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Carnivalia and an open thread

Three announcements about blog carnivals of interest to my readers:

  1. Medical blogging: Grand Rounds, vol. 3, no. 19 has been posted at Envisioning 2.0.
  2. Science blogging: Tangled Bank #72 has been posted at Ouroboros.
  3. Skeptical blogging: The Skeptics’ Circle will be appearing tomorrow at Slicing with Occam’s Razor. If you’re a blogger who writes about critical thinking and the application of the scientific method to everyday life, you still have a few hours to get your entries to Okcam at [email protected] And, as always, if you’re interested in hosting, drop me a line at [email protected]

And now, something I don’t do very often: an open thread. You’ve got something to say? Knock yourself out!

If you don’t know where to start, how about a bit of fun seeing how many logical fallacies, straw men about evolution, and plain downright idiotic statements you can find in this article by Pat Boone (of all people!) on evolution that’s been making the rounds in the blogosphere. (This one looks ripe to have some poo flung at it by a master.) Think of it as a warm-up in critical thought for tomorrow’s Skeptics’ Circle.

Beware, though; I’m sure that I lost a few thousand neurons just from coming in contact with its highly concentrated idiocy. Alternatively, you could have some fun with Scott Adams’ lame “it’s all just semantics” reply to all the criticism directed at his “Big Bang was intelligent” post yesterday.

Or create your own topic.

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]

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