Dr. Michael Shermer is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. He earned his M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Claremont Graduate University.
Professor Shermer also taught psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College and California State University, Los Angeles. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the executive director of the Skeptics Society, and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. As a public intellectual, Professor Shermer regularly contributes editorials, book reviews, and essays to The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Science, and other publications. He has appeared on such television shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline NBC, and Charlie Rose, and has also been interviewed for countless science and history documentaries on PBS, A&E, the Discovery Channel, HISTORY, the Science Channel, and TLC.
An author of 10 books, Professor Shermer's most well-known title is Why People Believe Weird Things. His latest release is The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.