Skepticism/critical thinking

The 47th Meeting of the Skeptics Circle: Circle of Heroes!

Holy Reiki, Batman! This month’s Skeptics Circle, hosted by Polite Company, has landed, and it’s a doozy. In fact, it’s a Circle of Heroes:

Observe the Skeptic:

often battle-hardened by years of living in a world gone mad with magical thinking and spurious logic;

frequently alone in the fight against codified irrationality;

forced to search far and wide for another candle in the darkness, hoping that one day enough candles together can create the flames of a new renaissance;

I like it.

Next up is someone who’s hosted before, Jim Anderson at Decorabilia. Please note that, due to the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., the next edition of the Skeptics’ Circle will appear one day early, on Wednesday, November 22. (I figured that most people would probably prefer to be stuffing themselves with turkey and watching football than surfing the ‘net.) The guidelines for posts are here.

And, as always, if you’re interested in hosting, drop me a line at [email protected]. (You don’t have to be a superhero to host, but it probably helps.)

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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