The 31st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle

Yes, it’s that time again, time for the most dedicated skeptics of the blogosphere to gather once again to try to apply critical thinking in an environment where credulity is usually the order of the day, and dubious stories can proliferate and spread around the world in mere hours. This time, Abel Pharmboy is your host for the 31st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle over at Terra Sigillata. It’s his first attempt in his young blogging career at hosting a blog carnival, and he’s done himself proud, with an invocation and everything. Go check it out!

Next up is Matt (a.k.a. The Pooflinger) on April 13. Matt has hosted once before and produced what was without a doubt one of the most creative takes on the Skeptics’ Circle of all, envisioning it as a Shakespearean play. I can’t wait to see what he does with it this time around, although, given Matt’s hints by e-mail of what he might do (questions, actually, that hint at his intent), Orac may have reason to be a little nervous (if a box of blinking lights can be nervous). In the meantime, though, as always, Matt (and I) need your contributions to produce the raw material needed for yet another great Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle.

Finally, as always, I’m putting out a call for skeptical bloggers to host and continue the tradition of hosting the finest skeptical blogging. There’s one slot open in August, and after that it’s not until October. (Yes, I can’t believe it either, but I’m happy about it.) If you want to get in on the action before the fall, drop me a line at [email protected]. The schedule and guidelines can be found here.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]


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