Announcements Skepticism/critical thinking

It’s almost that time again: The Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching!

Speaking of skepticism and critical thinking, recall that I mentioned earlier today that I had been interviewed for The Skeptics’ Guide for the Universe. Despite branching out into a different medium, rest assured that I haven’t forgotten about my primary responsibility, blogging. Nor have I forgotten that the latest edition of the blog carnival that’s been entrusted to me, The Skeptics’ Circle, is fast approaching. In fact, it’s less than four days away and due to land on Thursday, July 5!

That means that you–yes, you! (if you’re a blogger, that is)–have only three days to submit your best skeptical blogging from the last fortnight to this week’s host steppen wolf over at the skeptical alchemist. Contact and deadline information for submissions can be found here, and guidelines for what we’re looking for are here. Don’t let steppen wolf (or me) down. Give ’til it hurts (give us your best skepticism, that is).

Finally, as always, I’m still looking for blogs to host the Circle. We’re good through the summer, but come fall there are some empty slots, and I want to fill them with hosts who will continue the tradition started by the founder of the Circle (St. Nate) two and a half years ago and (hopefully) continued by me. Established bloggers, new bloggers, bloggers who’ve hosted a Circle before, bloggers who’ve never hosted, I’m looking for them all. The only requirements are (1) a desire to apply skepticism, reason, and the scientific method to various dubious claims; (2) that your blog deal with skeptical and/or scientific topics on a semiregular basis; and (3) that it’s not a pseudoskeptical blog in which credulity towards pseudoscience or the paranormal masquerades as “skepticism” towards the status quo. So, if you think you have what it takes, peruse the schedule and archives plus the guidelines for hosts, and 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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