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    • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    • By: Michael Shermer, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 994

    Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One Truely Great Course

    • By Heizenberg on 09-14-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Believing Brain

    • From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,109
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      4 out of 5 stars 856
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      4 out of 5 stars 849

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great material. Not-so-great narration.

    • By Leigh Bartley on 06-17-11
    • From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 05-24-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,109 ratings

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Heavens on Earth

    • The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia
    • By: Dr. Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Dr. Michael Shermer, David Smalley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    In his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans' belief in life after death, focusing on recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality by radical life extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists, and mind uploaders, along with utopians who have attempted to create heaven on earth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Overall great

    • By Paul on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $12.23

    • Skeptic

    • Viewing the World with a Rational Eye
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    From the author's monthly Scientific American columns. An eclectic, inspiring collection exploring a broad range of scientific thought from best-selling author and celebrated skeptic Michael Shermer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly for Those Already in the Choir

    • By dugreader on 09-04-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Moral Arc

    • How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer, Melody Zownir
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    We are living in the most moral period of our species’ history. Best-selling author Michael Shermer’s most accomplished and ambitious book to date demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral. Ever since the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment thinkers consciously applied the methods of science to solve social and moral problems.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Us is getting bigger, them is getting smaller

    • By Gary on 02-02-15

    Regular price: $22.40

    • Why People Believe Weird Things

    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 331
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      4 out of 5 stars 155
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      4 out of 5 stars 156

    UFO abductions, television psychics, paranormal phenomena, skeptics and believers alike, find themselves debating truths and lies in the strange web of pseudoscience and the occult. Now, director of the Skeptics Society Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons why we find other worldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ok but not as good as How We Believe

    • By reggie p on 09-17-04

    Regular price: $13.27

    • Denying History

    • Holocaust Denial, Pseudohistory, and How We Know What Happened in the Past
    • By: Michael Brant Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Brant Shermer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
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      4 out of 5 stars 52
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Please don't let this guy read his own work!!!

    • By Laurie on 11-30-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Science & Humanity: From Past to the Future (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    • Panel 1062
    • By: Mr. Brian Fagan, Mr. Michael Shermer, Mr. Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated by: Ms. M.G. Lord
    • Length: 59 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Regular price: $2.93

    • The History of Science

    • A Sweeping Visage of Science and its History
    • By: Professor Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Dr. Michael Shermer
    • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 91
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4 out of 5 stars 45

    This is a sweeping look at science, its history and philosophy from the Middle Ages to the present, with special emphasis on defining science within the cultural context of the age, who was doing science at the time, and what their goals were in conducting science. This course reflects Dr. Shermer's doctoral training at Claremont Graduate School.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Old and bad sound recording

    • By F-M on 06-07-09

    Regular price: $69.97

    • War

    • History, Causes, Solutions
    • By: Michael Brant Shermer
    • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 26
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    In his college war course, Dr. Shermer mixes straight narrative history with science, philosophy, and theory as to the causes and solutions to war. The course begins with an overview of war and terms and definitions as they will be used throughout the course.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's not an audio book

    • By joel on 05-28-10
    • History, Causes, Solutions
    • By: Michael Brant Shermer
    • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 08-10-09
    • 3 out of 5 stars 26 ratings

    Regular price: $69.30

    • Why Darwin Matters

    • The Case for Evolution and Against Intelligent Design
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    • Abridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    Columnist and publisher Michael Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents invoke a combination of ad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology in their new brand of creationism. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. Why Darwin Matters is an incisive examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, unfortunate abridgement

    • By Christopher on 07-11-11

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Science of Good and Evil

    • Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 71
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 48

    In The Science of Good and Evil, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores how humans evolved from social primates into moral primates, how and why morality motivates the human animal, and how the foundation of moral principles can be built upon empirical evidence. Along the way he explains the implications of scientific findings for fate and free will, the existence of pure good and pure evil, and the development of early moral sentiments among the first humans.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Science Friction

    • Where the Known Meets the Unknown
    • By: Michael Brant Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Brant Shermer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 12

    In each of the essays in Science Friction, Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know, and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact?

    Regular price: $13.96

    • How We Believe

    • The Search for God in an Age of Science
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
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      4 out of 5 stars 84
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    Recent polls report that 96-percent of Americans believe in God, and 73-percent believe that angels regularly visit Earth. Why is this? Why, despite the rise of science, technology, and secular education, are people turning to religion in greater numbers than ever before? Why do people believe in God at all?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By Rick on 02-08-15

    Regular price: $8.31

    • The Borderlands of Science

    • Where Sense Meets Nonsense
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 169
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      4 out of 5 stars 52
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      4 out of 5 stars 52

    Many people have difficulty figuring out the difference between science, borderline science, and just plain nonsense. When is a theory a fact, and when is it just conjecture? Michael Shermer, a leading science author and skeptic, divides knowledge into three classes: science, based on factual evidence; borderline science, based on scientific conjecture; and nonsense, where anything goes (e.g., Bigfoot).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • reasonable

    • By Richard on 07-19-05

    Regular price: $27.93

    • The Mind of the Market

    • Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 84
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      4 out of 5 stars 44
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      4 out of 5 stars 45

    The Mind of the Market will change the way we think about the economics of everyday life. Drawing on research from neuroeconomics, Michael Shermer explores what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and how trust is established in business. Utilizing experiments in behavioral economics, Shermer shows why people hang on to losing stocks and failing companies, why business negotiations often disintegrate into emotional tit-for-tat disputes, and why money does not make us happy.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good ideas overshadowed by obnoxious polemics

    • By Philo on 09-15-13
    • Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics
    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 10-06-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 84 ratings

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Doping Dilemma

    • Scientific American
    • By: Michael Shermer, Scientific American
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Game theory suggests how to stop the pervasive abuse of drugs in baseball, cycling, and other sports. Learn more in "The Doping Dilemma", an article from the April 2008 edition of Scientific American.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • The Soul of Science

    • By: Michael Shermer
    • Narrated by: John Wagner
    • Length: 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 30
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Spirituality is a way of being in the world, a sense of one's place in the cosmos, a relationship to that which extends beyond ourselves. There are many sources of spirituality; religion may be the most common, but it is by no means the only. Anything that generates a sense of awe may be a source of spirituality. Science does this in spades.

    Regular price: $4.17