Why people believe weird things | Michael Shermer

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Why people believe weird things | Michael Shermer 4.5

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It's far easier to make a man believe in something foolish than to convince him that he has been made a fool.

Author — edwardmashberg1


The answer is very simple:

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

― George Carlin

Author — Ricahrd P'Brien


plot twist: that guy really had weed on him

Author — smokedopecowboy


"Get high and go to a ted talk they said, no one will have a Quodro 2000 douser rod they said" ☹

Author — Daniel Benson


Anyone who can be convinced of absurdities can be convinced to commit atrocities.

Author — Dan Strayer


When is Ted actually going to talk though?

Author — CPT 01 RC


It's hilarious to observe the trouble people will go through
to try to prove that Bible characters are real.

Author — James Richard Wiley


Crop circles, in grain fields, happen because of cereal killers. I can believe that most school administrators would buy marijuana dousing rods, but they wouldn't get it near a staff lounge.

Author — olderthangranite


People who want to see something WILL see something.

Author — Sebastian Brinkmann


My great grandfather knew the exact date and place that he was going to die. The judge told him.

Author — ron nicholson


*One thing that I hear a lot, and even Mr. Shermer is guilty of it here, is using the word, "Theory", when the correct word would be "Hypothesis". A "Hypothesis" is a well in-formed guess, or idea, but not yet tested. A "Theory" is what you get once you've used the scientific method to test a "Hypothesis", and according to all of the testing, the "Hypothesis" is considered to have been scientifically proven to be true. Then it becomes a "Theory". So, when someone says something like, "It's JUST a theory." What they should actually be saying is, "It's JUST a hypothesis." Because, if it's a theory, that means that it has been rigorously tested, and is currently accepted as being proven to be true. Note, I said "currently accepted". That is because, if we gain more knowledge in the future, our current understanding may be updated.*

Author — Walter


I think this is the oldest YouTube video I ever commented on. Still holds up with considerable value over a decade later.

Author — Brian Brewster


The reverse message thing in music cracks me up. If any of them could actually put hidden messages in their music to compel people to do stuff the message would be "buy our albums, buy our merchandise and see us live in concert we want money"

Author — Kula


"It has kind of a right-leaning bias." ROFL!

Author — honeychilerider


video was too short. That´s my only complaint.

Author — Arlindo Melo


So there I was, in the middle of a conspiracy theory video binge. Executive order 11110, the Fed and JFK, more specifically. Then, I remember Paul Wellstone, the MN Senator whose plane went down in 2002. I read a couple very interesting articles, then watch a YouTube video and in the recommendations below is a video titled “Why People Believe Weird Things.”

Author — Benjamin Carlson


Religious faith saves you thinking and promises 77 virgins in the afterlife, without mentioning the 77 mothers in law.

Author — Iain Rae


“Keep track of the misses, not just the hits.”
That’s the key to evaluating the “proof” of any theory.
For example, given enough tries, I could guess your weight, your sexual orientation, and probably even your name. I’m not psychic, there are just a limited number of possibilities, and (in this illustration) I have a lot of time. It’s like saying if you hold a playing card from a standard deck, I can guess what card you have in 52 tries or fewer.

Author — Gary Cooper


3:45 - Goodbye religion, you had a good run.

"Before we say something is out of this world, we should first make sure that it's not in this world." - Michael Shermer

Author — Tim Marrier


I once bowled a 900 series by counting only my strikes.

Author — villagelightsmith