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Michael Shermer
 Interview: Dr. Michael Shermer
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Over the past 30 years, Skeptics Society founder Dr. Michael Shermer has questioned how and why humans believe what we do in all aspects of our lives—from our suspicions and superstitions to our politics, economics and social beliefs. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with Dr. Shermer about his new book, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths a compendium of the research and neuroscience that reveals how our brains evolved to connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen and ultimately why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not our beliefs are based in reality.
Show Notes

Date – May 24th, 2011 read by Derek. 
This week we're talking with Dr. Michael Shermer.
His new book is The Believing Brain.
It's not too late to get tickets to SkeptiCAL.
Dr. Michael Shermer is the founder of the Skeptics Society.
He also writes a regular column for Scientific American. 
The Skeptics Society Science Symposium is June 24-26th.

Skeptic History Notes:
President John F. Kennedy’s speech before a Joint Session of Congress on May 25, 1961 
committed the United States to a moon landing.
The movie Capricorn One added fuel to the fire of moon hoaxers when it 
was released June 2, 1978.
Planet X was supposed to reach perigee on May 27, 2003 and cause 
worldwide catastrophe.
Zecharia Sitchin also proposed an extra planet he called Nibiru. 
Planet X / Nibiru propoent Rob Solarion also died recently, on February 16.
The Oprah Winfrey Show airs its last new episode on May 25, 2011.
Dr. Edzard Ernst is retiring from his position as the first professor of complementary 
and alternative medicine
 on May 29, 2011.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter, Facebook or FriendFeed. 

I suspect the "Yeti as Third Man" argument appeared on a recent episode of Bones.
You can find out more about Dr. Michael Shermer at his website.
You can find out more about SkeptiCAL here.
You can get a copy of The Believing Brain here.
You can find out more about the Skeptics Society Science Symposium here.

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