TED Talks: Michael Shermer on why people believe weird things & the pattern behind self-deception

An occasional post featuring talks by innovative thinkers, sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). This is what the internet is made for – to allow challenging ideas to escape from their academic ghettos and hang out in a place where they can talk to each other.

A double dose of Michael Shermer, founder of The Skeptics Society. In these talks from 2006 and 2010, he gives woo-woo, snake oil, and bad science the good kicking they so richly deserve.