Author Archives: Michael Shermer

Our Actions Don’t Matter in a Cosmic Sense–but That Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Matter

Science reveals our deepest purpose

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Can We Agree to Outlaw War–Again?

Why “outcasting” works better than violence

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Does Success Come Mostly from Talent, Hard Work–or Luck?

Does it come from talent, hard work—or luck?

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Belief in Aliens May Be a Religious Impulse

Is belief in aliens a religious impulse?

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The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism

The roots of the current campus madness

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It Was Necessary to Use Nukes against Japan–but North Korea Is More Complicated

Kim Jong-un’s increasing threats bring to mind the world’s only nuclear attack, which happened 72 years ago this week

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Are We All Racists Deep Inside?

Private thoughts and public acts

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Why the "You" in an Afterlife Wouldn’t Really Be You

Memories, points of view and the self

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No, There Wasn’t an Advanced Civilization 12,000 Years Ago

Did an advanced civilization disappear more than 12,000 years ago?

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We’ve Known for 400 Years That Torture Doesn’t Work

Why torture doesn’t work

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What Would It Take to Prove the Resurrection?

How to think about claims, even the Resurrection

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Artificial Intelligence Is Not a Threat–Yet

Artificial intelligence as existential threat

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Why Humans Prefer to Be the Center of the Universe

Science contemplates the incomprehensible

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How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail

Why worldview threats undermine evidence

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Beware Bogus Theories of Sexual Orientation

A new battle over sexual orientation

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These Truths Are Not Self-Evident—But They’ve Been Firmly Established Over and Over by Scientific Research

A compendium of irrefutable facts for these fact-starved times

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Why Political Pessimism Trumps Optimism

The psychology of political pessimism

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Radical Life-Extension Is Not around the Corner

Can science and Silicon Valley defeat death?

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Is It Possible to Measure Supernatural or Paranormal Phenomena?

Where the known meets the unknown we are tempted to inject paranormal and supernatural forces to explain unsolved mysteries. We must resist the temptation because such efforts can never succeed

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If "Facilitated Communication" Is a Canard, Why Teach It?

Facilitated communication, autism and patients’ rights

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Charlie Sheen and the Danger of False Cures

Charlie Sheen’s misadventure with a false cure for HIV/AIDS

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Why Malthus Is Still Wrong

Why Malthus makes for bad science policy

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