Tuesday, February 20, 2018
In his newest book, Heavens on Earth, Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic Magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and presidential fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101, set out to discover what drives humans’ belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts (such as radical life extension to cryonic suspension to mind uploading) to achieve immortality along with utopian attempts to create heaven on earth.
Founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and presidential fellow at Chapman University, Michael Shermer, Ph.D., is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things,The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc.
Shermer regularly contributes opinion editorials, essays, and reviews to: the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Oprah, and Larry King Live. He has been interviewed in numerous documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown. His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100.
Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on evolution, economics, and the brain.