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Why People Believe Weird Things

Discussion in 'Break Room' started by admin, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

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    from PsychBlog:
    Why People Believe Weird Things and 8 Ways to Change Their Minds
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  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    That blog post is also the title of one of my favorite books!: Why People Believe in Weird Things, by Michael Shermer. I posted about some related books in a few other threads:

    Why People Believe Weird Things

    Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time is a 1997 book by science writer Michael Shermer. The foreword was written by Stephen Jay Gould.

    I raised this in:
    Alternative Medical Mythology
    Homeopathy and Sports Injury
    High Risk Profession
    There is no barefoot running debate
    Anyone following the MMR vaccine and Autism debate?
  4. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

  5. Andrew Ayres

    Andrew Ayres Active Member

  6. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

    First - The problem with Shermer making statements like 'Brains are designed to make patterns out of data that form belief but not necessarily truth' is that it is a self defeating argument because how then can Shermer be sure that his brain has not fooled him into believing something that is not truth. He makes a statement of truth but excludes himself from the conditions of that statement.

    Second if he thinks people should be skeptical of all information received then why should he not be skeptical of his skeptisism and accept the information that he receives.

    Classic mistakes.

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