Upcoming film: James Randi – An Honest Liar (Updated)

An Honest Liar

A new film about the life of James “The Amazing” Randi, one of the most recognized and well-known skeptics in the world today.

An Honest Liar profiles the life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s beloved psychics, mentalists, preachers, and faith healers with religious fervor. Along the way, the film will show how easily our perceptions can be fooled – by magicians, con artists, and even documentaries.

An Honest Liar – Work-in-Progress trailer from Justin Weinstein on Vimeo.

Tip: @SkepticZone on Twitter

Going by previous posts, we sort of expect to get comments on this from those who do not like Mr. Randi. [Warning: Personal attacks will be deleted.]

While some outspoken commentators may not like him, he is an influential figure who has done a great deal in exposing frauds and false claims. By casting due criticism onto the paranormal field, he continues to influence the public and the media. He continues to promote critical thinking through the JREF today. This legacy has garnered respect and gratitude from many.

UPDATE: (18-Feb-2012) The Token Skeptic interview with the people behind the film.

  4 comments for “Upcoming film: James Randi – An Honest Liar (Updated)

  1. Massachusetts
    February 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    First, I want to say that it does sound like an interesting film and I intend to see it.

    However, I briefly corresponded with Randi in the 1990s, since I had a question about Chinese medicine, but unfortunately found him to be rather rude and unfair to me. He even mocked the spelling in one of my e-mails (I shockingly made a typo–outrageous!), which seemed rather unnecessary and irrelevant to the subject at hand, and rather mean-spirited as well. I was very disappointed and stopped researching skepticism for quite a long time.

    Ironically, I wasn’t even advocating a contrary or anti-science position on the issue. I had simply asked him to recommend sources of information so I could learn more, since his site had a position that seemed contrary to a Medical Association’s position.

    I hope that this doesn’t constitute a personal attack, since it’s not intended as such, but I do hope it will be a small reminder to skeptics everywhere that professionalism and politeness go a long way and will win people over to your side rather than rudeness, which will push people away.

  2. Massachusetts
    February 16, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    PS – Clearly Randi has made significant contributions to the field, and should be recognized for these achievements. I think everyone should study critical thinking and try to incorporate it in their daily lives. I believe schools should make it a priority. His heart and mind are clearly in the right place, in the long term. Society benefits from promoting critical thinking and healthy skepticism, for sure.

  3. George Wickenson
    March 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I had a similar experience. In the mid 1980s, when email was around but before the web, I asked Randi a question about psychic phenomena because his insistence that there was nothing to it seemed contrary to scientific articles I had read. I was writing from my university address, which apparently upset him, so he replied (via a typewritten letter that I still have) that if he ever met me in person he would punch me in the nose! I would have expected that sort of crude response from an angry bully, but not from a supposed crusader of the truth. I lost all interest in Randi’s form of belligerent skepticism from that encounter, and everything I’ve seen since has confirmed my original sentiment.

  4. puggles
    March 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Maybe y’all shouldn’t waste his time, ya big ol’ nerds!

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