In his new lecture James Randi examines the new monsters brought forth to victimize a credulous public, worldwide. In this hour-long talk, he discusses the major causes of modern irrationality, such as the rise of sensationalist journalism and the decline of responsible investigative reportage; the origins of "complimentary/alternative medicine" and the means by which it edges ever closer to acceptability; and how the outrageous claims of religions and their leaders encourage the public to accept the outrageous claims of secular hucksters.
These forces of irrationality mean to drag us into a new Dark Ages -- and to the extent that religious demogoguery, superstition, and magical thinking succeed in our world, The Enlightenment has failed. Only when we decide to reject belief in demons, gods, prophecy, eternal life and similar nonsense, can we fulfill our historic responsibility and ensure that The Enlightenment and its values endure.
-- About James Randi:
James Randi is a former stage magician, author and probably the world's most prominent skeptic.
Randi is perhaps best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience and the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). The JREF sponsors The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US $1,000,000 to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event, under test conditions agreed to by both parties.
Randi investigates paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, collectively known as woo-woo. He has written extensivly about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic.