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It’s just around the corner: The Skeptics’ Circle

Here we go again. Time really flies when you’re having fun, and the Skeptics’ Circle is no exception. Hard as it is to believe after the last outstanding entry, there’s less than a week before the blogosphere is (hopefully) graced with another session of skepticism and critical thinking, just the antidote for all the rampant credulity out there. This time around, the host will be mcsquared at Relatively Science.. It just so happens that mcsquared resides in New Zealand; so the bulk of Skeptics’ Circle fans really will have to think “relatively” and remember that the time in New Zealand is 15 hours ahead of that of my home time zone, EDST. Given that, it’s a good idea for you to get your entries in early and according to mcsquared’s instructions. After all, you don’t want to be left out, do you? Of course not! If you’re a regular contributor, we look forward to more of your good work. If you’re a newbie, all we ask is that you peruse the guidelines for submissions before submitting.

And, of course, don’t forget that I’m always looking for hosts, be it experienced bloggers who’ve hosted before or especially new talent for whom all the link love that hosting the Circle inevitably engenders can be a real help in getting a blog noticed and building readership. Besides, it’s fun. If you think you have what it takes to do the Circle proud, peruse both the guidelines for hosts and the schedule (just updated a few days ago) and then drop me a line at [email protected] I’ll peruse your blog to make sure that you’re not a mole for Deepak Chopra or Adam Dreamhealer, and if you check out I’ll be happy to put you on the 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]