James Randi

It’s not often I spend a weekend with people happily clapping and speaking in awed tones about a venerable dude. But I overcame my fears of group thinking and circle jerking to go to the Australian Skeptics National Convention, featuring James ’The Amazing’ Randi.

Some friends of mine were pretty sceptical about the skeptics. Why, they wondered, would people be so overly eager to run around and interfere with other people’s lives and beliefs?

They have a point. There is such a thing as skepticfreude, the glee of ruining the fun of others, of punching holes in their treasured rituals and treatments. We (oh, OK, I) can be just a tad righteous.

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  • acotrel says:

    07:00pm | 04/12/12

    @Alex I am not interested in religion except that I strongly oppose authoritarianism. Does that mean I am an ‘atheist’ ? Read more »

  • acotrel says:

    06:55pm | 04/12/12

    @R T Choice’ ’ wonder why an ‘expat’ if indeed he/she really is an expat would be having a problem with the carbon tax,’ Always the same answer to that one. -  It depends on which political team you barrack for. Read more »


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