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      January 7, 2016The Sciences

      Homo naledi and Human Nature

      Columnist Michael Shermer responds to critics of his most recent piece for Scientific American
      March 4, 2019Book

      The Science Behind the Debates

      People say that they trust scientists, yet evidence often takes a back seat to emotions. In fact, for issues that cause the loudest public furor - like vaccine safety - there is almost no debate in the scientific community...
      The Science Behind the DebatesThe Science Behind the Debates
      January 22, 2009The Sciences

      Darwin: Ghostbuster, Muse and Magistrate

      Darwin historian Richard Milner shares some of the lesser known aspects of Darwin's life. And Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer talks about the stock market, religion and other belief systems...
      April 1, 2015The Sciences

      April Book Reviews Roundup

      Books and recommendations from Scientific American
      July 1, 2015Mind & Brain

      3 New Books Explain the Roots of Altruism

      Books and recommendations from Scientific American MIND
      November 1, 2011The Sciences

      Scientific American-Then and Now

      Thoughts on the first issue of Scientific American, from 1845, now available online . Nature Publishing Group (which publishes Scientific American ) announced today that it has now digitized all of Scientific American ’s archive, going back to Volume 1, Issue 1 from 1845.I decided to take a look at the first issue, which was targeted to Americans of a mechanical bent, and started to reflect on how much (or how little) has changed in the intervening 166 years: Then:In 1845, the editor wrote "we shall endeavour to avoid all expressions of sentiment, on any sectional, sectarian, or political party subject."Now:In the words of Shawn Lawrence Otto, we at Scientific American understand that "Science is never partisan, but science is always political." Stating that evidence shows that something is true independent of what others—no matter their wealth or rank—think of it can be very subversive...
      September 3, 2018Book

      Return to Reason: The Science of Thought

      Why do facts fail to change people’s minds? In this eBook, we examine how we form our beliefs and maintain them with a host of cognitive biases, the difference between intelligence and thinking rationally and some solutions for how to overcome these obstacles both in reasoning with others and in dealing with our own prejudices...
      Return to Reason: The Science of ThoughtReturn to Reason: The Science of Thought
      November 1, 2009Environment

      Readers Respond on "Grassoline"

      Letters to the editor: The Science of God and Left & Right
      May 1, 2003The Sciences


      November 1, 2009The Sciences

      Letters to the Editors, November 2009

      Grassoline, Science and God and Left and Right
      August 13, 2008

      Big claim about bigfoot: bogus or bona fide?

      Here’s a story that’s leaving a pretty big footprint on the Web: Two people claim to have bagged bigfoot in northern Georgia (the U.S. state, not the at-war Central Asian country).The pair that claims to have found the mythical ape-human say in a press release (with photos) that the male creature is seven feet, seven inches tall (2.3 meters), weighs more than 500 pounds (227 kilograms), and has reddish hair and black-grey eyes...
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