Why Do Smart People Believe Weird Things?
Most people like to think that they hold their beliefs because they looked at the facts and then decided what to believe.
But, after 30 years of research in psychology and science, Dr. Shermer shows that we choose our beliefs first and then the explanations for our beliefs come later.
Why does this matter? Because our beliefs govern everything about how we think about the world we live in.
Religion. Ghosts. UFOs. Alternative medicine. Conspiracy theories.
During this event, you'll laugh. You'll be amazed. You'll look at things differently. And, if you're not careful, you may just get rid of some of the beliefs that aren't serving you!
Who Is Michael Shermer?
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University.
His book How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God. He is also the author of Why People Believe Weird Things on pseudoscience, superstitions, and other confusions of our time.
He's been featured on various TV shows including The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Leeza, and Unsolved Mysteries.
Enjoy this video clip of Dr. Shermer at the TED talks:
This event is free of charge and is sponsored by the Southeast Alabama Freethought Association (SEAFA).
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Dr. Shermer WILL be signing books so feel free to bring your copy of any of his works and he'll be happy to sign them for you. The local Barnes and Noble has copies of "The Believing Brain" in stock for you.
NOTE: Only 200 seats are available for this event! Make sure to get your tickets and attend this exciting event! Tickets will be available "at the door".
UPDATE: Win A Free Autographed Copy of "The Believing Brain" By Dr. Shermer!
After you register your tickets for you and your group, invite your friends and family!
When they register their tickets and indicate that YOU are the one who told them about the event.....
...your name goes into a drawing for an autographed copy of Dr. Shermer's best-selling book "The Believing Brain"!
So, get your own tickets by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of the page and then invite your friends and family to join you by sending them to this page: http://www.DothanThinkers.com
NOTE: The drawing will be held on the night of the event and you must be present to win. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 or older to participate. No cash value is awarded.
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NOTE: Dr. Shermer will be available after the lecture to sign books.
There will be a limited number of his various books available at the event.
If you'd like to pre-purchase a book to bring to the event, the Dothan Barnes & Noble has a supply of "The Believing Brain" in-stock and you can also order any of Dr. Shermer's titles directly from Amazon by clicking here.
See you on March 1st!
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