Announcements Skepticism/critical thinking

A friendly reminder

Don’t forget, everybody, that the 67th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is due to land at The Bronze Blog on Thursday, August 16. Bronze Dog will host. As you may know, Bronze Dog is the creator of a great list of “doggerel” commonly used by the credulous to defend pseudoscience or the paranormal. It’s up to 117 items as of this writing and is a great resource whenever you come across…well, doggerel directed at you to attack your use of skepticism and critical thinking.

The instructions for submitting to this week’s carnival are here. If you don’t know what blog carnivals or The Skeptics’ Circle is about, here’s an introduction. If you’re a blogger with a skeptical (not a pseudoskeptical) bent, please submit some of your work and show it off to like-minded readers.

As always, I’m still looking for hosts. I’d like to fill the remaining slots in 2007 soon if I can, and you can help. If you’re an aspiring Randi or Michael Shermer (or even Richard Dawkins) and would like a chance to strut your skeptical stuff, check out the schedule to see if there’s a date you can do it and the guidelines for hosts. Then drop me a line, and, assuming you’re not a mole for Deepak Chopra or Dr. Michael Egnor, I’ll work you into the schedule.

You won’t regret it.

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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