From People Like to be Fooled – interview by Peter Moon – translation by Michael Silva – just out in eSkeptic:
ÉPOCA: Why do people insist on believing that those allegations are true?
Shermer: Because mediums say they are true. All mediums, witchdoctors and saints have to say is that they have visions and can predict the future so that people will believe them. It’s part of human nature. We didn’t evolve to doubt or question. Developing a critical mind and having your own view of the world takes education, reflection and time. Having faith is much easier. People prefer to be deceived.