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The 50th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: Carl Sagan (Pseudo) Memorial/Demon-Haunted World (Pseudo) Homage

Yes, it’s that time again, time for another Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle.

Given that yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the death of Carl Sagan at the too-young age of 62, this edition of the Circle, posted at Humbug! Online, is a tribute to the man and his dedication to science and skepticism. Theo has decided to arrange it in a similar fashion to the chapters in what is arguably Sagan’s greatest book: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Next up to host the first Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle of 2007 is See You At Enceladus. If you’re a blogger trying to follow in the footsteps of Carl Sagan in your own little way (like me), start thinking of a good post that will help the Circle start 2007 in fine form. And, of course, if you’re interested in hosting a Circle yourself, drop me a line at [email protected], after, of course, checking out the schedule and guidelines.

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]