A Useful Life and Science Advocate Dies:

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  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    James Randi, a MacArthur award-winning magician who turned his formidable savvy to investigating claims of spoon bending, mind reading, fortunetelling, ghost whispering, water dowsing, faith healing, U.F.O. spotting and sundry varieties of bamboozlement, bunco, chicanery, flimflam, flummery, humbuggery, mountebankery, pettifoggery and out-and-out quacksalvery, as he quite often saw fit to call them, died on Tuesday at his home in Plantation, Fla. He was 92.

    His death was announced by the James Randi Educational Foundation.

    At once elfin and Mephistophelian, with a bushy white beard and piercing eyes, Mr. Randi — known professionally as the Amazing Randi — was a father of the modern skeptical movement. Much as the biologist and author Thomas Henry Huxley had done in the late 19th century (though with markedly more pizazz), he made it his mission to bring the world of scientific rationalism to laypeople.

    What roiled his blood, and was the driving impetus of his existence, Mr. Randi often said, was pseudoscience, in all its immoral irrationality.

    “People who are stealing money from the public, cheating them and misinforming them — that’s the kind of thing that I’ve been fighting all my life,” he said in the 2014 documentary “An Honest Liar,” directed by Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein. “Magicians are the most honest people in the world: They tell you they’re going to fool you, and then they do it.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/obituaries/james-randi-dead.html
     
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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Randi was one of the people who helped me to learn how to think skeptically. His influence and contributions in the skeptical community can't be overstated. Yet he was always humble about it.

    Vale Randi.
     
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  5. POVphysics2 Registered Member

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    Bet he's a ghost now.
     
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  8. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    I remember reading about the great Houdini, telling his Mrs on his death bed, that he would vow to return if there was any afterlife at all.
    We're still waiting as far as I know.

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