In his foreword to Why People Believe Weird Things, Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould wrote: "Michael Shermer, as head of one of America's leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life."
Shermer has participated in numerous TV shows and documentaries, including Donahue, Oprah, Unsolved Mysteries, Politically Incorrect, Charlie Rose, and Tom Snyder, as well as on Discovery and The Learning Channel. Shermer has also written numerous cycling books based on a 10-year professional career as an ultramarathon cyclist and competitor in the 3,000-mile, nonstop, transcontinental Race Across America.
Shermer received a Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Cultural Studies Program at Occidental. This lecture is cosponsored by the department of psychology at CMC.