Michael Shermer on Deities for Atheists, Skygods for Skeptics: UFOs & ETIs
Dr. Michael Shermer distinguishes between two questions: (1) Are extraterrestrial intelligences (ETIs) out there somewhere in the cosmos? and (2) Have aliens come here? Evidence for both questions is considered in the larger context of why the issue so compels us to answer it almost religiously.
This lecture is part of a course that Dr. Shermer teaches at Chapman University called Skepticism 101: How to Think Like a Scientist which 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.
SKEPTIC MAGAZINE BACK ISSUES MENTIONED IN THIS LECTURE
Skeptic 9.3 — A.I. and Theology of UFOs
Skeptic 10.1 — Roswell Requiem
Skeptic 11.1 — Medieval UFOs?
Skeptic 16.4 — The Man Who Invented Flying Saucers
Skeptic 18.4 — Ancient Aliens
UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens: What Science Says
Junior Skeptic 37: Busted Myths
Junior Skeptic 57: Space Brothers from Venus
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