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American science writer (born 1954)

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Best podcasts about Michael Shermer

Latest podcast episodes about Michael Shermer

Weird Studies
Episode 108: On Skepticism and the Paranormal

Weird Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 79:50


Modern skeptics pride themselves on being immune to unreason. They present themselves as defenders of rationality, civilization, and good sense against what Freud famously called the "black mud-tide of occultism." But what if skepticism was more implicated in the phenomena it aims to banish than it might appear to be? What if no one could debunk anything without getting some of that black mud on their hands? In this episode, Phil and JF discuss the weird complicity of the skeptic and the believer in the light of George P. Hansen's masterpiece of meta-parapsychology, The Trickster and the Paranormal. REFERENCES James P. Hansen, The Trickster and the Paranormal (https://bookshop.org/books/the-trickster-and-the-paranormal/9781401000820) James Randi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi), stage magician and paranormal debunker Michael Shermer, (https://michaelshermer.com/) American science writer CSICOP (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_for_Skeptical_Inquiry), Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, Publisher of the Skeptical Inquirer Rune Soup, Interview with George P. Hansen (https://runesoup.com/2017/06/talking-the-trickster-and-the-paranormal-with-george-p-hansen/) Weird Studies, Episode 24 with Lionel Snell (https://www.weirdstudies.com/24) Weird Studies, Episode 89 on Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo (https://www.weirdstudies.com/89) Victor Turner, The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure (https://bookshop.org/books/the-ritual-process-structure-and-anti-structure/9780202011905) Wouter Hanegraaff (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wouter_Hanegraaff), Dutch professor of esoteric philosophy Shannon Taggart, Seance (https://www.shannontaggart.com/) Society for Psychical Research (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_Psychical_Research) Weird Studies, Episode 44 on William James's Psychical Research (https://www.weirdstudies.com/44) G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (https://bookshop.org/books/orthodoxy-9780802456571/9781952410482) Robert Anton Wilson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Anton_Wilson), American author Aleister Crowley, [Magic Without Tears](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MagickWithoutTears)

Science Salon
217. Mary Grabar on the 1619 Project, Howard Zinn, Historical Revisionism, and Pseudohistory

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 98:35


Michael Shermer speaks with Mary Grabar about her books Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America and Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America. According to the New York Times's “1619 Project,” America was not founded in 1776, with a declaration of freedom and independence, but in 1619 with the introduction of African slavery into the New World. Ever since then, the “1619 Project” argues, American history has been one long sordid tale of systemic racism. Celebrated historians have debunked this, more than two hundred years of American literature disproves it, parents know it to be false, and yet it is being promoted across America as an integral part of grade school curricula and unquestionable orthodoxy on college campuses. The “1619 Project” is not just bad history, it is a danger to our national life, replacing the idea, goal, and reality of American unity with race-based obsessions that we have seen play out in violence, riots, and the destruction of American monuments — not to mention the wholesale rewriting of America's historical and cultural past. In Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide AmericaMary Grabar shows just how full of flat-out lies, distortions, and noxious propaganda the “1619 Project” really is.

The Rubin Report
Why Did the IDW Fall Apart? Gad Saad, Peter Boghossian, Michael Shermer | ROUNDTABLE

The Rubin Report

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 42:56


Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Gad Saad, Peter Boghossian, and Michael Shermer about the rise and fall of the intellectual dark web. It was only a few years ago that the voices of this diverse group of individuals and others like Jordan Peterson, Christina Hoff Sommers, Sam Harris, Joe Rogan, Eric Weinstein, Bret Weinstein, and Heather Heying gained attention for their heterodox ideas and supporting the shared values of free speech and classical liberalism. Why did it fall apart? What have its members been up to? Most importantly, what is their role in these times as woke politics completely take over our institutions? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Intelligent Design the Future
Bidding Adieu to Steven Weinberg's Take on Science and Faith

Intelligent Design the Future

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021


On today's ID the Future, Casey Luskin, associate director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, discusses his Evolution News article about the recently deceased Steven Weinberg. On Weinberg's view, one of science's social functions is to undermine religion, which he sees as superstition. Luskin takes the opposite view and points to skilled and successful scientists he got to know in Africa. He says these scientists are convinced that the supernatural is real and would find Weinberg's secular Western rejection of the supernatural as blinkered. Luskin and host Robert Crowther also discuss a hopeful trend among some atheists toward a more civil and respectful way of engaging intelligent design, even to the point of acknowledging that design theorists are Read More › Source

