Leading skeptic, bestselling author Dr. Michael Shermer to speak at BHSU

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Categories: 2016

The Black Hills State University Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series will host bestselling author and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, Dr. Michael Shermer, Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room on the BHSU campus. Photo credit: Jeremy Danger

From crop circles to global warming, from conspiracy theories to out-of-body experiences, Dr. Michael Shermer is ready to question the status quo.

Shermer will speak at Black Hills State University on the topic "Why People Believe Weird Things" Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m., in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The presentation is free and open to the public as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.

Using a unique blend of scientific prowess, sarcasm, and wit, Shermer examines revolutionary ideas and extraordinary claims. Millions have viewed Shermer's two TED talks, "Why People Believe Weird Things" and "The Pattern Behind Self-Deception" both having been voted in the top 100 of more than 10,000 TED talks.

As founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, professors and teachers, Shermer promotes "a sound scientific viewpoint."

"I hope the audience comes away with a deeper understanding of how science applies to all areas, including and especially medicine and public health, and how to deal with pseudo-skeptics of fluoridation and other science-based medicine and public health measures," said Shermer.

Shermer is noted for his monthly columns in Scientific American and is the author of several books including "Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye," "The Moral Arc," and "The Believing Brain." He says science and reason have led society toward moral progress, using advancements in fighting disease and improvement in equality as two examples.

The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at BHSU was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna.

The speaker series was initiated at BHSU in 1987, with an address by former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. Other Madeline Young Speakers have included: Terry Waite, former hostage, hostage negotiator and envoy for England's Archbishop of Canterbury Felix Justice and Danny Glover, actors Sam Donaldson, television broadcaster Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner Lech Walesa, former Polish president Annabelle Gurwitch, host of a national reality show that encourages green living Alexandra Fuller, author of "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant" and Vinny Guadagnino from MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore."

For more information or details, email Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu or call 642-6228.
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