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    The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule.Michael Shermer - 2004 - Times Books.
    In his third and final investigation into the science of belief, bestselling author Michael Shermer tackles the evolution of morality and ethics A century and a half after Darwin first proposed an “evolutionary ethics,” science has begun to tackle the roots of morality. Just as evolutionary biologists study why we are hungry (to motivate us to eat) or why sex is enjoyable (to motivate us to procreate), they are now searching for the roots of human nature. In The Science of (...)
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    The Grand Old Man of Evolution.Michael Shermer & Frank J. Sulloway - unknown
    rnst Mayr was born in Kempten, Germany, on July 5, 1904, making him, at age 95, the grand old man of evolutionary biology, one of the primary architects of the modem synthesis of genetic and evolutionary theory, and arguably one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. His career interests have spanned a remarkable five different fields, including: (1) ornithology, (2) systematics, (3) zoogeography, (4) evolutionary theory, and (5) philosophy and history of science. Such broad research interests grew (...)
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    The Truth is Out There.Michael Shermer - 2012 - Think 11 (30):11-24.
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    Exorcising Laplace's Demon: Chaos and Antichaos, History and Metahistory.Michael Shermer - 1995 - History and Theory 34 (1):59-83.
    The analysis of physical and biological systems through models and mathematics of chaotic behavior and nonlinear dynamics rose to prominence in the 1980s. Many authors, most notably Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers, made glancing references to applications of this new paradigm to the social and historical sciences, but little fruit was harvested until this decade. Physiologists studying irregular heart rhythms, psychologists examining brain activity, biologists graphing population trends, economists tracking stock price movements, military strategists assessing the outbreak of wars, and (...)
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    Exorcising Laplace's Demon: Chaos and Antichaos, History and Metahistory.Michael Shermer - 1995 - History and Theory 34 (1):71.
    The analysis of physical and biological systems through models and mathematics of chaotic behavior and nonlinear dynamics rose to prominence in the 1980s. Many authors, most notably Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers, made glancing references to applications of this new paradigm to the social and historical sciences, but little fruit was harvested until this decade. Physiologists studying irregular heart rhythms, psychologists examining brain activity, biologists graphing population trends, economists tracking stock price movements, military strategists assessing the outbreak of wars, and (...)
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    Science and Pseudoscience The Difference in Practice and the Difference/T Makes.Michael Shermer - 2013 - In Massimo Pigliucci & Maarten Boudry (eds.), Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University of Chicago Press. pp. 203.
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    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies; Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives.Michael Shermer - 1997 - Complexity 2 (6):33-38.
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    The Unofficial Stephen Jay Gould Archive.Michael Shermer - unknown
    tephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History , has become something of a watershed for those who study contingency and complexity, especially applied to organisms, societies, and history, and discussions of it can be found in many works. Walter Fontana and Leo Buss, for example, ask in the title of their chapter "What Would Be Conserved If 'The Tape Were Played Twice'?" This is a direct reference to Gould's suggestion in Wonderful Life that if (...)
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    The Crooked Timber of History: History is Complex and Often Chaotic. Can We Use This to Better Understand the Past?Michael Shermer - 1997 - Complexity 2 (6):23-29.
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    By Michael Shermer.Michael Shermer - unknown
    Humans are pattern-seeking, storytelling animals. We look for and find patterns in our world and in our lives, then weave narratives around those patterns to bring them to life and give them meaning. Such is the stuff of which myth, religion, history, and science are made.
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  11. Giving the Devil His Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist.Michael Shermer - 2020 - Cambridge University Press.
    Who is the 'Devil'? And what is he due? The Devil is anyone who disagrees with you. And what he is due is the right to speak his mind. He must have this for your own safety's sake because his freedom is inextricably tied to your own. If he can be censored, why shouldn't you be censored? If we put barriers up to silence 'unpleasant' ideas, what's to stop the silencing of any discussion? This book is a full-throated defense of (...)
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    Paranormal Claims: A Critical Analysis.Michael Shermer, Stephen Barrett, Barry L. Beyerstein, Susan Blackmore, Geoffrey Dean, Bryan Farha, Ray Hyman, Joe Nickell, Benjamin Radford, James Randi, Linda Rosa & Carl Sagan (eds.) - 2007 - Upa.
    This academic text features articles regarding paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims. It logically examines the claims of astrology; psychic ability; alternative medicine and health claims; after-death communication; cryptozoology; and faith healing, all from a skeptical perspective. Paranormal Claims is a compilation of some of the most eye-opening articles about pseudoscience and extraordinary claims that often reveal logical, scientific explanations, or an outright scam. These articles, steeped in skepticism, teach critical thinking when approaching courses in psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, or science.
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