Skepticism/critical thinking

From the depths of the Midwest, I call all skeptics!

Even though I’m on vacation, I would be remiss if I didn’t post a reminder to all skeptics and skeptical bloggers out there that the latest edition of the Skeptics’ Circle is due to be posted this Thursday. It’s being hosted by Joseph at Immunoblogging (although he tells me by e-mail that he may use this carnival as a kickoff to a new blog that he is working on, which would be cool if he pulls it off; you may notice that there hasn’t been a post on his present blog in three months–either way, I’ll post the link here on Thursday, as always). In any case, it’s not too late to submit examples of your best skeptical blogging to him at [email protected] by Wednesday, and join him for the latest edition of the Circle on Thursday (give or take, since he’s in New Zealand and the time difference may mean that the Circle appears only somewhere in the vicinity of Thursday).

As for me, I’m due to be back in the vicinity of my house later this week, and regular blogging will resume then. There is one issue that popped up not long after I left on vacation and has beenbugging me enough to motivate me to post about it tomorrow or Wednesday (when I’ll be at a hotel with wireless access); so be sure to check back. And, in the meantime, I hope you’ve been enjoying this trip down memory lane with my reposting of multiple examples of “Classic” Insolence from the old blog. There’s still more to come. Believe it or not, there’s still plenty left for me to repost during the week between Christmas and New Years, the next time I plan on taking a blog break for vacation.

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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