Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the podcast The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, where he teaches Skepticism 101. He was a monthly columnist for Scientific American, writes a weekly Substack column, is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist, The Moral Arc, The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, and Science Friction.
Dr. Shermer is also a contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. He has appeared on The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Oprah, and Larry King Live, and has been interviewed in multiple documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Dr. Shermer 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.
Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University.
“As gratifying as the emotion of moral outrage is, it does little to bend the moral arc toward justice.”