Come rain, come sleet, come snow (well, mostly snow right now) the Skeptics’ Circle is on its way

Winter has settled in well and good around these parts, maybe not as brutal as around P.Z.’s abode but bad enough. So what does one do on a cold, blustery day? If you’re a skeptical blogger, you could whip up an example of your best stuff and submit it to the upcoming Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle on Thursday, January 31, this time around hosted at the Podblack Blog. Instructions for submitting and the deadline can be found here. Guidelines for posts can be found here. Then, whether you’re a blogger or just a skeptic who appreciates good writing about skepticism, science, and claims that need a healthy dose of critical thinking, come on over to the Podback Blog and enjoy.

And, as always, if you’re a blogger who regularly uses skepticism and critical thinking skills to examine dubious claims, you really ought to host one of these yourself, particularly if you’ve never hosted before. You won’t regret it. To get an idea if this is for you, check out these guidelines for hosts and the upcoming schedule. Then drop me a line at [email protected]. I will, of course, have to examine your skeptical credentials (your blog) and I might even have to subject you to the dreaded Quackometer. You’re a skeptic. You can take it. And if you do you’ll be able to join the few, the proud, the hosts of the Skeptics’ Circle.

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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