Here’s a trailer for an upcoming documentary, which is still in the works, on the life of well known skeptic James Randi. They were actually filming this when I was at The Amazing Meeting last year.
What can I say about Randi that hasn’t already been said? He’s been a giant in the skeptic movement, and over the years he has been personally responsible for toppling many scam artists and exposing charlatans around the world. Now in his 80’s, he’s still a dynamo who is always out there advancing the cause of empirical skepticism.
I’ve disagreed with Randi on many occasions. However, he has still been one of the most important mentors I have had in becoming an activist for good science and skepticism. Randi’s most striking feature is that, despite his status, he is never too busy to provide some personal guidance or help to any aspiring skeptic. He’s easily approachable and has endless enthusiasm for helping others get involved in the cause.
There is no doubt that Mr. Randi is largely responsible for the recent explosion of skepticism and expansion of skeptical advocacy to include those who had not previously been heavily involved. For many years, one of the biggest problems with skepticism is that it has been limited primarily to older white male academics. Randi, with his charisma, showmanship and understanding of the importance of inclusion, has helped transform it into a movement which now includes more young people and a greater diversity of gender, race and background than ever before.
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