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Michael Shermer to Give Talk on Skepticism as Part of Book Festival

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Menasha, WI -- Dr. Michael Shermer , founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, and executiveMichael Shermer director of the Skeptics Society, will give a reading and lecture called “Why People Believe Weird Things” on Thursday, April 14 at 12:05 p.m. in Room 1229 at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley on Midway Road in Menasha. Shermer appears as part of the regional Fox Cities Book Festival. Attendees should use the Barlow Planetarium entrance near the large dome.

A monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University, Dr. Shermer’s latest book is The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics. His last book was Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and he is the author of Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown, about how the mind works and how thinking goes wrong. His book The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Share Care, and Follow the Golden Rule, is on the evolutionary origins of morality and how to be good without God. He wrote a biography, In Darwin’s Shadow, about the life and science of the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. He also wrote The Borderlands of Science, about the fuzzy land between science and pseudoscience, and Denying History, on Holocaust denial and other forms of pseudo history. His book How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in God. He is also the author of Why People Believe Weird Things on pseudoscience, superstitions, and other confusions of our time.

According to the late Stephen Jay Gould (from his Foreword to Why People Believe Weird Things): “Michael Shermer, as head of one of America’s leading skeptic organizations, and as a powerful activist and essayist in the service of this operational form of reason, is an important figure in American public life.”

Dr. Shermer’s books will be available for purchase at his presentation.  He will be on hand to sign them at the conclusion of his talk.For more information and schedules regarding the 2011 Fox Cities Book Festival, go to www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org. For more information on events at UWFox, contact Jeff Kuepper, UWFox student activities director, at jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu or (920) 832-2671.


Posted 4/14/2011