Science Salon
213. Mike Rothschild — The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 96:58


Michael Shermer speaks with Mike Rothschild, a journalist specializing in conspiracy theories, about QAnon and its followers. On October 5th, 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark in the State Dining Room at a gathering of military officials. He said it felt like “the calm before the storm” — then refused to elaborate as puzzled journalists asked him to explain. But on the infamous message boards of 4chan, a mysterious poster going by “Q Clearance Patriot,” who claimed to be in “military intelligence,” began the elaboration on their own. In the days that followed, Q's wild yarn explaining Trump's remarks began to rival the sinister intricacies of a Tom Clancy novel, while satisfying the deepest desires of MAGA-America. But did any of what Q predicted come to pass? No. Did that stop people from clinging to every word they were reading, expanding its mythology, and promoting it wider and wider? No. Why not?

Science Salon
212. Gale Sinatra & Barbara Hofer — Science Denial: Why It Happens and What to Do About It

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 90:13


Michael Shermer speaks with Gale Sinatra and Barbara Hofer about the key psychological explanations for science denial and doubt that can help provide a means for improving scientific literacy and understanding — critically important at a time when denial has become deadly. Sinatra and Hofer offer tools for addressing science denial and explain both the importance of science education and its limitations, show how science communicators may inadvertently contribute to the problem, and explain how the internet and social media foster misinformation and disinformation. The authors focus on key psychological constructs such as reasoning biases, social identity, epistemic cognition, and emotions and attitudes that limit or facilitate public understanding of science, and describe solutions for individuals, educators, science communicators, and policy makers. If you have ever wondered why science denial exists, want to know how to understand your own biases and those of others, and would like to address the problem, this book will provide the insights you are seeking.

Jay's Analysis
The God Debate Hitchens vs DSouza & Dr Michael Shermer - REACTION REVIEW Jay Dyer

Jay's Analysis

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 189:02


Next up in the long list of debates is the popular Hitchens Vs D'Souza debate over the existence of God. It's another debate I have not yet seen, but if any of the other debates are an indicator, my hopes are not very high. I don't know D'Souza's approach but I assume it will be standard fare evidentialism. As an added bonus, the first 15 mins or so will be an analysis of a presentation by Skeptic (TM) Dr. Michael Shermer, with his "arguments" against God's existence. As you know, these debate review and analyses are intended to illustrate why TAG and transcendental argumentation is the correct approach to this issue, as opposed to "natural theology," evidentialism and the bogus notion of epistemic neutrality.

Science Salon
211. Ashley Rindsberg — The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times's Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 103:06


Michael Shermer speaks with Ashley Rindsberg about his book The Gray Lady Winked in which he pulls back the curtain on the the world's most powerful news outlet and flagship of the American news media, the New York Times, to reveal a quintessentially human organization where ideology, ego, power and politics compete with the more humble need to present the facts. Rindsberg offers an eye-opening, often shocking, look at the New York Times's greatest journalistic failures, so devastating they changed the course of history.

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
ID The Future: Pt. 4: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer (#1506)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021


This ID the Future wraps up a lively four-part series between religious skeptic Michael Shermer and Return of the God Hypothesis author and philosopher of science Stephen Meyer. Here Meyer underscores the fact that every worldview must posit something as the prime reality, and he argues that positing mind (rather than matter) as the prime […]

Intelligent Design the Future
Pt. 4: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer

Intelligent Design the Future

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 28:30


This ID the Future wraps up a lively four-part series between religious skeptic Michael Shermer and Return of the God Hypothesis author and philosopher of science Stephen Meyer. Here Meyer underscores the fact that every worldview must posit something as the prime reality, and he argues that positing mind (rather than matter) as the prime reality solves far more problems in science, and not just in origins science. What about the idea of a multiverse to explain the fine tuning of the laws and constants of physics? Meyer concedes that this is a solution of sorts, but it comes at a tremendous cost, which he explains. That's just a taste of where Meyer and Shermer go in this final segment. Read More › Source

