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Renowned author Michael Shermer took some time out on his birthday to talk to me about, among other things, rationalism, conspiracy theories, religion, critical thinking, and teaching. I’ve tried to link below to all of the ideas and names he mentions in this wide-ranging and insightful interview. 


Michael Shermer |

His latest book The Moral Arc

Some people Dr. Shermer mentions who are doing similar work to his:

Matt Ridley
Steven Pinker
Robert Wright

Behavioral economists such as Dan Ariely, Daniel Kanheman, Cass Sunstein, and Amos Traversky. 

More links:

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Caroll Tavris and  Elliot Aronson

When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger (A book about cognitive dissonance and how people double down on beliefs when challenged)

Christopher Hitchens on Henry Kissinger



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