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The following biography is from www.skeptic.com/director.html.




Dr. Michael Shermer
Author:
* In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Biographical Study on the Psychology of History
* The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense
* Denying History: Who Says Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It
* How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God
* Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

His latest book:
The Science of Good and Evil : Why People Cheat, Share, Gossip, and Follow the Golden Rule

Founding Publisher, Skeptic Magazine; Director, Skeptics Society
Contributing Editor and Monthly Columnist, Scientific American
Host, Skeptics Caltech Lecture Series
Co-Producer and Co-Host, Exploring the Unknown, 13-Hour Series on the Fox Family Channel, aired in 2000.
Science Correspondent, KPCC radio, NPR affiliate for Southern California
Fellow, Linnean Society of London
Ph.D., History of Science, Claremont Graduate School
M.S., Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
Featured interviews on 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Tom Snyder, Politically Incorrect, Donahue, Oprah, Sally, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries, A & E, Discovery, The History Channel, and The Learning Channel.

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech, and the co-host and producer of the 13-hour Fox Family television series, Exploring the Unknown. He is the author of In Darwin's Shadow, about the life and science of the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. He also wrote The Borderlands of Science, about the fuzzy land between science and pseudoscience, and Denying History, on Holocaust denial and other forms of historical distortion. His book How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God. He is also the author of Why People Believe Weird Things that was widely and positively reviewed and was on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list as well as the New Sciences science books bestseller list in England. Dr. Shermer is also the author of Teach Your Child Science and co-authored Teach Your Child Math and Mathemagics.

According to Stephen Jay Gould (from his Foreword to Why People Believe Weird Things): "Michael Shermer, as head of one of America's leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life."

Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State Univesity, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate School. Since his creation of the Skeptics Society, Skeptic magazine, and the Skeptics Lecture Series at Caltech, he has appeared on such shows as 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Sally, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries, and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as on documentaries aired on A & E, Discovery, and The Learning Channel




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Michael Shermer is also a world record cyclist...

Cycling Books
7. Race Across America: The Glory and Agony of the World's Longest and Cruelest Bicycle Race. 1993. WRS Publications.
6. Arthritis: A Motivation Program to Help You Live a Better Life. With George Yates. 1989. Chicago: Contemporary Books/Lowell House.
5. The Woman Cyclist. With Elaine Mariolle. 1988. Chicago: Contemporary Books.
4. The Race Across America Book. With John Marino and Lon Haldeman. 1988. San Clemente: Info Net Publishing.
3. Cycling: Endurance and Speed. 1986. Chicago: Contemporary Books.
2. Sport Cycling: A Guide to Training, Racing and Endurance. 1985. Chicago: Contemporary Books.
1. Psychling: Endurance and Speed. 1983. Glendale: Glendale College Press.

Athletic Achievements
(Professional Cyclist: 1979-1989)
1980 Seattle-to-San Diego: 7 days, 8 hours, 1,515 miles - world record.
1981 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon: 76th place.
1981 Seattle-to-San Diego: 4 days, 14 hours, 1,305 miles - world record.
1982 Great American Bike Race: L.A. to N.Y. 2,976 miles - 3rd place.
1983 Miami-to-Maine: 6 days, 1 hour, 1,906 miles - world record.
1983 Race Across America: DNF 2,600 miles.
1984 Spenco 500: 500 miles - 7th place.
1984 Seattle-to-San Diego: 3 days, 23 hours, 1,250 miles - world record.
1984 Race Across America: 10 days, 16 hours, 3,084 miles - 4th place.
1985 Race Across America: 10 days, 7 hours, 3,150 miles - 3rd place.
1986 Spenco 500: 500 miles - 7th place.
1989 Race Across America: HPV Division: DNF 2,970 miles.
1986-1988; 1991-1992: Assistant Race Director, Race Across America
1993-1995: Race Director, Race Across America
1996-1997: Executive Race Director, Race Across America

Cycling Television/Media Appearances
1982 ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage of the Race Across America.
1983 ABC's Battle of the Network Stars.
1983 ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage of the Race Across America.
1984 National commercial for Spenco Sports Products -principle actor.
1984 ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage of the Race Across America.
1985 National commercial for 7-Up.
1985 ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage of the Race Across America.
1986 ABC's Wide World of Sports coverage of the Race Across America.
1987 National commercial for Gatorade.
1988 Sport Cycling video aired on cable sports television.
1980-1992 Countless radio, television, and newspaper interviews about cycling.

Cycling Video Productions
7. "Sport Cycling: A High Performance How To Video." 1987. Los Angeles: True North Film and Video Productions. Written and Presented.
6. "Race Across America 1993." 1993. Prime Network.Written and Narrated.
5. "Race Across America 1994." 1994. ESPN. Written and Narrated.
4. "Race Across America 1995." 1995 ESPN. Written and Narrated.
3. "Race Across America 1996." 1996. ESPN. Written and Narrated.
2. "Race Across America 1997." 1997. Outdoor Life. Written and Narrated.
1. "Race Across America 1998." 1998. Outdoor Life. Written and Narrated.




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