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Michael Shermer:
The pattern behind self-deception

TED2010 · 19:01 · Filmed Feb 2010
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Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception
19:01 · Filmed February 2010 at TED2010 · Subtitles available in 32 languages

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

Skeptic
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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