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
ID The Future: Pt. 3: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer (#1505)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021


On this ID the Future, Return of the God Hypothesis author Stephen Meyer and skeptic Michael Shermer address the question of how a divine immaterial being could act in the material world to design and fashion things such as the first life. Meyer argues that while we don't know precisely how an immaterial mind would do […]

Intelligent Design the Future
Pt. 3: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer

Intelligent Design the Future

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 29:57


On this ID the Future, Return of the God Hypothesis author Stephen Meyer and skeptic Michael Shermer address the question of how a divine immaterial being could act in the material world to design and fashion things such as the first life. Meyer argues that while we don't know precisely how an immaterial mind would do this or did do this, we have good evidence that minds can and do affect matter, as for instance in the evidence that our minds can affect our brains and, by extension, our bodies. Meyer and Shermer also discuss the idea of front-loaded intelligent design—that is, where God loaded into the moment of the Big Bang everything necessary for the emergence of stars, planets, Earth, Read More › Source

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
ID The Future: Pt. 2: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer (#1504)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021


Today's ID the Future continues a lively and cordial conversation between atheist Michael Shermer and Stephen Meyer, author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. In this segment of the four-part series, Shermer and Meyer discuss a fourth argument for theism, the moral law within. Then they discuss the […]

Intelligent Design the Future
Pt. 2: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer

Intelligent Design the Future

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 33:30


Today's ID the Future continues a lively and cordial conversation between atheist Michael Shermer and Stephen Meyer, author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. In this segment of the four-part series, Shermer and Meyer discuss a fourth argument for theism, the moral law within. Then they discuss the similarities and differences between inferring design for something like the Rosetta Stone versus inferring intelligent design from the information in DNA or the fine tuning of the universe. The interview is reposted here by permission of Michael Shermer. Source

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
ID The Future: Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer, Pt. 1 (#1503)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021


Today's ID the Future spotlights the first part of a lively and cordial conversation between host and atheist Michael Shermer and Stephen Meyer, author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. In this first of the four-part series, the two touch on everything from Meyer's three […]

Intelligent Design the Future
Stephen Meyer and Skeptic Michael Shermer, Pt. 1

Intelligent Design the Future

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 31:23


Today's ID the Future spotlights the first part of a lively and cordial conversation between host and atheist Michael Shermer and Stephen Meyer, author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. In this first of the four-part series, the two touch on everything from Meyer's three key lines of evidence for theism to a quick flyover of less well-known materialistic origins theories, including the oscillating universe model, panspermia as an explanation for the origin of the first life on earth, and Stephen Hawking's idea of imaginary time. Meyer lumps many of these ideas under what he terms exotic naturalism and suggests that the atheists who defend these explanations are multiplying exotic Read More › Source

Science Salon
208. The Truth About 9/11 and Terrorism

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 27:44


In this special episode of the podcast Michael Shermer honors the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a commentary on the truth about that event and how it changed our lives, 7 myths about terrorism that need debunking if we are to understand how we should respond to this threat, and why we need not sacrifice liberty for security.

Science Salon
207. John Petrocelli — The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 95:54


Bullshit is the foundation of contaminated thinking and bad decisions that leads to health consequences, financial losses, legal consequences, broken relationships, and wasted time and resources. No matter how smart we believe ourselves to be, we're all susceptible to bullshit — and we all engage in it. While we may brush it off as harmless marketing sales speak or as humorous, embellished claims, it's actually much more dangerous and insidious. It's how Bernie Madoff successfully swindled billions of dollars from even the most experienced financial experts with his Ponzi scheme. In episode # 207, Michael Shermer speaks with experimental social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, John Petrocelli about his research that examines the causes and consequences of bullshit and bullshitting in the way of better understanding and improving bullshit detection and disposal. Petrocelli provides invaluable strategies not only to recognize and protect yourself from everyday bullshit, but to accept your own lack of knowledge about subjects and avoid engaging in bullshit just for societal conformity.

