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Michael Shermer on strange beliefs



Skeptics Society founder Michael Shermer talks a bit about why people believe strange things.

   

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Comment icon #31 Posted by TwoXMike on 10 February, 2011, 6:09
It might help if you had some contextual reference for the format of this particular talk by Michael Shermer. You see, this was at TED2006 and each speaker is only given a short amount of time for their presentation. Because of this time limitation, he simply doesn't have the time to go into great detail on each point. Thats fair but in saying that why point out stuff that is obliviously fake. Like for example the skeptic.com crop circle. I mean come on if you are serious about being a skeptic at least made good arguments, not ones that a 5 yr old could think of. And he doesnt really need to g... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by booNyzarC on 10 February, 2011, 6:28
Thats fair but in saying that why point out stuff that is obliviously fake. Like for example the skeptic.com crop circle. I mean come on if you are serious about being a skeptic at least made good arguments, not ones that a 5 yr old could think of. And he doesnt really need to go into great detail all you have to do is one point of a unknown origin picture and state why it is fake not the stupid hubcap s*** The skeptic.com bit was offensive to you? It was comic relief of a sort. And if you've done some investigation about crop circles, you'll find that admitted hoaxers have come forward and no... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Galaxie500 on 11 February, 2011, 22:34
This guy is a clown always has been always will be. Example of a skeptic, sit behind a chair, hear things, read about things and just assume they are not true. Get off your lazy duff and go spend some time really researching, get your hands dirty and stop being afraid of the unknown.
Comment icon #34 Posted by booNyzarC on 11 February, 2011, 22:53
This guy is a clown always has been always will be. Example of a skeptic, sit behind a chair, hear things, read about things and just assume they are not true. Get off your lazy duff and go spend some time really researching, get your hands dirty and stop being afraid of the unknown. What kind of dirty hands research have you done about the unknown?
Comment icon #35 Posted by The Silver Thong on 11 February, 2011, 23:13
About Michael Shermer and his Society. Its all "lets debunk this" and "we can explain that" but lets all ignore the fully documented, totally authenticated, multiple witnesses etc, etc, etc, side of things. If these things have been proven why are people still trying to prove them?
Comment icon #36 Posted by Galaxie500 on 13 February, 2011, 3:07
If I tried to explain all of the dirty hands research that I have done and have been involved in, it would make you're skeptical mind spin.
Comment icon #37 Posted by booNyzarC on 13 February, 2011, 4:02
If I tried to explain all of the dirty hands research that I have done and have been involved in, it would make you're skeptical mind spin. By all means, make my skeptical mind spin. Don't hold back any details.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Paracelse on 13 February, 2011, 6:36
If the paranormal didn't exist, why would the CIA and Naval Intelligence would spend billions of dollars in some paranormal programs? http://blockyourid.com/~gbpprorg/mil/mindcontrol/hambone/puharich.html There are others. The remote viewings programs are other proofs. The facts they are not precise yet doesn't mean they were not valid. http://www.biomindsuperpowers.com/Pages/CIA-InitiatedRV.html IMHO Michael Shermer is practicing disinformation. He's not the first one, he won't be the last.
Comment icon #39 Posted by booNyzarC on 13 February, 2011, 6:42
If the paranormal didn't exist, why would the CIA and Naval Intelligence would spend billions of dollars in some paranormal programs? http://blockyourid.com/~gbpprorg/mil/mindcontrol/hambone/puharich.html There are others. The remote viewings programs are other proofs. The facts they are not precise yet doesn't mean they were not valid. http://www.biomindsuperpowers.com/Pages/CIA-InitiatedRV.html IMHO Michael Shermer is practicing disinformation. He's not the first one, he won't be the last. Why indeed do the military and intelligence agencies spend all the money they do on the things they do?... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Paracelse on 13 February, 2011, 11:48
Why indeed do the military and intelligence agencies spend all the money they do on the things they do? Excellent question. Answer? Because they can. It doesn't make the paranormal any more legitimate or real though. After all, they scrapped the whole remote viewing gig didn't they? Would they have cut the program loose if it had yielded fruit? Nope. They (the military) say they scrapped it but also say so many things. If it didn't work why did they continue for so many years? There must have been some positive results, despite what you may think. Why did the CIA brainwashed so many kids at Pu... [More]


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