Skepticism/critical thinking

The 45th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: The voice of skepticism

I’m afraid that I have been a bit remiss in my duties as the coordinator of the Skeptic’s Circle. You see, today was a travel day, and I was heading to Chicago on business. Unfortunately, the Skeptics’ Circle link was not posted very early this morning before I left (probably due to the fact that it was even earlier in California, the abode of our current host, The Innoculated Mind. But it’s worth the wait. You see, this edition’s host, Karl Mogel, has done something that’s never been done with the Circle before. He’s put together the first combined Skeptics’ Circle/podcast with the 45th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle.

Consider it your opportunity not only to read but to hear the voice of skepticism.

Next up is Kevin Leitch over at Left Brain/Right Brain, who will be hosting in two weeks, on October 26. Kevin is an even more dedicated skeptic than I am when it comes to autism quackery and woo (for example, see here and here); so start formulating some skeptical blog posts for him and join us back here in two weeks.

And, as always, if you’re interested in hosting your very own meeting of the Circle, drop me a line at [email protected]

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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