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  Michael Shermer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Michael Shermer (born 1954) is a science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims.
Shermer is the author of several books that attempt to explain the ubiquity of what in his opinion are irrational or unsubstantiated beliefs.
Shermer is regarded by several critics as a cynic in skeptic's clothing and has been described as the ”Saul of Tarsus of the skeptic's movement” since he was once a fundamentalist who had an epiphany and then made it his life's mission to debunk pseudo-scientific claims.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Michael_Shermer   (646 words)

  
 IBSS - Other Views - Michael Shermer
Shermer then asked how many of these people would change their beliefs if scientists found that some of the probabilities Ross had cited were shown to be changing in a direction against belief.
Shermer gave a brief summary of the origin of the eye, noting that its structure was clearly consistent with the evolutionary model.
Shermer was finally forced to interrupt, pointing out that it didn't matter WHO or WHAT started the Universe, or who or what put amino acids together and proteins together to make life, the student was just putting the "g" word in front of everything to make his point.
www.bibleandscience.com /otherviews/shermer.htm   (3459 words)

  
 Dr. Michael Shermer - WOLFMAN PRODUCTIONS
Michael Shermer, the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, is a genuine ghost-buster, a relentless crusader against superstition and pseudoscience.
Michael Shermer is the Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech, and the co-host and producer of the 13-hour Fox Family television series, Exploring the Unknown.
Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University,his M.A. in experimental psychology from California State Univesity, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate School.
www.wolfmanproductions.com /shermer.html   (547 words)

  
 Edge: SCIENCE AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BELIEFS
Michael Shermer is mainly interested in understanding how science works as a system of thought, as a social system and as a psychology of beliefs.
Ultimately Shermer wants to reach half a million readers, like Scientific American, but, he notes, "that's a bit of a reach because selling ideas is much harder than selling personalities and celebrities".
— JB SHERMER is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech, and the co host and producer of the 13-hour Fox Family television series, Exploring the Unknown.
www.edge.org /3rd_culture/shermer/shermer_index.html   (559 words)

  
 Denying History by Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Shermer is a professor of the history of science and the founder of Skeptic magazine -- a publication dedicated to debunking scientific hoaxes using the tools of standard logic as well as the scientific method.
Shermer and Grobman argue that in developing an alternative explanation, it is not enough to extrapolate from individual elements, such as a missing lock on the door of a gas chamber.
Shermer and Grobman show how some editors of these newspapers and even members of the faculty have been duped into publishing these ads because they erroneously believe that this is a free speech issue, which it is not.
www.holocaust-trc.org /deny_history.htm   (3773 words)

  
 MICHAEL SHERMER
Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skepticmagazine, the director of the Skeptics Society, and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology.
Michael Shermer values rationalism and, as a means to achieve it, scientific method.
Shermer wrote his book because he believes that people must understand the distinction between science and pseudoscience, history and pseudohistory.
www.sheftman.com /ewrt1a/shermer   (1317 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Borderlands of Science : Where Sense Meets Nonsense : Books: Michael Shermer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Here Shermer expands his ideas of separation of church and science a little more closely by examining what he calls "the borderlands of science." He is trying to make a distinction between those things which are on the fringe but still good science and those things that are clearly not scientific.
Shermer begins with a bold objective- trying to lay down demarcation lines between generally accepted science (as is generally accepted by scientists themselves), iffy propositions which he calls borderlands science, and a large group of topics that he labels non-science and pseudo science.
Shermer uses interesting stories, facts and ideas to relay his message that science may not always be as cut and dry as we may think, but its the best method we have of interpreting the world around us.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0195143264?v=glance   (3843 words)

  
 Michael Shermer - Hugh Ross Debate
Shermer said he had once been a born-again Christian and that he went door-to-door with the Christian message.
Shermer said Ross was on the side of evolution.
Shermer countered by citing the example of the wallabies that were taken from Australia to Hawaii in 1929.
www.ldolphin.org /shermer-ross.html   (3531 words)

  
 Why People Believe Weird Things Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Schermer - ...
Michael Shermer's book is yet another attack on irrationality and unreason to find its way into print.
Shermer considers the hypnotic state to be an ASC, for example.
Overall, Shermer's collection of essays is a welcome addition to the growing body of skeptical literature that has for so long been wanting but is beginning to shed a little light in the darkness.
www.skepdic.com /refuge/weird.html   (3677 words)

