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The Believing Brain lecture
at the University of Melbourne

broadcast September 2011 | Comments Off

In this talk (recorded at the Copland Theatre, University of Melbourne on 19 September 2011) Dr. Michael Shermer presents his comprehensive and provocative theory on how humans form beliefs and reinforce them as truths. He answers the questions of how and why we believe what we do in all aspects of our lives, from our suspicions and superstitions to our politics, economics and social beliefs.

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“You’ve Got…” on AOL

broadcast September 2011 | Comments Off

Skeptic magazine editor Michael Shermer discusses why people are often duped…

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The Way of the Mister, Vol. 1: Reparative Therapy

broadcast September 2011 | Comments Off

This is the first of what will be a series of videos on differing topics. “The Way of the Mister” videos continue the ethos of the Mr. Deity worldview, but branch out in ways that would not work within the the Deity cosmography or with the Deity characters. It is the cast’s desire to do more videos like this, and the ideas are pouring out of Brian Dalton. But many of them require bigger budgets than they currently have and they’re hoping to rectify that with a non-profit organization which will focus on this broader mission — to educate with humor and satire.

Michael Shermer has a short cameo in this episode.

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34 Answers About Belief

broadcast August 2011 | Comments Off

In this YouTube video series for, Michael Shermer answers 34 questions about belief and rationality. is an education-based website revolving around original video content filmed in Santa Monica, CA. The site aims to help people learn how to do anything and everything.

Among the 34 videos, you’ll find:

Below is the second of the 34 videos. The entire series (total running time: 50 min. 32 seconds) can be viewed as a playlist on YouTube.

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Mr. Deity and the Believing Brain

broadcast August 2011 | Comments Off

Mr. Deity seeks help from Michael Shermer to make his creatures more gullible.

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