Skepticism/critical thinking

Be afraid, be very afraid: Orac is interviewed

I often joke that Orac is my alter-ego, regardless of how effective or ineffective the pseudonym is at protecting my “true” identity. I also, with some justification, joke that I’m a lot less interesting in person than I am on the blog as a means of inoculating people that I meet who know me only through my blog from serious disappointment at the man behind the curtain. This has led to a reluctance on my part to accept requests to be interviewed–until now.

When Steve Novella, President of the New England Skeptics’ Society and the driving force behind my favorite skeptical podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe asked me if I’d be interviewed, I warned him that, although I’m fortunate enough to have a face perfect for radio, I also have a voice perfect for writing and blogging. When Steve would not relent, I decided to give it a whirl, and the results have finally appeared, a week and a half after the interview. I haven’t had a chance to give it a listen yet (I’m sure I’ll cringe at the sound of my own voice), and I don’t know what parts of the interview Steve decided to keep, but you can either download it here directly or get it from iTunes (Episode #101) and listen for yourself. Sadly, Rebecca Watson, a.k.a. the Skepchick, wasn’t there.

While you’re at it, listen to some of the older podcasts. If you do, I bet you’ll become hooked and subscribe to The Skeptics’ Guide as well.

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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