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Lesson Introduction

In this lesson, we

demonstrate that woo is very common
discuss the limits of this course
discuss hew we can view belief in very simple terms
define woo

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Lesson Key Points

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"
Woo is on a spectrum

Lesson Assignments

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Assignment #2:

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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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    From the Course:
    Psychology of Woo: Why Your Brain Favors Mysticism and Magic Over Rationalism and Reality
    Bo Bennett, PhD

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    #2: Indicators of Woo
    #3: 7 Reasons
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    1) Something either falls into the category of woo, or it doesn't.
    a) true
    b) false
    2) In this course, we set out to prove that all woo-like claims are false.
    a) true
    b) false
    3) This course IS about
    a) how astrology fools people
    b) how all religions are a sham
    c) the psychological reasons for why we believe in woo
    d) the mating rituals of African farm ants
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