, and Why People Believe Weird Things.
Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991). He was a college professor for 20 years, and since his creation of Skeptic magazine he has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). Dr. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, "Exploring the Unknown."
Watch below as Michael gives hit TED talk, titled "Why People Believe Strange Things":