Michael Shermer: Why People Believe Strange Things genre: Hip-Gnosis & Indie-Script

Michael Shermer is a former born again Christian and founder of the Skeptics Society and editor of Skeptic Magazine. He explains his transition to skepticism as follows:

I used to be a born-again Christian. Now you could say I'm a born-again atheist. But they are both articles of faith, so the correct term would be to say that I'm nontheistic, because a belief that there is no God is not the same as to have no belief in God."

He is opposed to teaching Intelligent Design as a scientific theory. He's especially interesting given his born-again Christian background. If you get a chance, check out the whole article and his book, "Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown".

The following video clips are of a talk Shermer gave in which he explains the basics which underlie why people are prone to believe in strange occurrences, miracles, and such...things like crop circles, images on potato chips and tree bark...as well as UFO's.

Part One

Part Two

Tagged as: Intelligent Design, Michael Shermer, Paranormal, Science, Skeptic Magazine, Skeptics Society, UFO

Daniel DiRito | September 1, 2007 | 2:32 PM
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