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CFI Ottawa presents: Michael Shermer - The Believing Brain

From Ghosts, Gods, and Aliens to Conspiracies, Economics, and Politics -- How the brain constructs beliefs and reinforces them as truths.

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 at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Shermer's latest book is The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics. His last book was Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and he is the author of Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown, about how the mind works and how thinking goes wrong. His book The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share Care, and Follow the Golden Rule, is on the evolutionary origins of morality and how to be good without God. He wrote a biography, In Darwin's Shadow, about the life and science of the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. He also wrote The Borderlands of Science, about the fuzzy land between science and pseudoscience, and Denying History, on Holocaust denial and other forms of pseudohistory. 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.

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More about Michael Shermer:

Dr. Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991). He was a college professor for 20 years [masked]), teaching psychology, evolution, and the history of science at Occidental College [masked]), California State University Los Angeles, and Glendale College. Since his creation of the Skeptics Society, Skeptic magazine, and the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, he has appeared on such shows as 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries, and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as interviews in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I have attended many of Michaels talks. Always enjoyable and scientifically accurate!

    February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent opportunity to learn from and about this scientist. He encourages us to become/remain skeptical in the face of common beliefs, attitudes, orthodoxies. I went looking for information about Michael Shermer in the Wikipedia; after some time l found a website with a treasure of free documentaries. (go to: <>;)

    February 25, 2012

  • Francoys

    Shermer kept us on the edge of our seats!

    February 25, 2012

  • Christine M.

    Thank you Seanna!

    February 19, 2012

  • Seanna

    Hi Christine,

    I have changed your RSVP to indicate that you have bought a ticket and will be attending the event

    February 19, 2012

  • Christine M.

    I bought my ticket at a meet-up evening, and cannot now update my RSVP to "attending", as there is no option to skip the payment phase...But I will be there!

    February 19, 2012

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