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The 46th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: On a mission from God

The Skeptics’ Circle has been hosted in many places and in many forms, but leave it to Kev at Left Brain/Right Brain to bring it to the one place that it’s been hosted before.

We’re talking Heaven, people.

Naturally, the assembled skeptics were a bit disconcerted by this particular venue, as amusingly recounted by Kev:

It was one of the greatest moments of my life. Persuading a bunch of Skeptics’ to affirm their belief in the blood of Jesus in order to attend a conference in Heaven. Admittedly, they didn’t look very happy about it, but it worked. Skeptics’ in Heaven. Marvellous.

Once the assembled Skeptics’ had recovered from the shock of being in a place they didn’t believe existed (I explained that Chaos Theory would probably throw up a new type of science at some unspecified point in time called Paradox Theory in which events like this would be commonplace) we settled down to business.

Honestly, the whole thing reads like Douglass Adams. That is, of course, a compliment.

So join Kev and crew for the 46th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. Maybe there is hope for us after all. For all you know, we may still be up there…or wherever.

Next up is Thursday at Polite Company, who will be hosting the 47th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle on November 9. I don’t envy the task of following a trip to Heaven. In order to help, though, bloggers, I encourage you to start getting your skeptical entries started and be ready to submit them to the Circle.

Finally, as always, if you–yes, you!–think you have what it takes to host a meeting of the Circle, if you think you might be a budding Amazing Randi or just want to think if you can be, take a look at the schedule and guidelines for hosting, and then 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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