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(Video) Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.

Belief is the status quo; Patternicity; etc. 

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Shermer is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things.

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