Michael Shermer

There’s a long tradition of disinfonauts taking issue with debunkers like Michael Shermer, so this one’s for you! Daniel Engber nails some holier-than-thou debunkers at the excellent FiveThirtyEight: In 2012, network scientist and…



An opinion piece by Skeptic Magazine’s Michael Shermer in the LA Times has stirred up lots of strong opinions amongst Angelenos. What do disinfonauts think? The House voted 396-9 this week to…





Michael Shermer asks an imponderable question in Scientific American Magazine:

What are the odds that intelligent, technically advanced aliens would look anything like the ones in films, with an emaciated torso and limbs, spindly fingers and a bulbous, bald head with large, almond-shaped eyes? What are the odds that they would even be humanoid? In a YouTube video, produced by Josh Timonen of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, I argue that the chances are close to zero:

Richard Dawkins himself made this interesting observation in a private communication after viewing it:

I would agree with [Shermer] in betting against aliens being bipedal primates, and I think the point is worth making, but I think he greatly overestimates the odds against…