James Randi on Leaving Behind a Legacy

James Randi, the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation and magician extraordinaire, filmed a segment for Chris Johnson‘s multimedia book about atheists and what gives them joy and meaning in life.

In the segment below, Randi talks about leaving behind a legacy for the future:

(via The Atheist Book)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Annie

    I remember, as a young child, lying in bed and wondering to myself, ‘After I die, what happens forever and ever and ever…?’  I was raised Catholic, but could never picture myself in either heaven or hell.  I needed a sense of finality, some sort of closure. .. to know that my life would indeed end.  The idea of an afterlife has never been a pleasing thought to me.  This is not why I am an atheist, but rather one of the perks.  I am living the fullest and most rewarding life I can, and like Randi, I too hope to leave behind something.   It is not so important to me that I am remembered, but rather that I helped other people in some way.

  • Ian Reide

    A biography/autobiography would not be a half bad idea.

    • beetlerace

      Can’t wait for An Honest Liar!!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Epic eyebrows :)

    • The Other Weirdo

       Beard of awesome!

  • JustWondering

    But for most people, there will be no legacy, and they will be totally forgotten in a 100 years or so…and probably much less in the vast majority of cases.

    • The Other Weirdo

       I’m OK with that.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Randi’s book Flim Flam is a classic of 20th century skepticism.