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The 63rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: Summer solstice edition

Here, on this summer solstice, a traditional time of great importance for woo, I bet you need a shot of skepticism, don’t you? Fortunately, mcsquared over at Relatively Science has your back with the 63 Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. As he puts it: …”if you are in the Northern hemisphere this will be the longest edition of the skeptics’ circle and conversely if you are in the Southern hemisphere it will be the shortest.” Longest or shortest, it’s yet another collection of the best skeptical blogging of the last fortnight. (OK, I know it’s not as pithy an introduction as you’re used to, but I’m in the midst of hauling butt to get to the O.R. by 7:30 AM, and I didn’t want to make mcsquared wait until late afternoon for a plug. Such is my dedication to my hosts.)

Next up, for a post-4th of July edition (on July 5), The Skeptical Alchemist will be taking a turn at hosting.

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]