Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer

Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

“I’ve been reading…” That was the response I received from one of the staffers of Skeptic magazine when I asked why she wasn’t vaccinated. My query came on the saddest day in our 30-year history—we were mourning the death of Pat Linse, the Art Director, co-founder of

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
COVID-19
Understanding the Unidentified

Understanding the Unidentified

An advantage of having worked in the skeptical business for 30 years is institutional memory that enables me to place current claims and controversies into historical context. So, when the New York Times published their article on “The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program” in December 2017, and CBS’

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Long Read
COVID-19 Conspiracists and Their Discontents

COVID-19 Conspiracists and Their Discontents

One reason why it’s surprisingly difficult to disprove many conspiracy theories is that they typically contain a real germ of truth, however small. In some places and eras, Jews really were overrepresented among communist cadres and the media. John F. Kennedy’s administration really did propose false-flag operations as

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Top Stories
Our Mission on Mars: Obey the Lessons of Mutiny on the Bounty

Our Mission on Mars: Obey the Lessons of Mutiny on the Bounty

On October 21, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology that he foresees NASA will land astronauts on Mars by 2035. “We need to learn how to live and work in another world,” he told

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Mars
The Danger Is Real: Why We’re All Wired for ‘Constructive Conspiracism’

The Danger Is Real: Why We’re All Wired for ‘Constructive Conspiracism’

I once met a politician who told me that he believes water fluoridation is the greatest scam ever perpetrated on the public. I have been confronted by “truthers” who insist the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job” engineered by the Bush administration. Others have regaled me for hours with

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Hypothesis
Banning Evil: In the Shadow of Christchurch, Quasi-Religious Myths Can Lead Us Astray

Banning Evil: In the Shadow of Christchurch, Quasi-Religious Myths Can Lead Us Astray

On March 15, a 28-year old an Australian gunman named Brenton Tarrant allegedly opened fire in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques, killing 50 and wounding 50 more. It was the worst mass shooting in the history of that country. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was rightly praised for her response

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Free Speech
Genes, Environment, and Luck: What We Can and Cannot Control

Genes, Environment, and Luck: What We Can and Cannot Control

Social justice activists have issued a challenge to “check your white privilege.” Inasmuch as I oppose the inherent racism ingrained in such expressions of Identity Politics, my initial replies were of a snarky nature, such as “It’s doing just fine, thank you.” But as I engaged the task more

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Art and Culture
Another Dream Deferred

Another Dream Deferred

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what, in

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
gender