Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Skeptic's Lament

James Randi has begun a new column for Wired, with a debut entitled "America, The Beautiful (And Nutty: A Skeptic's Lament."  In it, he lays out a statement of his personal convictions, all of which he was written and spoken about extensively for decades, and will no doubt touch on again in future columns:

  • Those very popular mythical beasties — ESP, psychokinesis, prophecy, etc. — don’t exist.
  • Homeopathy is a dangerous farce.
  • Faith-healing is a deadly joke.
  • Perpetual motion is a juvenile dream.
  • Uri Geller is a 4-trick magician.
  • The dead don’t talk to anyone.
  • Religion is an ancient notion we need to get over.