Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the best-selling author of several books, including “The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.” As a public intellectual, he regularly contributes op-eds, book reviews, and essays to the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. His two TED talks, viewed nearly 8 million times, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 2,000 TED talks.
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Shermer explores what created the universe and explains multiple universes, M-theory, quantum foam creation, and other hypotheses still in their formative stage.
Shermer discusses 12 possible answers to the question of why there is something rather than nothing.
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Shermer examines the difference between supernatural design (creationism) and natural design (evolution).
Scientologys origins were based in a science fictions writers desire to earn money and have no actual basis in science.
“We live in the here and now, not the hereafter, so our actions must be judged according to the criteria of this category, whether or not the category of a God-granted hereafter exists.”
“Skepticism, it would seem, is context-dependent.”
“Shermer begins with a simple notion: Humans are mortal, and yet it is near impossible to imagine our mortality. You cannot picture your death because you would no longer exist to experience it.”
“’There is no one answer to what makes a perfect society,’ he [Michael Shermer] says, and the attempt to create an earthly paradise can turn murderous.”
“Religion. It is religion more than anything else that keeps people from wanting others to have the same rights as they do.”
“The arc of the moral universe bends not only toward justice, but toward truth and freedom, and these positive outcomes have largely been the product of societies moving toward more secular forms of governance and politics, law and jurisprudence, moral reasoning and ethical analysis.”
“Why the decline? One factor is the dramatic spread of democracy around the globe over the past half a century.”
“Religion and philosophy have had their say for thousands of years what’s moral and not moral. I’m just saying let’s add to our quiver the arrow of science.”
“I believe that it is time to step out of our religious traditions and embrace science as the best tool ever devised for explaining how the world works, and to work together to create a social and political world that embraces moral principles and yet allows for natural human diversity to flourish.”
“Religion was the first social institution to canonize moral principles, and God as an explanatory pattern for the world took on new powers as the ultimate enforcer of the rules. Thus it is that people are religious and believe in God.”
Shermer discusses his new book and argues, among other things, that religious and scientific attempts at the afterlife are problematic.
“Are atheists who believe in aliens falling for one of humanity's oldest brain biases?”
Michael Shermer debates the existence of God with Catholic philosopher Edward Feser.
Michael Shermer gives his argument against the existence of God.
Shermer and D’Souza debate whether religion is a force for good or evil in the world, and whether morality requires God.
“Science is a verb and a way of thinking about things.”