Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Topic > The Believing Brain:
From Ghosts, Gods, and Aliens to Conspiracies, Economics, and Politics —
How the Brain Constructs Beliefs and Reinforces Them as Truths
Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and executive director of the Skeptics Society. He is the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University, and writes a monthly column for Scientific American.
In addition to his most recent book, The Believing Brain (2011), Shermer has written The Mind of the Market (2007), on evolutionary economics; Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design (2006); and Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown (2005). His book The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share, Care, and Follow the Golden Rule (2004) is on the evolutionary origins of morality and how to be good without God. He is also the author of Why People Believe Weird Things (2002), on pseudoscience, superstitions and other confusions of our time.
Shermer received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, his M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University (1991). He was a college professor for 20 years (1979–1998), teaching psychology, evolution and the history of science at Occidental College (1989–1998), California State University Los Angeles and Glendale College.
He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Oprah and other programs as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims. He has been interviewed in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel and The Learning Channel. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
$8 General Public
$6 UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4 UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission
A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception in The Dulany Inn of Davies Center. Cheesecake, fruit, cookies and beverages will be provided.
This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.
The University Bookstore will sell books for signing during the reception. Titles available include The Believing Brain, How We Believe, Why Darwin Matters, Why People Believe Weird Things, The Mind of the Market, Science Friction and The Science of Good and Evil.
The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.