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The Doctor Is In: The 36th Skeptics’ Circle

From The Examining Room, Dr. Charles, blog carnival afficianado and all around talented medblogger, comes the transcript of the 36th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. It begins with a question:

To readers who distrust science, knowledge found through experimentation, and the secular truths of reason in favor of simply believing – I ask you – why should affirming belief in something be a virtuous concept if it misleads? Why should demanding proof be soulless and cold if it keeps you from ignorance and victimization? And why do they always want your money?

I think I can answer that last question. And if I can’t contributors to this week’s Skeptics’ Circle can and do in a fine collection of skeptical blogging. Find out why by visiting the 36th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle.

Next up to host is Autism Diva. The Diva will hold court for skeptics two weeks hence, on Thursday, June 22. Don’t let her down by not sending her your best skeptical blogging. They don’t call her the Diva for nothing. Guidelines for appropriate topics are here.

Finally, if you think you have what it takes to host the Circle yourself, drop me a line. I’ll check out your blog to make sure that you’re not one of the unskeptical trying to pull a fast one on ol’ Orac and, assuming you aren’t a closet creationist, altie, or psychic friend, I’ll get you on the host 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]