Frasi di James Randi
Data di nascita: 7. Agosto 1928
James Randi, nato James Hamilton Randall Zwinge, col cognome poi modificato legalmente in Randi , è un illusionista e divulgatore scientifico canadese naturalizzato statunitense.
Conosciuto anche come The Amazing Randi , è un prestigiatore professionista, un razionalista e uno scettico, nonché un oppositore delle pseudoscienze.È noto in particolare per la One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, il premio di un milione di dollari messo in palio dalla sua fondazione, la James Randi Educational Foundation, che era disponibile per chiunque fosse stato in grado di mostrare, in condizioni scientificamente controllate e preventivamente concordate fra le parti, un qualsiasi fenomeno paranormale di qualunque tipo, o legato all'occultismo, oppure un miracolo. Nel 2015 il premio è stato cancellato, dopo che Randi si è ritirato dal suo incarico presso la James Randi Educational Foundation, e l'importo è stato destinato a donazioni per i gruppi no profit che promuovono il pensiero critico.
Randi è in questo senso una figura di spicco dello CSICOP , l'associazione americana a cui si è ispirato in Italia il CICAP.
È inoltre ospite regolare del programma televisivo intitolato Bullshit! , condotto dai noti razionalisti Penn & Teller. Wikipedia
Frasi James Randi
„Se più gente comprendesse il metodo scientifico sarebbe immune da questo tipo di credenze e superstizioni. Inoltre, credere a eventi soprannaturali è più facile e non richiede nessun lavoro e nessun tipo di sforzo. Bisogna essere curiosi, coraggiosi e sensibili per guardare a queste cose come sono veramente. Queste sono qualità difficili da trovare.“
„Sir, there is a distinct difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head from which your brain leaks out.“
Swift, 30 December 2005,. "McGill University Featuring Pseudoscience" http://web.archive.org/web/20110108172522/http://www.randi.org/jr/200512/123005museum.html#i8
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/living/17126222.htm April 24, 2007.
„To make sure that my blasphemy is thoroughly expressed, I hereby state my opinion that the notion of a god is a basic superstition, that there is no evidence for the existence of any god(s), that devils, demons, angels and saints are myths, that there is no life after death, heaven nor hell, that the Pope is a dangerous, bigoted, medieval dinosaur, and that the Holy Ghost is a comic-book character worthy of laughter and derision. I accuse the Christian god of murder by allowing the Holocaust to take place -- not to mention the "ethnic cleansing" presently being performed by Christians in our world -- and I condemn and vilify this mythical deity for encouraging racial prejudice and commanding the degradation of women.“
This comprehensive statement was arrived at by examining the statutes of those seven states that have remained in the Dark Ages, so that I might satisfy their definitions of blasphemy.
Skeptic Magazine, 1995 (Volume 3, No. 4) http://www.petting-zoo.net/~deadbeef/archive/383.html, stated in an unsuccessful effort to be officially charged with blasphemy http://www.celebatheists.com/?title=James_Randi.
„The conjuror or con man is a very good provider of information. He supplies lots of data, by inference or direct statement, but it's false data. Scientists aren't used to that scenario. An electron or a galaxy is not capricious, nor deceptive; but a human can be either or both.“
Swift, 2 September 2005, "Another New Fan" http://www.randi.org/jr/2006-10/100620sentient.html#i7
„Magicians are the most honest people in the world; they tell you they're gonna fool you, and then they do it.“
Documentary An honest liar http://www.transcriptsearch.com.es/id/MVMl36t2cLc
„… it's time for the opening lecture in Test Design 101: Consider: a woman claims to be a musician. You seat her at a piano and demand that she prove her claim. She cannot play the piano, and you conclude that her claim has been invalidated. Hardly. You see, the lady is a cellist….
You cannot challenge a claimant to do something they've never claimed they can do. That's why, at the JREF, we design a protocol only after the applicant has clearly stated (a) what they can do, (b) under what conditions, and (c) with what expected degree of success. And, the applicant must find the protocol appropriate, fair, agreeable, and adequate to prove their claim.“
Swift, 21 October 2005, "Good Intentions" http://www.randi.org/jr/200510/102105herbs.html#11; about testing paranormal claims.
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„I suggest that we might want to depose this incumbent God and start dealing with The Real World. He's proven — time and again — to be cruel, capricious, and vindictive. He drowns, crushes, burns, and starves millions of us every day. He created cancer, viruses, and germs to invade and destroy our bodies as He sees fit, and uses them very effectively. In His wisdom, He directed those in charge to impede stem cell research so that such a powerful approach would not be available to us and He wouldn't have to strain the Divine Intellect to disarm that defense. We amuse Him as we flail about vainly trying to appease Him. I vote that we dump Him.“
Swift, 2 September 2005, "Off-Subject But Necessary" http://www.randi.org/jr/200509/090205alley.html#2; in response to efforts to deflect Hurricane Katrina by prayer.
„Uri Geller may have psychic powers by means of which he can bend spoons; if so, he appears to be doing it the hard way.“
An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural http://www.randi.org/encyclopedia/Geller,%20Uri.html by James Randi
„There exists in society a very special class of persons that I have always referred to as the Believers. These are folks who have chosen to accept a certain religion, philosophy, theory, idea or notion and cling to that belief regardless of any evidence that might, for anyone else, bring it into doubt. They are the ones who encourage and support the fanatics and the frauds of any given age. No amount of evidence, no matter how strong, will bring them any enlightenment. They are the sheep who beg to be fleeced and butchered, and who will battle fiercely to preserve their right to be victimized… the U. S. Patent Office handles an endless succession of inventors who still produce perpetual-motion machines that don't work, but no number of idle flywheels will convince these zealots of their folly; dozens of these patent applications flow in every year. In ashrams all over the world, hopping devotees of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi will never abandon their goal of blissful levitation of their bodies by mind power, despite bruises and sprains aplenty suffered as they bounce about on gym mats like demented (though smiling) frogs, trying to get airborne. Absolutely nothing will discourage them.“
The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World's Most Famous Seer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mask_of_Nostradamus, p. 140–142.