Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Michael Shermer on “Why People Believe Weird Things”

Fremont, CA—Michael Shermer is THE genuine myth buster, a relentless crusader against superstition, and pseudoscience. In this presentation, he shares his investigations into paranormal claims, superstitions, urban legends, and other unexplained phenomena and explains what makes people believe in them.

He answers mind boggling questions such as:

  • Is ESP real?
  • Does “alternative” medicine really work?
  • What causes mass delusions?
  • What’s up with UFO sightings?
  • Why are people so gullible?
  • What’s the evidence for Near-Death Experiences, Alien Abductions, Recovered Memories, Creationism, Holocaust Denial, Race, or God?

He is known for debunking myths such as the dousing rod for detecting marijuana hidden in school lockers. “Does it work?” he asks, “Yes, if you open enough lockers!” or Ouija boards. “It turns out that anybody can talk to the dead…it’s getting the dead to talk back that is the hard part.”

Based on his bestselling book Why People Believe Weird Things, psychologist Michael Shermer applies scientific reason to these and many other questions in a witty talk that has been described as a no-holds-barred attack on the pseudoscience and nonsense of our day.

Dr. Shermer is the author of numerous books, articles, editorials, and reviews, and hosted Exploring the Unknown, a 13-hour television documentary on the Fox Family Channel. He has also appeared on The Colbert Report, Oprah, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, and many other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims.

With a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Claremont Graduate School, an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from CSU Fullerton, and a B.A. in Psychology/Biology from Pepperdine University, Michael Shermer will share his insights on “Why People Believe Weird Things” on Friday, March 6th at 7 pm in the Smith Center.

For tickets call 510.659.6031 or visit

Michael Shermer is available for interviews prior to the event. Please call 510.979.7581 or email for more information.


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