You Sexy Thing!
Religiosity and déjà vu, epilepsy

You Sexy Thing!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 5:48


Michael Shermer and Helen Pluckrose 163

The Megyn Kelly Show
Michael Shermer on COVID Hysteria, the Religion of Wokeism, and Cults | Ep. 153

The Megyn Kelly Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 100:38


Megyn Kelly is joined by Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and presidential fellow at Chapman University, to talk about COVID hysteria, the religion of wokeism, the rise of conspiracy theories, vaccines and American ingenuity, masks as a religion, the value of being skeptical, cults in America (and what qualifies as a cult), and more. Follow The Megyn Kelly Show on all social platforms: Twitter: http://Twitter.com/MegynKellyShow Instagram: http://Instagram.com/MegynKellyShow Facebook: http://Facebook.com/MegynKellyShow Find out more information at: https://www.devilmaycaremedia.com/megynkellyshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Megyn Kelly Show
Michael Shermer on COVID Hysteria, the Religion of Wokeism, and Cults | Ep. 153

The Megyn Kelly Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 96:24


Megyn Kelly is joined by Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and presidential fellow at Chapman University, to talk about COVID hysteria, the religion of wokeism, the rise of conspiracy theories, vaccines and American ingenuity, masks as a religion, the value of being skeptical, cults in America (and what qualifies as a cult), and more.Follow The Megyn Kelly Show on all social platforms:Twitter: http://Twitter.com/MegynKellyShowInstagram: http://Instagram.com/MegynKellyShowFacebook: http://Facebook.com/MegynKellyShowFind out more information at:https://www.devilmaycaremedia.com/megynkellyshow

You Sexy Thing!
John Mackey consciousness LSD

You Sexy Thing!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 7:48


Michael Shermer and John Mackey ep194. Or: "how to be really successful, smart, well read, and yet a bit crazy" :-P

You Sexy Thing!
Feminism Vs rape and patriarchy

You Sexy Thing!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 2:40


Michael Shermer and Helen Pluckrose ep163

Science Salon
205. Richard Dawkins on evangelizing for evolution, science, skepticism, philosophy, reason, and rationality, based on his book Books Do Furnish a Life: Reading and Writing Science

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 87:03


In episode 205, Michael Shermer speaks with Richard Dawkins, the author of The Selfish Gene, voted The Royal Society's Most Inspiring Science Book of All Time, and also the bestsellers The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, The God Delusion, and two volumes of autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder and Brief Candle in the Dark. He is a Fellow of New College, Oxford and both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world's top thinker in Prospect magazine's poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries. This episode is heavily edited because Dawkins was having trouble with his voice, and Shermer tried to speak a little more to give Dawkins a chance to let his voice rest.

Science Salon
204. Carole Hooven on T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 107:15


In episode 204, Michael Shermer speaks with codirector of undergraduate studies in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, Carole Hooven, PhD about testosterone. While most people agree that sex differences in human behavior exist, they disagree about the reasons. But the science is clear: testosterone is a potent force in human society, driving the bodies and behavior of the sexes apart. But, as Hooven shows in T, it does so in concert with genes and culture to produce a vast variety of male and female behavior. And, crucially, the fact that many sex differences are grounded in biology provides no support for restrictive gender norms or patriarchal values. In understanding testosterone, we better understand ourselves and one another — and how we might build a fairer, safer society.

Science Salon
201. Michael Shermer — Ask Me Anything # 7

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 73:19


In this AMA Dr. Shermer answers your questions about evolution and creationism, intelligent design theory, the hard problem of consciousness, the origins of morality, how science deals with anomalies, to what extent humans are naturally rational or irrational / skeptical or gullible, and why there is something rather than nothing.

Science Salon
200. Philip Zimbardo on the Nature & Nurture of Good & Evil

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 109:52


August 15 marks the 50th anniversary of day one of the Stanford Prison Experiment — one of the most controversial studies in the history of social psychology. In this conversation, Michael Shermer speaks with renowned social psychologist and creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment Philip Zimbardo, exploring the mechanisms that make good people do bad things, how moral people can be seduced into acting immorally, and what this says about the line separating good from evil. His book, The Lucifer Effect, explains why we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” and how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women. Shermer and Zimbardo discuss: Zimbardo's life mission to understand the nature of evil, the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) and its critics, the nature of human nature, The Dark Triad that leads to violence, obedience to authority, free will/determinism, and how we can teach ourselves to act heroically.

