books by Michael Shermer

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

St. Martin's Griffin, 2012

Synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. Using sensory data that flow in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning, forming ...


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 ...


The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule (Holt ...
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 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 searching ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
Michael Shermer

Henry Holt and Co., 2015

Bestselling author Michael Shermer’s exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific ...


A Manual for Creating Atheists
Peter Boghossian

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 ...


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 ...


How We Believe: 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 ...


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.


The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense
Michael Shermer

Oxford University Press, 2001

As author of the bestselling Why People Believe Weird Things and How We Believe , and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine, Michael Shermer has emerged as the nation's number one scourge of superstition and bad science. Now, in The Borderlands of Science , he takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another. ...


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

W.H. Freeman, 1997

1997, trade paperback edition, Freeman & Co., NY, 306 pages. Figures/photos/illustrations. "Brilliant, informed and incisive dissections of bogus science and history." Includes sections on: science and skepticism, superstition, evolution and creationism, history and pseudo-history, and more.


Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist (Great Courses) (Teaching Company) (Course Number 9388 Audio CD)
Professor Michael Shermer

teaching company the great courses, 2013

18 Lectures 1The Virtues of Skepticism 2Skepticism and Science 3Mistakes in Thinking We All Make 4Cognitive Biases and Their Effects 5Wrong Thinking in Everyday Life 6The Neuroscience of Belief 7The Paranormal and the Supernatural 8Science versus Pseudoscience 9Comparing SETI and UFOlogy 10Comparing Evolution and Creationism 11Science, History, and Pseudohistory 12The Lure of Conspiracy Theories ...


Pseudoscience and Deception: The Smoke and Mirrors of Paranormal Claims

University Press of America, 2013

Pseudoscience and Deception is a compilation of some of the most eye-opening skeptical articles pertaining to extraordinary claims and pseudoscience. The articles explore paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims and reveal logical explanations or outline the deceptive tactics involved in convincing the vulnerable.


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

McGraw-Hill, 1999

By transforming math "problems" into games, this easy-to-follow book gives parents a fun way to help their children learn math. With an expanded section on problem solving, fun word problems, and entertaining visual concepts, it proves that math can be interesting.


The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience 2 volume set

ABC-CLIO, 2002

Edited by Michael Shermer, editor and publisher of The Skeptic magazine, this truly unique work provides a comprehensive introduction to the most prominent pseudoscientific claims made in the name of "science." Covering the popular, the academic, and the bizarre, the encyclopedia includes everything from alien abductions to the Bermuda Triangle, crop circles, Feng Shui, and near-death experiences. Fifty-nine brief descriptive summaries and ...


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, ...



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