Another excellent TED talk by Michael Shermer, founder and publisher of the Skeptic Magazine and author of “Why People Believe Weird Things” and “The Mind of the Market“. Shermer’s main argument is that…

Belief is natural. Disbelief, skepticism, science, is not natural. It’s more difficult. It’s uncomfortable to not believe things. So like Fox Mulder on “X-Files,” who wants to believe in UFOs? Well, we all do. And the reason for that is because we have a belief engine in our brains. Essentially, we are pattern-seeking primates.

Shermer explains why and how we impose patterns to things and how these patterns serve as a bias for new information – issues that are particularly important for cognitive and behavioral economics.

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