Science Salon
198. Bernardo Kastrup on the Nature of Reality: Materialism, Idealism, or Skepticism

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 133:55


In this expansive conversation, Michael Shermer speaks with Bernardo Kastrup, the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). Shermer and Kastrup discuss: materialism, idealism, dualism, monism, panpsychism, free will, determinism, consciousness, the problem of other minds, artificial intelligence, out of body and near-death experiences, model dependent realism, and the ultimate nature of reality.

Clean Audiobook Reviews
Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories, by Michael Shermer

Clean Audiobook Reviews

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 3:15


This week's podcast review comes from this blog review of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories. 

Science Salon
197. Yaron Brook on Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, and Objectivism

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 126:14


Michael Shermer speaks with entrepreneur, writer, and activist Yaron Brook about Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Objectivism; individualism vs. collectivism; the nature of human nature; altruism, cooperation, reparations, and charity; the starting point of morality and the foundation of ethics; collective action problems and how they are best solved; our moral obligation to help those who cannot help themselves; the Is-Ought problem of determining right and wrong; reason and empiricism; immigration, abortion, foreign wars, the welfare state, and terrorism.

THE SPIRIT SIDE
SAM HARRIS, MICHAEL SHERMER, BILL NYE & THE AFTERLIFE

THE SPIRIT SIDE

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 50:18


What happens when we die? Many people, both religionists and scientists claim to have the answers. But even among those who seem to be the most educated or even the most indoctrinated, have many flaws in their philosophy and theology of the afterlife. Is there a way that we can know for a certainty, what happens after physical death? No one may be able to give us a definitive answer, but hopefully this podcast can move us a bit closer to the truth. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/paul-james-caiden/support

Science Salon
193. Chris Edwards on Educational Reform and Thought Experiments

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 123:13


Michael Shermer speaks with Chris Edwards about educational reform, his study and teaching of world history, the problems in K–12 education, the zip-code model vs. the seat time model of education and how they result in massively different educational outcomes, how “no child left behind” left children behind, federal vs. state educational systems, cheating scandals and what to do about them, the future of education in a world of free (or nearly free) online learning, comparing the U.S. educational system to other countries. Shermer and Edwards also discuss thought experiments, based on Edwards' latest book, Thought Experiments: History and Applications for Education.

Watching America
Stephen C. Meyer: The Return Of The God Hypothesis

Watching America

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021


Dr. Stephen Meyer has dedicated his life to the philosophy of science in an attempt to answer some of the most pressing questions in the universe. In this episode of Watching America, Meyer talks about his book, “Return of the God Hypothesis.” While intellectuals in the 19th century began insisting that science and religion were in a never-ending war, Meyer details three modern scientific discoveries with decidedly theistic implications. You don't want to miss this thought-provoking conversation. Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. He was a geophysicist and college professor, and now directs Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. Other works by Meyer include the bestselling “Darwin's Doubt” and the award-winning “Signature in the Cell.” His work can be found in various publications and media, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, Nightline, and Tavis Smiley Show, amongst many more. Details at stephencmeyer.org

Science Salon
190. Jonathan Rauch — The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 100:43


Disinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. On the surface, these recent additions to our daily vocabulary appear to have little in common. But together, they are driving an epistemic crisis: a multi-front challenge to America's ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood. In episode 190, Michael Shermer speaks with Jonathan Rauch as he reaches back to the parallel eighteenth-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the “Constitution of Knowledge” — our social system for turning disagreement into truth. His book is a sweeping and readable description of how every American can help defend objective truth and free inquiry from threats as far away as Russia and as close as the cellphone.

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu
If You Love Conspiracy Theories (Or Know Someone Who Does), Watch This | Michael Shermer on Conversations with Tom

