Friday, June 18, 2010

Why do We Believe?

Why do we so easily believe in ghosts, crazy conspiracy theories, flying saucers and many other myths and superstitions?
In the video below, Michael Shermer talks about the evolutionary mechanisms that might have made us that way. He explains how being pattern seeking animals makes us find meaning where there is none. He shows how feelings of lack of control leads to superstition and how the neurology of pattern seeking works. It is worth watching!

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