The Richard W. Smith Lecture Series
The Believing Brain
Whitsett Room / Sierra Hall 451
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the The Skeptics Society’s Distinguished Science Lecture Series, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University.
He is the author of many books, including How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, which presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God. He is also the author of Why People Believe Weird Things (on pseudoscience, superstitions, and other confusions of our time).
|Dr. Shermer received a B.A. degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a M.A. degree in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991). He was a college professor for 20 years (1979–1998), teaching psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College (1989–1998), California State University Los Angeles, and Glendale College.|