Quotes by Michael Shermer

Anecdotal thinking comes naturally; science requires training.


But the power of science lies in open publication, which, with the rise of the Internet, is no longer constrained by the price of paper.


For solving a surprisingly large and varied number of problems, crowds are smarter than individuals.


Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.


In comparison, Google is brilliant because it uses an algorithm that ranks Web pages by the number of links to them, with those links themselves valued by the number of links to their page of origin.


Machine intelligence of a human nature could be a century away, and immortality is at least a millennium away, if not unattainable altogether.


Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.


Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.


The actual atoms and molecules that make up my brain and body today are not the same ones that I was born with on September 8, 1954, a half-century ago this month.


We know evolution happened because innumerable bits of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.