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 104:02


Check out our sponsors:  Butcher Box: Bacon for Life is back! New members get a package of FREE bacon in every box for the life of the subscription at ButcherBox.com/impact Podcorn: Learn more at https://podcorn.com/podcasters/ Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory Ladder: Go to LadderLife.com/impacttheory InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at insidetracker.com/impacttheory What utility do your beliefs have in your everyday life? From the way you decide on political issues to the way you tune out dissenting views, and decide against conversations with certain people every choice is backed by some belief in what you consider to be right. Michael Shermer, who I dubbed, the King Skeptic, joins me and discusses why free speech matters most when people don't want to hear it, and the power behind social signaling that helps shed light on some of the breakdowns being seen on a global scale. Michael's ability to think through strong opposing arguments searching for truth and charitable interpretation and tolerance for others is foundational.   Order Michael Shermer's book, Giving The Devil His Due: https://amzn.to/2TWVvfq   QUOTES: “much of decision making about truth is made under uncertainty.” [14:31]   “if you want to speak out, because you don't believe this ideology, and you see your neighbor, you know, hauled off and you never see him again, it's like, ‘I'm keeping my mouth shut.'” [33:02]   “if the only answer could be I'm 100% behind it. Or else, I'm not gonna say anything. Well, that's not good for society.”   “so social media is basically taking this natural human propensity to talk about other people. And marrying it to the negativity bias where we notice negative things more than positive things.” [50:26]   “losses hurt twice as much as gains feel good.” [50:46]   “try to separate what I want to be true from what is actually true.” [1:04:01]   “ it's good to remember on commercial television, there's commercials. And so the content is basically whatever it takes to get people to get from one commercial to the next with that clicking away.” [1:07:25]   “if you're going to write a law, you should write it in a way that you don't know which group you're going to be in,” [1:20:03]   “put yourself in the position of you're the lone voice. And do you or do you not want to be heard? Of course, people want to be heard. So free speech is for those with whom we disagree.” [1:34:29]   Follow Michael Shermer: Website: https://michaelshermer.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelshermer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Michael.Brant.Shermer Podcast: https://www.skeptic.com/michael-shermer-show/

Into the Impossible
Eric Weinstein & Michael Shermer: An honest dialogue about UFOs.

Into the Impossible

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 112:05


What is the nature of the abundant accounts of unexplained aerial phenomena? Are they harbingers of advanced extraterrestrial engineering, math, and physics, beyond our standard model? Or is there a more prosaic, though no less significant explanation, ranging from military operations, unreliable witnesses, or confirmation bias? Is our government sharing all it knows? Or is there really anything 'there' there? Beyond wanting to believe, do we have any evidence for our beliefs? 00:00:00 Intro 1:00:00 - Technology 1:02:50 - Antigravity Programs dating back to the 1950s & Feynman? 1:18:36 - Centralized Narratives! 1:28:15 - Science funding and obligations Join me and  @Eric Weinstein  and  @Skeptic  Michael Shermer to discuss this fascinating topic. Recent interest in alien craft sightings, documented in my interview with @Mick West is at an all time high: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJtTgIKDUZw. and also see my chat with  @SETI Institute  scientist Seth Shostak https://youtu.be/IZ9wxV_MWVI Watch my interview with  @AlienScientist  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVX2sKo3LKE&t=1s Please join my mailing list to get resources and enter giveaways to win a FREE copy of my book Losing the Nobel Prize: http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php

Quillette Podcast
Michael Shermer on Our Enduring Fascination with UFOs

Quillette Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 37:00


Quillette's Jonathan Kay talks to UFO expert Michael Shermer about why we keep searching the skies for signs of alien visitors (and why we always come away disappointed)

Nikkiana Jones, Exploring the Fringe
Dr. Charles Kos on Prehistory, Atlantis and Robin Hood!

Nikkiana Jones, Exploring the Fringe

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 69:12


Dr. Charles Kos is a truly original thinker and historian. We mention Erich von Däniken, Graham Hancock vs Zahi Hawass and Michael Shermer. The Mahabharata and the flying cities, Vimana's and nuclear weapons. Impacts like the Carolina Bays in North Carolina yet more inclined to believe the Shrinking Earth theory not Pangea. So expanding and contracting earth like Geologist and earth scientist Professor Ian Plimer put forth. The lifted Altiplano in Bolivia. Lake Van in Turkey. Doggerland was an area of land, now submerged beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to continental Europe. Matthew Parish Silvery hill (Salisbury) map, Old Sarum being the actual Atlantis, not necessarily the Richat Structure or the Eye of the Sahara. UFOs, J. Allen Hynek and project blue beam, Sonoluminescence, Ball lightning, orbs, Australia min min lights. Serpant Mounds and Paulding Light in Michigan. The real Robin hood being a Robert of Twing in Northern Yorkshire and written about by the Benedictine Monk Matthew Paris. Pyramids being world mounds and a global phenomenon, Bosnia Pyramid, Pinnacle Point Arkanas. You can find Dr. Charles Kos: Website: www.charleskos.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/charleskos YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlesKos/... Twitter: Ancient Mystery Man @DrC_Kos Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlesKosPhD IG: https://www.instagram.com/dr.charleskos/ And if you want to hit Nikki up: Nikkianajones@protonmail.com Telegram channel: https://t.me/nikkiana_jones​​​​​​​​​​ IG: nikkiana_jones Twitter: @LivingExtraord1 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw6BKhg2QXs&t=3170s --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nikkianajones/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nikkianajones/support

