Why People Believe Weird Things

Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe — and overlook the facts. Michael Shermer debunks myths, superstitions and urban legends — and explains why we believe them. Along with publishing Skeptic Magazine, he’s author of Why People Believe Weird Things and The Mind of the Market.

Here he gives (what I think) is a great presentation on why people believe strange things.  Our minds are truly the center of our experiences. Understanding our own behavior and fallibility will help us understand what’s real. We can also learn how not to contaminate our own memories and experience.  The real search begins inside. Understand yourself and your world before trying to understand an experience that is so far out of the ordinary. You may be surprised.

 

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