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The Soul of Science
a new book by Dr. Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer’s new pocket mini-book addresses how we can find spiritual meaning and purpose in a scientific worldview. 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.

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Shermer at Pinnacle Rock

Shermer at Pinnacle Rock on the tiny island of Bartolome off of Santiago near Sullivan Bay, where Darwin visited in 1835.

Scientific American:
Shermer in the Galapagos

To mark the 5th anniversary of Michael Shermer’s monthly “Skeptic” column in Scientific American, the editors granted him an extra page for this special essay on retracing Darwin’s footsteps in the Galapagos islands. This is column number 60 for Shermer, only 241 to go to break the record set by the Iron Horse of essayists, Stephen Jay Gould, who penned 300 consecutive monthly columns in Natural History magazine. Shermer can break Gould’s record in April, 2026.

VISIT Scientific American to read the essay >


Darwin Day with Richard Milner

Richard Milner photo
Charles Darwin & Associates: Ghostbusters

TONIGHT! Feb 2nd, 6:30 pm, free
Muhlenberg Branch Public Library, New York City, NY
presented by Secular Humanist Society of New York

An illustrated lecture on the great man’s secret war against the Victorian-era “spiritualists,” entertainingly presented by Richard Milner, Darwin authority, author, entertainer, and Guest Editor, Natural History magazine.

Charles Darwin:
Live & in Concert

Feb 10th, 11th, 12th
8pm, $20/$25

Producer’s Club Theatre,
New York City, NY
presented by
New York Atheists Inc.

There’s no better Darwin Day Birthday treat than to catch anthropologist-songwriter Richard Milner’s witty one-man musical about everyone’s favorite Victorian naturalist. The show has garnered praise from the likes of Penn & Teller, the late Stephen Jay Gould, and master lyricist Sheldon (“Fiddler on the Roof”) Harnick. Scheduled on the weekend of Darwin’s birthday, it’s an evolving musical, yet it’s intelligently designed! Call 212-595-8970 to reserve seats.


Warped Passages --
closeup of book cover

lecture reminder…

Warped Passages
Unraveling the Mysteries of the
Universe’s Hidden Dimensions

with Dr. Lisa Randall

Sunday, February 12th, 2pm
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech

The concept of additional spatial dimensions is as far from intuitive as any idea can be. In this lecture based on her new book, Dr. Randall employs creative analogies to explain how our universe may have many unseen dimensions.

READ more about this lecture >

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Detecting Baloney

Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

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Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall, M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods. The lectures each range from 32 to 45 minutes.

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (paperback cover)

Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and why do they tend to proliferate? Why does belief in one conspiracy correlate to belief in others? What are the triggers of belief, and how does group identity factor into it? How can one tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Do you know someone who has had a mind altering experience? If so, you know how compelling they can be. They are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Easy Lessons

Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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