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Mid: Why People Believe Weird Things – Michael Shermer

Date:
October 23, 2009
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Organized by:
Christian Orlic
Email: msu@centerforinquiry.net

Description:

Reserve your FREE tickets today!

UPDATE: All reserved tickets have been claimed. A few additional tickets will be available due to cancellations. EMAIL US to be placed on a waiting list for tickets.

Afterglow Social — Beggar’s Banquet Join us after the lecture at Beggar’s Banquet for socializing & discussion (218 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI). If you plan to attend the afterglow please RSVP to michigan@centerforinquiry.net or call 616-698-2342. Individuals are responsible for purchasing their own drinks & beverages.

Ever wonder why people believe in UFOs and alien abductions, mind-reading and psychics who talk to the dead, reincarnation and life after death, out-of-body and near-death experiences, urban legends and satanic panics, not to mention Intelligent Design creationism and the pernicious myth that the Holocaust never happened?

Dr. Michael Shermer, the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and a monthly columnist for Scientific American, is a genuine ghost-buster, a relentless crusader against junk science, bad science, voodoo science, pathological science, pseudoscience, and plain old nonsense. Based on his bestselling book, Why People Believe Weird Things, Dr. Shermer’s lecture is filled with humor, insight, magic, illusions, and personal anecdotes‰ÛÓa highly entertaining wake-up call that has become a wildly popular presentation at hundreds of college campuses.

The lecture will be followed by Q&A as well as a book signing. Books will be available for sale.

Free tickets for reserved seats at this event are available online. They can be picked up at the CFI ticket table from 6:00-7:30pm on October 23rd or mailed to you in advance. Please note your preference on the RSVP page. Limit two (2) per person.

Reserve your FREE tickets today!

‰ۢ Parking is available in MSU Parking Ramp 1.
‰ۢ Copies of Shermer’s books and other merchandise will be available for sale after the event.
‰ۢ Dr. Shermer will be available for a book signing following the lecture
‰ۢ Tickets will be available for pick-up at the event starting at 6:30pm

About Michael Shermer, PhD

Publisher of Skeptic Magazine

Dr. Michael Shermer received his M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University Fullerton, and his PhD in history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991). He taught psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College, California State University LosAngeles, and Glendale College. Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine (www.skeptic.com), 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 of Economics at Claremont Graduate University. Shermer has authored ten books about science and skepticism. His most recent include The Mind of the Market, Why Darwin Matters, Science Friction, and The Science of Good and Evil. He has also written several more on topics including pseudohistory, the borderlands of science, and the origins of religion and pseudoscience. He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Larry King Live, Oprah, Unsolved Mysteries, and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims. His interviews have appeared in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Shermer was also the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series Exploring the Unknown.