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Fast approaching once again: The 104th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle

Well, it’s frigid indeed this weekend around Castle Orac. I need something to warm the cockles of the circuits in the deepest, darkest depths of winter, and I know just the thing: A heapin’ helpin’ of the best skeptical blogging out there. Fortunately, the next meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is just around the corner, scheduled to hit the blogosphere on Thursday, January 29 over at Space City Skeptics.

So, skeptical bloggers (or bloggers who want to dip their toes into the skeptical pool), fire up your computers, start tapping those keyboards, and provide the material needed to make this a great one. We don’t want the burning stupid of many of the creduloids to be the only source of warmth around here.

Finally, I’m in the process of updating the Skeptics’ Circle hosting schedule to accommodate a change and the addition of a couple of more hosts. (Come to think of it, I really need to update the template and the lists of past hosts too, but I don’t know if I’ll get to it today. Anyone who is good at Blogger template generation, your help would be welcome.)

In any case, this is a perfect time to add yet more hosts to our roll of skeptical awesomeness. (“Awesomeness”? Methinks I’ve been reading Skepchick too much. Actually, you can never read Skepchick too much. But you can say “awesomeness” too much.) So, if you–yes, you!–are interested in skepticism and have a blog where you write about science or skeptical topics more than just once in a blue moon, why not volunteer to host? It’s fun, and it’ll give you a traffic boost. Just peruse the guidelines and schedule as well as the guidelines for hosting, and then drop me a line at [email protected]. I’ll run your blog through my patented James Randi-style BS detector to make sure you’re not a closet woo trying to go all Deepak Chopra on the Circle and then, assuming you pass the test (and if you’re really a skeptic, it’s a pathetically easy test to pass), find you a spot on the schedule.

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]

One reply on “Fast approaching once again: The 104th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle”

As a relative newcomer and lurker to this blog, I have to come out of the shadows to say that it’s friggin’ awesome that you used the word “Awesomeness” and I applaud its usage.

Keep up the good work! It’s been a real joy reading this blog and I deeply appreciate the time you take to write it!

*returns to lurking*

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