  
 Now A Debunker Calls Mexican UFOs Flares!
It was with great amusement I have read Michael Shermer's interview with CNN about the Mexican UFO incident....but I guess after all, people like him make a living out of debunking and "skepticism".
I don't know much about flares but I guess the movement of the objects was too linear to be a simple flare...and once again here we are, they are actually ignoring the crew's account of the event and the footage itself.
Mr Shermer is not debunking nor practicising true skepticism, he is simply lying.
www.rense.com /general53/debunk.htm   (798 words)

  
 Salon.com Books | Science, semi-science and nonsense
Shermer dubs these "borderlands" sciences, theories that -- for now, and in his eyes -- land somewhere between firm-footed disciplines (evolution, quantum mechanics) and faddish bunk (Freudian psychoanalytic theory).
In one chapter, Shermer looks at the life of Carl Sagan who, in his relationships with UFOlogists and SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) people, managed to strike an admirably "exquisite balance" between curiosity and doubt.
Shermer spoke to Salon about the myth of genius, hypnotism and Tiger Woods from his office in Los Angeles.
archive.salon.com /books/int/2001/08/27/shermer   (861 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time: Books: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Shermer devotes all of chapter one to expanding on the definition and characteristics of a skeptic, and all of chapter two to describing science.
Shermer's defense of evolution bogs down when he encroaches on the idea that evolution is not a threat to religion.
Shermer is the Saul of Tarsus of the skeptic movement.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0716733870?v=glance   (2733 words)

  
 Michael Shermer - Libertarian
Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic Magazine and author of the bestseller Why People Believe Weird Things, isn't just skeptical about pseudoscience, junk history, and the paranormal.
Shermer made his political beliefs clear in the November 2004 issue of Reason magazine.
Shermer is the author of The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense (2001); Denying History (2000), How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God (1999), and Why People Believe Weird Things (1997).
www.theadvocates.org /celebrities/michael-shermer.html   (439 words)

  
 Logical fallacies in arguments about the gas chambers at Auschwitz
Shermer tries to pretend that the revisionists are "deniers" who "deny the Holocaust" as a general phenomenon.
Michael Shermer tries to make it appear that David Cole is somehow in the wrong just because he went there, looked at the evidence, and tried to draw a conclusion from it.
According to Dr. Shermer, this is how "convergence" works: First you construct a picture of the whole thing, the Holocaust -- the menacing speeches, the trains, the unloading platforms, the gas chambers, the ovens, the burning pits, the mass graves, the starving prisoners in the camps at the end of the war.
www.geniebusters.org /915/04g_jumping.html   (8220 words)

  
 Skeptic: Meet Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society.
Michael Shermer, as head of one of America’s leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life.
Shermer's books also include In Darwin’s Shadow, a biography of Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer of natural selection, The Borderlands of Science, which explores the fuzzy boundary between science and pseudoscience, and Denying History, which takes on Holocaust denial and other forms of historical distortion.
www.skeptic.com /about_us/meet_michael_shermer.html   (564 words)

  
 StarIQ.com - Michael Shermer
Shermer has made a career of exposing and debunking the claims of mediums, psychics, bigots and practitioners of the paranormal.
When Michael Shermer was born in Glendale, California, at 4:30 am on September 8, 1954, the sign Leo (the regal lion) was ascending on the eastern horizon.
Shermer is open to belief (Neptune), he then weighs all the evidence (Venus) and finally he applies strict reality-based standards (Saturn) before accepting any information as valid.
www.stariq.com /pagetemplate/article-printer.asp?pageid=1639   (1024 words)

  
 About Michael Shermer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Michael Shermer is Director of the Skeptics Society and Assistant Professor of History of Science at the Institute for Human Progress.
Shermer has just finished two books, Heretic-Scientist, a biography of Alfred Russell Wallace, and The Chaos of History, on the application of chaos theory to human history.
Michael Shermer wrote the bestseller "Why People Believe Weird Things" which was published in 1998, and he's currently working on another, much anticipated book entitled "Why People Believe In God."
www.arches.uga.edu /~skepticx/bio-shermer.html   (149 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Science Friction : Where the Known Meets the Unknown: Books: Michael Shermer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Shermer, a skeptic by nature and trade (he founded Skeptic magazine), reveals how scientific reasoning can remove blinders in any field of study and why some biases are, nevertheless, unavoidable.
Shermer delights in debunking superstition and ignorance about science and considers it a worthy vocation since 45 percent of Americans, according to a 2001 Gallup survey Shermer cites, believe that God created humans a few thousand years ago.
Shermer's style reminds me somewhat of Gould himself since both men write readable prose that sometimes tends toward the ornate, replete with allusions and asides as well as a tendency toward a fine examination of relevant minutia.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0805077081?v=glance   (3083 words)

