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Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF) or, My Big Bike Crash and Surgical Adventure

Posted by on Sep 21, 2019 on

On July 26 I had a nasty cycling crash. I’m fond of telling people that cycling is a low-impact sport, unless you impact the ground, which...

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Conspiracies & Conspiracy Theories: What We Should and Shouldn’t Believe—and Why

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 on

Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, in conjunction...

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Stein’s Law and Science’s Mission

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 on

The case for scientific humanism This column was first published in the January 2019 issue of Scientific American. In the April 2001 issue...

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Kids These Days

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 on

A looming crisis and how to avert it This column was first published in the December 2018 issue of Scientific American. Something is amiss...

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Steven Pinker & Michael Shermer – Montreal – Sept 16th 2018

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 on

Steven Pinker & Michael Shermer – Montreal – Sept 16th 2018 Steven Pinker & Michael Shermer sit down for a...

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Another Dream Deferred

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 on

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by...

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The Fallacy of Excluded Exceptions

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 on

Why the singular of “data” is not “anecdote” This column was first published in the November 2018 issue of Scientific American. For a...

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A Mysterious Change of Mind

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 on

Why do people die by suicide? This column was first published in the October 2018 issue of Scientific American. Anthony Bourdain (age 61)....

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Abortion Facts

Posted by on Sep 1, 2018 on

Education and birth control are slowly making the politics less relevant In May of this year the pro-life/pro-choice controversy leapt...

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23 and We

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 on

The limitations of personal genome service testing Like a lot of baby boomers, I find myself gravitating to newspaper obits,...

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The Final Mysterians

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 on

Are consciousness, free will and God insoluble mysteries? In 1967 British biologist and Nobel laureate Sir Peter Medawar famously...

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Gay Cake Debate, Political Tribes, and Victimhood (Michael Shermer/Amy Chua Full Interview)

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 on

The Rubin Report is the only talk show about free speech and big ideas on YouTube. Each week Dave Rubin uses logic and reason to have...

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 on

Google as a window into our private thoughts What are the weirdest questions you’ve ever Googled? Mine might be (for my latest book): “How...

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Pangburn Philosophy Podcast #7 – A Discussion with Michael Shermer

Posted by on May 18, 2018 on

Michael Shermer is a science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic,...

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Free to Inquire

Posted by on May 17, 2018 on

The Evolution-Creationism Controversy as a Test Case in Equal Time and Free Speech A book chapter for The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy...

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Frequent Infrequencies

Posted by on May 12, 2018 on

Do anomalies prove the existence of God? This op-ed was originally published on as part of a Big Ideas series on the question...

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You Kant Be Serious

Posted by on May 1, 2018 on

Utilitarianism and its discontents Would you cut off your own leg if it was the only way to save another person’s life? Would you torture...

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The pattern behind self-deception

Posted by on Jun 14, 2010 on

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two...

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Why people believe weird things

Posted by on Nov 8, 2006 on

Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video and music,...

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