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Approaching fast: The Skeptics’ Circle

Time flies, and it flies really fast. Once again, that blog carnival of lucid critical thinking, the Skeptics’ Circle, is almost upon us. It’s scheduled to appear on Thursday, March 29 at the blog of fellow ScienceBlogger Martin at Aardvarchaelogy. Martin hosted the Circle a while back, before he joined the ScienceBlogs collective, and did a fine job. So, if you’re a blogger with an interest in skepticism and critical thinking, send Martin your best work by Wednesday, and then come back here on Thursday to enjoy the fruit of his (and your) labors!

Finally, as always, if you think you have what it takes to host. If you want to follow in the footsteps of The Amazing Randi or Michael Shermer (or at least want to feel as though you are), think about signing up to host a future Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. The schedule and archives are here, and guidelines for hosting are here. It’s been most gratifying that two of my favorite skeptics, Rebecca Watson (the Skepchick) and Steve Novella, have agreed to host on May 24 and July 19, respectively. Steve is the President of the New England Skeptical Society, and Rebecca, besides running a hell of a blog, is responsible for the Skepchick and Skepdude calendars. Both appear on my favorite weekly skeptical podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, which, if you aren’t already a fan, you should check out forthwith. (Hmmm. Maybe with Rebecca and Steve agreeing to host, the peer pressure will get Phil Plait to finally agree to host a Circle.)

Yes, between promising new bloggers and the return of old stalwarts who’ve done bang-up jobs of hosting in the past (such as The Pooflinger and Martin), coupled with a little star power, the Skeptics’ Circle is poised to reach new heights, and you can be a part of it!

What are you waiting for?

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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