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Viewing the World with a Rational Eye

Michael Shermer


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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.

Praise For Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye

Praise for Skeptic

“Dense with facts, convincing arguments, and curious statistics, this is an ingenious collection of light entertainment for readers who believe that explaining stuff is a good idea.” –Kirkus

"Shermer makes a strong case for the value of the scientific endeavor and the power of rational thinking in 75 brief essays....Each entry is insightful, informative, and entertaining."—Publishers Weekly

"Since those old Scientific American issues have been recycled, revive the popular Shermer's writings with this collection."—Booklist

Henry Holt and Co., 9781627791380, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2016

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.