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Why people all around the world believe weird things and fall for hoaxes In his book entitled Why People Believe Weird Things Pseudoscience Superstition and other Confusions of Our Time M Sherman explains why people believe weird things as mentioned in the title of the book According to him most people who believe weird things and fall for hoaxes are normal human beings The reason for credulity is thinking which has gone wrong in some way In his book there are four main and general mistakes or problems making people believe weird things or fall for hoaxes These are problems in pseudoscientific psychological scientific and logical thinking In the light of Shermans book I would explain that people believe weird things and fall for hoaxes because of the problems in thinking One of the thinking problems is psychological problems in thinking as mentioned in Shermans book In this category he describes a very important example of psychological problems is the need for certainty Briefly he tells that in most events most people need certain answers At that point I would say that most people need some answers and want to be sure about their environments Therefore they can believe weird things and fall for hoaxes as a result of needing an explanation even if it is very simple or weird Take the case of Kevin Connollys article entitled A Moving Tale from County Cork He tells a story about the statue of the Virgin Mary at Ballinspittle and the people who believe that the monument is moving At first a person or group of people claimed that the statue is moving At that point people who looked for an answer for the question which is did it really move They believed that statue was moving as a need for certainty because people do not want to be a position that they do not know anything about an important event for them Therefore they could not
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