Own The Future
UFO-llow the money [E229]

Own The Future

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 53:54


Pentagon releases a repost on recent UFO sighting . . . should you go out and buy a tin foil hat? Should you build an underground bunker? Or . . .should "follow the money".US Pentagon is releasing what they know about the UFO or UAP (Unidentified Arial Phenomena) rightly named.BUT what is has been released?How should we think about it?Most importantly why is this coming out NOW?Is there a deeper reason to this all? LinksClips from the AP:https://apnews.com/article/science-government-and-politics-808f797b27f8a0ac8d81ecd0343d1f36https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8SctDYsvJo&Clips from Skynews:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a0xIzp-fbsClip from the Star:https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/pentagon-ufo-report-may-cover-24251095Michael Shermer:https://www.nbcboston.com/news/national-international/there-is-stuff-enduring-mysteries-trail-us-report-on-ufos/2398631/Mick West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le7Fqbsrrm8The WarZone--Where the sighting happened https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40904/faa-data-shows-strange-pattern-of-military-encounters-with-unidentified-aircraft-in-sensitive-airspaceOther helpful links:UFO not real: https://richardhanania.substack.com/p/ufos-arent-realMilitary Budgets: https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/06/ufo-reports-are-fertilizer-for-military-budgets.htmlUntil next time… Be a purpose seeker, truth lover, and own your future.To take more steps to live a focus life to achieve your dreams and fulfill your destiny–get my book Anchored the Discipline to Stop Drifting.  https://amzn.to/2Vwb22nThank you for listening, and as always you can find me at:WhatsApp: +1-202-922-0220LucasSkrobot.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucasskrobotInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucasskrobot★ Support this podcast ★

Polite Conversations
Woking Up 6 (FULL)-Sam’s Favourite Feminist

Polite Conversations

Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 108:40


*This is the full version of the previously released preview of episode 6* —— CW: this episode contains clips with graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. —— Hello hello, it’s me your friendly neighbourhood dealer of high level ideas. I am back with another installment of Woking Up...and somehow these clips keep getting more and more awful and excruciating. In this ep, we’ll chat about Sam’s feminist hero Ayaan Hirsi Ali & her new book ‘Prey’, as well as some of Sam’s takes on police brutality. Michael Shermer, Peterson & Camille Paglia make an appearance. Enjoy!

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast: Michael Shermer on the Hijacking of Science (#018)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 31:23


Ayaan talks with Michael Shermer about the hijacking of the scientific method, science being used as a political tool, vaccine hesitancy, and more. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years, he […]

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast
E018. Michael Shermer on the Hijacking of Science

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 31:23


Ayaan talks with Michael Shermer about the hijacking of the scientific method, science being used as a political tool, vaccine hesitancy, and more. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years, he was a columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of Why People Believe in Weird Things, The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, Heavens on Earth, and Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist. Follow him on Twitter @michaelshermer or visit his website: www.skeptics.com; www.michaelshermer.com.

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast: Michael Shermer on Science, Reason, and Skepticism (#017)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 55:09


Ayaan talks with Michael Shermer about his journey in and out of religion, the ten commandments of freedom of speech, and the concept of moral politics. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For […]

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast
E017. Michael Shermer on Science, Reason, and Skepticism

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 55:09


Ayaan talks with Michael Shermer about his journey in and out of religion, the ten commandments of freedom of speech, and the concept of moral politics. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years, he was a columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of Why People Believe in Weird Things, The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, The Moral Arc, Heavens on Earth, and Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist. Follow him on Twitter @michaelshermer or visit his website: www.skeptics.com; www.michaelshermer.com.

