SKEPTICISM 101: How to Think Like a Scientist
Michael Shermer Gives a Remote Lecture on Cults, Myths, and Religion that anyone can watch for free
Dr. Michael Shermer considers the characteristics of cults, how they differ from sects, religions, and myths, the role that myths and religions play in culture and people’s lives, and what Scientologists really believe.
Skepticism 101: How to Think Like a Scientist covers a wide range of topics, from critical thinking, reasoning, rationality, cognitive biases and how thinking goes wrong, and the scientific methods, to actual claims and whether or not there is any truth to them, e.g., ESP, ETIs, UFOs, astrology, channelling, psychics, creationism, Holocaust denial, and especially conspiracy theories and how to think about them.
If you missed the previous lectures, you can watch them in our Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center.