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Why People Believe Weird Things

Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

Michael Shermer; Read by the author

Macmillan Audio

UFO abductions, television psychics, creationism, Holocaust denial. Faced with the rapid changes and anxieties of modern life, many people are turning to the alluring comforts of pseudoscience and the occult. In Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons we find these otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

In this program, Shermer shows how the eternal search for meaning and spiritual fulfillment often results in our thinking being led astray by extraordinary claims and controversial ideas-particularly in the realms of superstition and the supernatural. A compelling portrait of our immense capacity for self-delusion, Why People Believe Weird Things celebrates the scientific spirit and the joy to be found in rationally exploring the world's greatest mysteries, even if many of the questions remain unanswered.
UFO abductions, television psychics, creationism, Holocaust denial. Faced with the rapid changes and anxieties of modern life, many people are turning to the alluring comforts of pseudoscience and the occult. In Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons we find these otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

In this program, Shermer shows how the eternal search for meaning and spiritual fulfillment often results in our thinking being led astray by extraordinary claims and controversial ideas-particularly in the realms of superstition and the supernatural. A compelling portrait of our immense capacity for self-delusion, Why People Believe Weird Things celebrates the scientific spirit and the joy to be found in rationally exploring the world's greatest mysteries, even if many of the questions remain unanswered.

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  • Michael Shermer; Read by the author

  • Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, the director of the Skeptics Society, and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology. He is a tireless and highly-sought after speaker on radio and television and has recently appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. He is also the author of Denying History and teaches the history of science, technology, and evolutionary thought in the Cultural Studies Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
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Why People Believe Weird Things

Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

Michael Shermer; Read by the author

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