Conspiracy Theories – Why do people believe in them? | Interview with Dr. Michael Shermer

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Conspiracy Theories – What are they & why do people believe in them? | With Dr. Michael Shermer


In this interview with Dr. Michael Shermer, bestselling author and founder of Skeptic Magazine, we talk about conspiracy theories and examine their psychological and evolutionary logic. In addition, we discuss the societal and individual mechanisms that reinforce irrational thinking. Lastly, we question what the most effective approach would be to convince people with strongly held “beliefs” to engage in more scientific, logical and skeptical ways of thinking.


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ABOUT DR. MICHAEL SHERMER

Dr. Michael Shermer acTVism MunichDr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing BrainWhy Darwin MattersThe Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His new book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia.

Michael regularly contributes opinion editorials, essays, and reviews to: the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles TimesScienceNature, and other publications. He appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report20/20DatelineCharlie Rose, Oprah, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!). He has been interviewed in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Dr. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown. His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100.

Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a transdisciplinary course for Ph.D. students on Evolution, Economics, and the Brain.


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