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3. Michael Shermer: "The Role of the Skeptic"

Michael Shermer, is the public face of the venerable tradition of "skepticism" in America.  As he explains in this podcast, Shermer is by no means a cynic. Rather, it is his calling to seriously investigate truth claims that clash with well-substantiated principles of mainstream science.  He is the founder of the Skeptic Society and the force behind its periodical, Skeptic Magazine. He is also the author of a number of books, including The Science of Good and Evil and also Why We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God. In this conversation with Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd, he reflects on his worldview trajectory and the importance of diverse voices in the broad community espousing naturalistic perspectives. Visit his personal website,, where you can read his monthly column in Scientific American, and watch an array of video newsclips of his national news and debate appearances.

Theme song "Poetry of Reality" courtesy Symphony of Science.

Direct download: 003-shermer.mp3
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