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Why People Believe Weird Things

Date:
April 11, 2000
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States

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Organized by:
Jeff Seaver
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Email: jeff@cfimichigan.org

Description:

Michael Shermer, examined a number of aspects of “fuzzy thinking”, pseudo-science and paranormal beliefs in his lecture, including his very own personal encounter with alien abduction! It happened in August of 1983, where he “lost” 90 minutes of time, saw bright lights and alien beings emerge from their craft with stiffly- extended pinkie fingers but otherwise humanoid in appearance.

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.