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The 49th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: The Medium is revealed

Those of you who have been kind enough to submit your skeptical blogging to this week’s edition of the Skeptics’ Circle may have been puzzled by the replies you received. It appears that DoC relied upon a certain medium to transmit the entries telepathically or by distant reading to DoC.

Well, now that the Circle is here, it would appear that DoC is AWOL. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon your point of view), the Medium has taken a hand and channeled the entries to a certain very famous deceased skeptic named Harry, who is as we speak transmitting them from the other side to Autism Street for your edification. (Be sure to watch the brief introductory video!)

Next up to host is Humbug! Online, who’s scheduled to take this thing over on December 21, 2006, just in time for the Holidays. And what are the Holidays without a little skepticism? Oh, wait, that’s right. The Holidays are the very antithesis of skepticism. Never mind. I guess that must means that skepticism is needed this time of year more than usual; so, if you’re a blogger interested in science, skepticism, and critical thinking, get cracking and send your work to Humbug! Online by December 20! Guidelines for what we’re looking for can be found here.

And, as always, if you’re interested in hosting a meeting yourself sometime, drop me a line at [email protected]. The schedule and guidelines for hosts can be found at the Skeptics’ Circle archive site.

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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