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The 67th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: The Giant Robot Edition


As intelligent and powerful as he is, Orac has always lacked something, and that’s mobility. He’s always been more or less at the mercy of the humans with whom he travels when it comes to locomotion. In short, being a clear box of blinking lights, he has to be carried everywhere, sometimes in a rather undignified fashion:


In this week’s edition of the Skeptics’ Circle, Bronze Dog gives Orac exactly what he needs:


Yes, a giant robot! Controlling such awesome machinery directly, finally, Orac is unshackled from his dependence on irrational humans to take him where he wants to go! And he gets some kick-ass weaponry to boot!

Not satisfied, Bronze Dog outfits a number of other skeptics with the armor and weaponry needed to plunge into the depths of irrationality and pseudoscience to do battle with the enemies of reason (metaphorically speaking). It’s a truly powerful team.

Who will next lead this awesome force?

It will be Martin at Aardvarcheology, two weeks from now on August 30.

You can command this awesome force as well, if you prove yourself worthy (i.e., show me that your blog isn’t full of pseudoscientific nonsense–which, if it was, I doubt you’d be reading here). If you’re interested in trying your hand at hosting the Circle yourself, drop me a line at [email protected]. The schedule can be found here, and the guidelines for hosting are here.

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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