Skeptic (Paperback)

Viewing the World with a Rational Eye

By Michael Shermer

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250119636, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

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Hardcover (1/12/2016)

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Collected essays from bestselling author Michael Shermer's celebrated columns in Scientific American

For fifteen years, bestselling author Michael Shermer has written a column in Scientific American magazine that synthesizes scientific concepts and theory for a general audience. His trademark combination of deep scientific understanding and entertaining writing style has thrilled his huge and devoted audience for years. Now, in Skeptic, seventy-five of these columns are available together for the first time; a welcome addition for his fans and a stimulating introduction for new readers.

About the Author

Michael Shermer is the author of The Moral Arc, Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and several other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He lives in Southern California.

Praise For Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye

Praise for The Moral Arc:

"Ambitious... Mr. Shermer is a buoyant culture warrior-and an eloquent one, who believes that our better angels will continue to soar. The Moral Arc presents an impressive account of how far we have come. But it also reminds us that reason, for all its muscle, will need a lot of help to make our moral progress continue."-The Wall Street Journal

"Michael Shermer [claims that] science...has helped to lay the moral groundwork for modern society, pointing the way to a more just and moral world...Bravo, I say."-Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, author of the best seller The Future of the Mind, and Physics of the Future