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22 Oct 2020 - Death of a skeptical icon

We were deeply saddened today to learn of the death of James Randi at the age of 92. Randi was a man of many talents and while he was best known in his younger years as a magician and escapologist, for most of his life he has been a renowned skeptic, challenging charlatans and alternative medicine practitioners who spent their days scamming vulnerable people.

We were privileged to host Randi at an event in October 2004 in conjunction with the RDS and the Irish Times. He spoke to the topic of Science and pseudoscience in the new millennium. At 76 he held the audience spell bound for almost three hours, punctuating his comments with demonstrations of magic and vintage film of his early escapades.

After the event, we adjourned to the coffee dock in the Burlington Hotel. He was hungry and really needed a burger! Over the course of his meal he mesmerised us and the delighted staff with some amazing close up magic. He was great fun and fizzing with energy.

Randi was a hugely concerned and dedicated man who hated to see people taken advantage of. He spent his life in the promotion of science, critical thinking and in encouraging others to challenge extraordinary claims and callous duplicity. He inspired us all and will be sorely missed.

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Introduction

The Irish Skeptics Society was founded in December 2002 by a group passionate about science and disgruntled at the proliferation of pseudoscience and nonsense. To promote science and critical thinking we host regular lectures at which prominent speakers from a wide range of backgrounds present on a chosen topic after which there is a question and answer session and lively debate.

Past speakers include: James Randi, Matt Ridley, Emma Teeling, Massimo Pigliucci, John Crown, Nora Khalid, David McConnell, David McWilliams, Síle Lane, Kevin Mitchell, Ben Goldacre, Evelyn Cusack, Aoife McLysaght, Brian Hughes and Fintan O’Toole. A complete list of speakers and topics addressed can be seen on our events page.

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The enlightenment is under threat. So is reason. So is truth. So is science. I am one of those scientists who feel that it is no longer enough just to get on and do science. We have to devote a significant proportion of our time and resources to defending it from deliberate attack from organized ignorance.

- Richard Dawkins

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