Michael Shermer. Anything that asks you to deny demonstrable fact, to force yourself into ignorance, to accept a lie in place of truth, is not a smart move. No wonder violence, crime, neglect, and abuse are so often correlated with religious fervor. The very basis of religious indoctrination, of faith, is forcing a person to deny what is natural, truthful, and human.
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.
http://www.ted.com Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video, images and music, professional skeptic Michael Shermer explores these and other phenomena, including UFOs and alien sightings. He offers cognitive context: In the absence of sound science, incomplete information...
Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things | Video on TED.com Why do people interpret window stains as human figures, hear voices in random sounds generated by electronic devices or find conspiracies in the daily news? It's called the priming effect, in which our brain and senses are prepared to interpret the environment according to what we are looking for.
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.