Next week on February 6th, student have an opportunity to see nationally known speaker and supporter of scientific inquiry present as part of the UWEC forum series. Michael Shermer is the author of several books on how people form beliefs (rational and irrational), including most recently The Believing Brain: From Ghosts, Gods and Aliens to Conspiracies, Economics, and Politics--How the Brain Constructs Beliefs and Reinforces them as Truths. Shermer is a staunch advocate of the use of scientific reasonsing to answer life's most important questions, and I have used some of his videos before in class, including this one where he describes science as the best "baloney detection kit" around.
During our Psych Club meeting on Friday, I'll collect ticket money from anyone interested in attending and place a group order for tickets, which are AMAZINGLY CHEAP for students at $2 a piece ($8 for general public).
Shermer takes the stage at 7:30 PM for an hour-long lecture, followed by a 1/2 hour question and answer session. For a preview of what to expect, check out his TED Talk below. :)