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The 35th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: An imposter breaks in

It’s been an interesting week for this week’s host of the Skeptics’ Circle, Skeptico. He had a creationist appropriate his name, create a Blogspot blog, and actually post comments on other people’s blogs under the name “Skeptico.” Not good. Fortunately, no one was fooled, and it was the False Skeptico’s posting creationist tripe on other blogs that brought him to the attention of Skeptico himself, then to me, and then to PZ.

Fortunately, for the 35th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, Skeptico has decided to have a little fun with his doppleganger, and the result is yet another fine edition of the Skeptics’ Circle for your edification:

This Skeptics’ Circle is a little different this time from the ones you’ve seen before. Readers of this blog on Monday will know that a creationist called Kennesaw Williams has started a new blog with the handle “Skeptico” and the url of http://skeptico.blogspot.com/ He’s even leaving creationist comments on other blogs as Skeptico. Since I posted that link on Monday his blog has received several comments from fellow skeptics (none favorable to him – thanks for the support by the way), and he doesn’t seem to have posted anything on his blog since.

Well, Orac suggested that since this guy so clearly wants to be Skeptico, I should give him the opportunity to be post on the real Skeptico site – so I asked him to guest blog the Skeptics’ Circle this time. The result is below.

Now, I did explain to Mr. Kennesaw that to avoid confusion, he couldn’t call himself “Skeptico” on this blog. He reluctantly agreed, although he didn’t like my original suggestion of Jackass (too rude). He agreed to the more polite Donkey, which is close enough. Remember, Donkey is a creationist, and so his views may seem a little strange to anyone who is used to the regular Skeptics’ Circle. But give him a chance – the actual featured skeptics’ posts are better than ever, I promise you.

Next up to host is that medblogger and all around carnival maven himself, Dr. Charles, two weeks hence on June 8. Get your skeptical entries ready to give Dr. C. the raw material to try to top Skeptico. Next up to host is that medblogger and all around carnival maven himself, Dr. Charles, two weeks hence on June 8. Get your skeptical entries ready to give Dr. C. the raw material to try to top Skeptico. And, as always, if you’re a blogger and are interested in hosting a Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, drop me a line at [email protected] The schedule and guidelines are 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]