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SKEPTIC 26.2: DRUG TRIPS & REALITY

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Here’s what you’ll find in the latest issue of Skeptic Magazine 26.2 (2021): DMT and the Nature of Reality: Are the Entities and Experiences of a DMT Drug Trip Real or Imagined? • Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, and Scientific Martyrdom • Lizard People, 5G and the Nashville Bomber • Why Weird Beliefs Are a Normal, Central, Almost Universal Aspect of Human Affairs • Astrology as a Spiritual Belief System • How Science Can Explain Ghosts and Haunted Houses • Trial, Error, and Success: How People Learn and Think • Twenty-five Fallacies in the Case for Christianity • Junior Skeptic: Cognitive Dissonance

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JUNIOR SKEPTIC # 79

Conspiracy Theories

We’ve investigated some very weird mysteries in the pages of Junior Skeptic. Today we’ll delve into the deepest, strangest mystery of them all: what’s happening inside our own brains! There are smart people today who believe that the Earth is flat, that they’ve been kidnapped by space aliens, or even that the deadly coronavirus pandemic is a hoax. How is it that so many people believe things that aren’t true, despite strong evidence that they’re wrong? Well, how is it that any of us decide what is true, or which sources to trust? How do our brains sometimes fool us into justifying our silliest beliefs and most hurtful behaviour? Let’s find out!

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EPISODE # 187

Robert Cialdini — Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

In this dialogue, based on the new edition of his highly acclaimed bestseller (over 5 million copies sold in over 40 languages), Robert Cialdini — New York Times bestselling author of Pre-Suasion and the seminal expert in the fields of influence and persuasion — explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these insights ethically in business and everyday settings. Shermer and Cialdini discuss: Cialdini’s Universal Principles of Influence and 7 Principles of Persuasion, pluralistic ignorance, free will/determinism, cults, conformity, #BLM, #metoo, antiracism, social justice, and human rights. How rational are humans? Do we default to truth and naturally believe what people tell us? Are we natural-born skeptics or natural-born sheep?

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