The pattern behind self-deception
By MICHAEL SHERMER - TED
Updated: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:43:36 UTC
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble.
TED2010, Filmed Feb 2010; posted June 2010
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