A modern Paul
Like Paul, Shermer found his way on the long (bike) road to
Damascus Mt. Elbert, in Colorado, when he realized that all the prayer, new-age pyramids, meditation, and homeopathy would not take the pain of 10 years of cycling away, and that these remedies and the philosophies behind them were all bunk. Like Paul, Shermer began to preach and teach, writing for Scientific American in the Skeptics column, writing books like Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time (as well as the far more exciting, Cycling: Endurance and Speed), and lecturing across the US on topics ranging from Holocaust denial to creationism.
Useful comparisons to John, George, and Ringo are less forthcoming, however.
 Inverse stopped clock?
Shermer leans heavily libertarian and is known to be less than introspective where economic issues are concerned; occasional hilarity results with the rest of the skeptical community (one incident featured a thoroughly inept attempt to map economic freedom onto the Kardashev scale).
While Shermer's other work has been well received, his book Mind of the Market has been widely criticized in skeptical circles for being mostly full of bullshit pop evolutionary psychology used in order to rationalize his libertarianism. This has led some to say there are "two Michael Shermers," "skeptical Shermer" and "libertarian Shermer." Others contend he never really stopped drinking the Randroid Kool-Aid. Of course, he has denied these charges.
- "On the deepest level, our brains are wired up to believe just about everything we encounter, ..."
- "Science is the best tool we ever devised. It's the only hope we have," he said. But "it's counterintuitive. People are not naturally inclined to think skeptically and scientifically."
 See also
- Michael Shermer at Skepticblog, the
collective collaborativegroup-of-individuals blog of the cast of the (yet non-existent) show The Skeptologists
- The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine