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Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
Arthur Benjamin, Michael Shermer

Three Rivers Press, 2006

These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers. Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares his techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks. This book will teach you to do ...
  
  











  



  
Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future
Donald R. Prothero

Indiana University Press, 2013

The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country—all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this ...
  
  











  



  
How We Believe, 2nd Edition: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2003

A new edition covering the latest scientific research on how the brain makes us believers or skeptics Recent polls report that 96 percent of Americans believe in God, and 73 percent believe that angels regularly visit Earth. 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 ...
  
  











  



  
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2002

Revised and Expanded Edition. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy ...
  
  











  



  
The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and ...

Times Books, 2011

The Believing Brain is bestselling author Michael Shermer's comprehensive and provocative theory on how beliefs are born, formed, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished. In this work synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist, historian of science, and the world's best-known skeptic Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations ...
  
  











  



  
Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

AMACOM, 2007

Foreword by Michael Shermer, Ph.D. Contributors include Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, and Julia Sweeney. A large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion. In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children. With advice from educators, doctors, ...
  
  











  



  
Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
Daniel Loxton, Donald R. Prothero

Columbia University Press, 2013

Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments ...
  
  











  



  
A Manual for Creating Atheists

Pitchstone Publishing, 2013

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith--and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious ...
  
  











  



  
The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense

Books on Tape, 2001

Many people have difficulty figuring out the difference between science, borderline science, and just plain nonsense. When is a theory a fact, and when is it just conjecture? Michael Shermer, a leading science author and skeptic, divides knowledge into three classes: science, based on factual evidence; borderline science, based on scientific conjecture; and nonsense, where anything goes (e.g., Bigfoot). He is especially zealous about separating ...
  
  











  



  
Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

The Great Courses, 2013

Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence-and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are. But there is a method for avoiding such pitfalls of human nature, and it's called skepticism. By using rational inquiry and seeing subjects from a scientific perspective, we can approach even the most sensitive claims with clear eyes to ultimately arrive at the truth. During ...
  
  











  



  
Teach Your Child Math: Making Math Fun for the Both of You
Arthur Benjamin, Michael Brant Shermer, ...

Lowell House, 1996

Suggests a variety of games that help teach math and problem-solving skills, and includes activities for preschoolers up to fifth-graders.
  
  











  



  
The Mind of the Market: How Biology and Psychology Shape Our Economic Lives
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2009

"[A] captivating raconteur of all the greatest hits of behavioral, evolutionary and neuropsychology . . . Fascinating."— Los Angeles Times Book Review How did we make the leap from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern consumers, and why do people get so emotional about financial decisions? The national bestseller The Mind of the Market uncovers the evolutionary roots of our economic behavior. Drawing on the new field of neuroeconomics, ...
  
  











  



  
Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?
Michæl Shermer, Alex Grobman

University of California Press, 2009

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 ...
  
  











  



  
Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2007

"Shermer is savage about the shortcomings of intelligent design and eloquent about the spirituality of science . . . An invaluable primer." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review   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.   In Why Darwin Matters , bestselling author Michael Shermer decodes ...
  
  











  



  
Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2005

"Michael Shermer has given a lot of things a lot of thought. If your perceptions have ever rubbed you the wrong way, you'll find Science Friction fascinating." --Bill Nye, The Science Guy A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day--and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into "the zone" may, or may not, improve his performance. A son explores the possiblities of alternative and experimental medicine ...
  
  











  



  
Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying
Arthur Benjamin, Michael Brant Shermer

Lowell House, 1993

Using proven techniques, Mathemagics presents the secrets of lightning calculation. It shows how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide faster than is possible with a calculator or pencil and paper and helps readers conquer their nervousness about math.
  
  











  



  
Teach Your Child Science: Making Science Fun for the Both of You
Michael Shermer

Lowell House, 1989

An exciting book of discovery, Teach Your Child Science introduces such subjects as physics, geology, and biology in terms that parents can easily share with their children.
  
  











  



  
In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Biographical Study on the Psychology of ...
Michael Shermer

Oxford University Press, USA, 2002

Virtually unknown today, Alfred Russel Wallace was the co-discoverer of natural selection with Charles Darwin and an eminent scientist who stood out among his Victorian peers as a man of formidable mind and equally outsized personality. Now Michael Shermer rescues Wallace from the shadow of Darwin in this landmark biography. Here we see Wallace as perhaps the greatest naturalist of his age--spending years in remote jungles, collecting ...
  
  











  



  
The History of Science: A Sweeping Visage of Science and its History

Michael Shermer/John Wagner Studios, 2009

This is a sweeping look at science, its history and philosophy from the Middle Ages to the present, with special emphasis on defining science within the cultural context of the age, who was doing science at the time, and what their goals were in conducting science. This course reflects Dr. Shermer's doctoral training at Claremont Graduate School.
  
  











  



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

Times Books, 2005

From bestselling author Michael Shermer, an investigation of the evolution of morality that is "a paragon of popularized science and philosophy" The Sun (Baltimore) A century and a half after Darwin first proposed an "evolutionary ethics," science has begun to tackle the roots of morality. Just as evolutionary biologists study why we are hungry (to motivate us to eat) or why sex is enjoyable (to motivate us to procreate), they are now ...
  
  











  








   



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