posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 04:58 PM
I usually view Michael Shermer as a paid debunker. I mean he does make a living off debunking things.
I mean his magazine is called Skeptic. He has a reputation to "live up to" and his Skeptics demand more skepticism.
See how this leads them into bias? They have no choice but to debunk, there is no room for saying "Well maybe this is true after all."
Then the magazine couldn't be called "skeptic" anymore. It would become "Unsure" and maybe even "Confused".
Point of the matter is, the guys credibility is lacking, because he has a horse in the race. He always has major forces pushing him to skepticism even
when it is unnecessary or out of context. And even absurd claims are made through debunking, and this bias creates tons of pitfalls.
About this lecture he gave. I thought it was alright. I know his intentions for spreading this information (to further his bias lifestyle), but still
most of the information is true to an extent.
I especially liked the part where he spoke about Type I and II mistakes, and I liked the dopamine discussions.
And I must say, those were some sexy Shoes he showed in that pic. Those shoes are almost certainly the most sexy shoes ever invented.
So, in conclusion. Michael Shermer you got lucky this time. But next time don't expect to get away this easily.
The joke about "Bush couldn't have done 911 because it worked" was actually pretty good although in Real Life that is a terrible way to debunk
But in the comedy world it works fine and was actually Really Funny. So props on the bad joke lol.