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Michael Shermer:
Why people believe weird things

TED2006 · 13:25 · Filmed Feb 2006
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Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things
13:25 · Filmed February 2006 at TED2006 · Subtitles available in 37 languages

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.

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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. Full bio
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