Skepticism/critical thinking

Live at Five! The 121st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle

Now here’s some tasty blogging for you to peruse and read while I’m on my way to Chicago. Hot off the presses, it’s the 121st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle over at The Mad Skeptic.

Go. Read. Learn. Enjoy.

Orac will be back soon enough to annoy woo-meisters everywhere, and the occasional skeptic or two.

Then come back in two weeks, when The Young Australian Skeptics will be hosting. Nothing like a little skepticism from Down Under to enjoy!

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]

6 replies on “Live at Five! The 121st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle”


You’ll have to check out Real Time from tonight. Maher was talking crazy about vaccines to Bill Frist. Though I don’t particularly like Frist, he defended vaccination admirably and didn’t back down.

At the end of the conversation, Frist tells Maher to look at the science, and Maher responds with “I would” and then he changes the subject.

Well Mr. Maher, you would, but for…what? This was just after you were publicly admonished for your anti-scientific beliefs by Dawkins, an eminent scientist whom you yourself respect. I would think you would re-examine the issue after that, but instead you ramp up the willful ignorance unabashed.

Orac, I pray ye blog about this. I know you’re tired of Maher, but PLEASE!

The first thing I did was to come here after seeing the latest Maher show.. 🙂

Come on, guys! I’m in Chicago. I’m at a meeting. I’m not going to be blogging much. Do I have to? I need a break from Maher’s burning stupid.

In any case, Maher’s not just an idiot, but he’s clearly a wimp. He backs down right away whenever anyone who knows what they’re talking about regarding vaccines shows even a hint of laying the slapdown on him.

Come on, guys! I’m in Chicago. I’m at a meeting. I’m not going to be blogging much. Do I have to? I need a break from Maher’s burning stupid.

You’ve clearly done Maher to death lately. I know that’s your style, but there’s a lot of nice stuff in that city to enjoy. Like some really great restaurants. If you’re into coffee, a trip to Intelligentsia is worthwhile.

It was a good thing that Belzer reminded people of Frist’s history; by the end of the segment I found myself actually liking that ratbag.

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