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This was recoded in 2015 in front of a live audience.
An estimated 95% of Americans believe in some kind of woo
The human mind is conducive to woo
This course is NOT about debunking claims of specific forms of woo
This course IS about the psychological reasons for why we believe in woo
Two reasons for belief: 1) the evidence supports the belief and 2) everything else
Woo is concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism; other than rational or scientific; mysterious, "new agey"
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of the following questions in the discussion section below:
What was the most important thing you learned in this lesson?
What question do you have about this lesson?
How would you sum up this lesson in one sentence?
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This assignment is for students with the instructor-evaluated course option.
Is there anything that you believe that may be classified as "woo"? What is it? Do you think it is woo? Why or why not?
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