Skepticism/critical thinking

The 81st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: Leap Day conspiracy edition!

This year’s a Leap Year, as it so happens, and it turns out that Leap Day is tomorrow. Unfortunately for “alternative medicine” mavens, conspiracy theorists, and lovers of woo everywhere, that means that the Skeptical Conspiracy to Suppress All Dissent–I mean, the Skeptics’ Circle–is meeting over at–where else?–The Conspiracy Factory, where, just as woo-meisters have always suspected, skeptical bloggers everywhere are taking their instructions from their nefarious leader, who bears an uncanny resemblance to…well, you’ll have to go over to the 81st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle to find out.

Next up on the schedule to continue the conspiracy is Bing McGhandi over at Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes, who will be taking over the reins for the Circle for the next meeting, now scheduled for Thursday, March 13. If you’re a skeptical blogger and want to join the conspiracy (and, believe me, you don’t want to get on our Leader’s bad side), start preparing your best skeptical blogging to submit to Bing. If you really want to get on our Leader’s good side and become a leader in the conspiracy (and, make no mistake, it’s better to be a leader than a sheeple), then check out the Skeptics’ Circle schedule and guidelines and some guidelines for hosting and drop me a line. If your blog passes a perusal by our Illuminati overlords, I’ll be happy to add you to the schedule.*

*For the irony-challenged, that stuff about the Illuminati and conspiracy was a lot of joking and sarcasm, although not the part about not wanting to get on our Leader’s bad side.

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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