Here at Smithsonian, we’re big fans of the Amazing Randi, not least because he’s a fan of the magazine (he told us so). He’s a professional skeptic (in a good way) and has made a career out of debunking paranormals, faith healers and other frauds. In 1996, he founded the James Randi Educational Foundation to promote critical thinking.
The foundation now has its own YouTube channel, and the Amazing Randi himself is taking the opportunity to scold the general public—in his first of what might be a weekly videocast—on inaccuracies in language use. All I have to say to that is “thank you,” because this stuff drives me up the wall, too.
Do you have a YouTube channel you’d like to plug here? Well, if you’re a fan of the magazine and have “Amazing” in your name, you might have a case.
(Hat tip to JREF board member and Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait.)