Café Brasil Podcast
Café Brasil 770 - O kit para detecção de bobagens

Café Brasil Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 30:37


Michael Shermer é fundador da The Skeptics Society, a sociedade dos céticos, e editor chefe da revista, Skeptic, que se dedica a investigar alegações pseudocientíficas e sobrenaturais. A Fundação Richard Dawkins pela Razão e Ciência publicou um vídeo com ele, chamado “Kit de Detecção de Bobagens”, com dez questões que você deve perguntar quando encontrar esse povo cheio de certezas que prega suas verdades por aí. A inspiração para o Kit foi, evidentemente, Carl Sagan e o vídeo já existe legendado no Youtube, vou colocar o link no roteiro deste programa em portalcafebrasil.com.br. Este episódio é a adaptação do texto daquele vídeo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Science Salon
182. A Conversation With UFOlogist Alan Steinfeld on How Believers and Skeptics Think About UFOs

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 108:42


In this episode, Michael Shermer speaks with explorer of consciousness and the emcee of Contact in the Desert (the largest UFO event in the country), Alan Steinfeld, who for over 30 years has hosted and produced the weekly television series New Realities in New York City. In his book, Making Contact, Steinfeld has edited together multiple perspectives on what he claims can no longer be denied: UFOs and their occupants are visiting our world. The volume contains original writings by the leading experts of the phenomena such as: the former head of the Harvard Medical school of psychiatry and an alien abduction investigator, Darryl Anka, internationally known for his communication with the extraterrestrial Bashar; Nick Pope, former UK Ministry of Defense UFO investigator; Grant Cameron, expert on American presidents and UFOs; Caroline Cory, director of Superhuman and ET: Contact; Mary Rodwell, author of The New Human about star-seed children, and many others. Note: It is Dr. Shermer’s intention in his podcast to periodically talk to people with whom skeptics and scientists may disagree. In some episodes Dr. Shermer tries to “steel man” a position held by someone with differing views — that is, he says in his own words what he thinks the other person is arguing — but in this case the other person is in the conversation and can represent his own position clearly, which is what happens. As well, such conversations enable principles of skepticism to be employed in ways constructive to those who hold views not necessarily embraced by skeptics and scientists. Such principles should be embraced by all seekers of truth, and that is why we want to talk to people with whom we may disagree.

Conversations With Coleman
Giving The Devil His Due [S2 Ep.14]

Conversations With Coleman

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 67:33


Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Coleman. My guest today is Michael Shermer. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, the host of the Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. For 18 years he was a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He's the author of New York Times bestsellers, ‘Why People Believe Weird Things’, ‘The Believing Brain', ‘Why Darwin Matters’, ‘The Science of Good and Evil', ‘The Moral Arc’, ‘Heavens on Earth', and ‘Giving The Devil His Due’, which is the subject of today's podcast. Michael and I talked about the declining relevance of Christianity on the political landscape today, threats to free speech, QAnon, conspiracy theories, and why people believe them. We talked about the one conspiracy theory I do believe in and laws that would ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools, and much more.

Science Salon
179. Niall Ferguson — Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

Science Salon

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 98:35


Disasters are inherently hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises, and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. In this episode, Michael Shermer speaks with one of the world’s most renowned historians, Niall Ferguson, who explains why our ever more bureaucratic and complex systems are making us worse, not better, at handling disasters.

The Jordan Harbinger Show
492: Michael Shermer | Why We Believe Weird Things

The Jordan Harbinger Show

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 60:17


Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) is the founder of Skeptic magazine and several books on the nature of belief. He’s the Director of The Skeptics Society, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of science, reason, and critical thinking. He joins us to discuss why people believe weird things. [This is a rebroadcast that originally aired in 2016.] What We Discuss with Michael Shermer: How do beliefs form and persist even when we know they’re wrong? Why do skeptics (and restaurant owners) scowl at the mention of Uri Geller? Why are smart people even more susceptible to faulty beliefs? How do our genes influence our political and religious beliefs? What’s the difference between a skeptic and a cynic? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/492 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking — our free networking and relationship development mini course — at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!