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The 34th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: Critical Thinking Crystallized

This time around, the latest meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle comes to us from down under. EoR, who, despite being “rather sad and boggy,” always perks up when it’s time to debunk the claims of pseudoscience or New Age woo, brings us the 34th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle via the Wonderful World of Crystals:

Eor surveys the Wonderful World of Crystals, and receives some interesting etheric vibrations as a result. By applying the higher vibrational properties of these gems to his chakras he received contact with various arcane and occult information previously only held in the Akashic archives. As the world moves into a new quantum consciousness paradigm, where science has now conclusively proven the existence of qi, water memory, ghosts and fluffy blue rectal fairies, this information can now be released publicly. Om.

As usual, there’s a lot of great stuff there, but somehow I ended up being rhodochrosite.

Next up is a stalwart supporter of the Skeptics’ Circle since the very beginning and an influence on my blogging since I first became aware of him, Skeptico. He was not blogging much for a while, but now he’s back and, to my delight, taking on the charlatan John Edwards again. So, start thinking of suitable subjects that deserve a healthy application of skepticism and critical thinking, send your entries to [email protected] by May 24, and join Skeptico for the 35th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle on Thursday, May 25. The schedule for future Circles and the guidelines for submissions can be found 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]