Friday 28th October, 2011
4:15pm to 5:45pm
Stuart Vyse: Why Do People Believe These Things?
Why does a species of such great intelligence and achievement so often fall for implausible paranormal beliefs and superstitions? Why is there so little evidence of progress towards greater reason and scientific thinking? Stuart Vyse will review the latest findings in the psychology of belief in an effort to provide an explanation for this great paradox of modern life.
Joe Nickell: Louisiana Folklore And Fakelore
Joe Nickell tracks such fabled entities as ghosts, voodoo loas, the loup-garou (or Cajun werewolf), the Honey Island Swamp Monster, and the Big Easy’s vampire Lestat and friends. Investigating in the field, Nickell separates the genuine folk traditions from the fake.
Prof of Psychology @ Connecticut College, author Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition & Going Broke: Why Americans Can't Hold On To Their Money bio from Twitter
Official Twitter acct of Joe Nickell, Ph.D. Former magician, private eye, uni teacher; author & world's only full-time professional paranormal investigator. bio from Twitter
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