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Michael Shermer. Anything that asks you to deny demonstrable fact, to force yourself into ignorance, to accept a lie in place of truth, is not a smart move. No wonder violence, crime, neglect, and abuse are so often correlated with religious fervor. The very basis of religious indoctrination, of faith, is forcing a person to deny what is natural, truthful, and human.


The pattern behind self-deception - Michael Shermer - I like this TED Talk, but what I don't like is how often he is vulnerable to type 2 errors in debates or articles he has featured in. 9:35 is a good spot. "If you make too many type 2 errors, you miss the real connections."

3 Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video, images and music, professional skeptic Michael Shermer explores these and other phenomena, including UFOs and alien sightings. He offers cognitive context: In the absence of sound science, incomplete information...


Self-Deceptive Patterns

from Brain Pickings

The Baloney Detection Kit: A 10-Point Checklist for Science Literacy

The Baloney Detection Kit from Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science via