  
 Michael Shermer's 18 bits of evidence - for something
reply to Michael Shermer, I discussed his imaginary dialogue, in which he presented 18 bits of evidence, and a hypothetical revisionist denied them one by one, "desperately swinging away at them all."
Contrary to what Michael Shermer and his associates claim, revisionists do not deny that the Holocaust, as a general phenomenon, happened.
According to Dr. Shermer, "We have the blueprints for both the gas chambers and the crematoria -- huge structures built for processing large numbers of bodies." This is not true.
www.geniebusters.org /915/04h_18bits.html   (2465 words)

  
 GWUP - Michael Shermer Skeptic encyclopedia
Colorful Pebbles and Darwin’s Dictum - An Introduction to Skeptic Magazine’s Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience Michael Shermer General Editor.
The encyclopedia features a prologue and epilogue by the editor, Michael Shermer, on the nature of an difference between science and pseudoscience and sense and nonsense.
Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the director of the Skeptics Society, contributing editor and monthly columnist for Scientific American, and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech.
www.gwup.org /themen/lesetipps/michaelshermersencyclopedia.html   (1139 words)

  
 Michael Shermer's Why People Believe Weird Things : Pseudoscience, Superstition & Other Confusions of Our Time
Shermer is not afraid to debunk anyone or anything--even if it is something he partially believes in.
Perhaps the most interesting observation Shermer makes is with regard to the similarity in the flawed methodology that all the proponents of weird things use.
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.
www.2think.org /wpbwt.shtml   (1362 words)

  
 Powell's Books - Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown by Michael Shermer
Bestselling author Michael Shermer delves into the unknown, from heretical ideas about the boundaries of the universe to Star Trek's lessons about chance and time.
As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.
Shermer furthers the cause of skepticism and makes a great case for its role in all aspects of human endeavor, but he'll lose many readers in a bog of details.
www.powells.com /cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=2-0805077081-3   (486 words)

  
 Secular Web Kiosk and Bookstore
Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the cohost and producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
According to the late Stephen Jay Gould (from his Foreword to Why People Believe Weird Things): "Michael Shermer, as head of one of America's leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life."
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.
www.secweb.org /bookstore/author.asp?AuthorID=217   (373 words)

  
 Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Common Sense -- Surprising new research shows that crowds are ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Of the four major shuttle contractors--Lockheed, Rockwell International, Martin Marietta and Morton Thiokol--the last (the builder of the defective solid-rocket booster) was hit hardest, with a 12 percent loss, compared with only 3 percent for the others.
A detailed study of the market (a sizable crowd, indeed!) by economists Michael T. Maloney of Clemson University and J. Harold Mulherin of Claremont McKenna College could find no evidence of insider trading or media focus on the rocket booster or on Morton Thiokol.
Michael Shermer is publisher of Skeptic (www.skeptic.com) and author of The Science of Good and Evil.
sciam.com /article.cfm?articleID=00049F3E-91E1-119B-8EA483414B7FFE9F   (691 words)

  
 Atheism & Fundamentalism - Cliff Walker - 52 (Michael Shermer)
He elsewhere suggests that we abandon the label "atheist," as a means of possibly overcoming the stigma attached to this pejorative word.
Meanwhile, Shermer's suggestion has another problem: it seems to relegate all of atheism to the realm of fundamentalism.
A dogmatic thinker might say, "There are no gods," but I say, "I have yet to hear a valid god-claim." I'd rather see the word "atheism" divorced from any connotation portraying atheism as innately dogmatic.
www.positiveatheism.org /crt/cliff9c.htm   (520 words)

  
 …My heart’s in Accra » Michael Shermer doesn’t believe you.
Michael Shermer is the editor of Skeptic Magazine and the Director of the Skeptic Society.
It’s a piece of plastic with a Radio Shack antenna - Skeptic tested with government-approved marijuana and discovered that it was no better than a coinflip in detecting the plant.
Shermer argues that you have to track the misses, not the hits.
www.ethanzuckerman.com /blog?p=394   (406 words)

  
 Cafe Hayek: Smith, Bastiat, Darwin, Hayek, Shermer
I think that Shermer overestimates the scalability of "tribe" if this is to be the glue that binds the free market together.
Jan 11, 2006 3:42:59 PM With respect to Shermer's thesis, it's nothing new except for his supposition that free trade and the satisfactions engendered manage their effects by means of chemical effects on the human nervous system.
Shermer goes further and surmises a connection between economics and evolution--he finds a similarity in their form with the specific linking element being that both achieve their result through the mechanism of competition.
cafehayek.typepad.com /hayek/2006/01/smith_bastiat_d.html   (5511 words)

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