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The 69th Meeting of the Skeptics Circle is less than a week away!

Hot on the heels of the first Orac-free Skeptics’ Circle in two years, amazingly, another Skeptics’ Circle is coming around the pike far faster than I would have expected. This time around, it will be hosted by a most able blogger, Brent Rasmussen over at the very prominent skeptical blog, Unscrewing the Unscrutable. Brent’s hosted once before, but that was over two years ago. I’m glad to have him back hosting and hope that he doesn’t take such a long time before hosting yet again. In any case, Brent’s posted instructions for submitting your best skeptical blogging to his edition of the Circle. Read them, heed them, love them, and submit!

In any case, next up is Conspiracy Factory on September 27. It’s a relatively new skeptical blog started by frequent ScienceBlogs commenter Factician, having come into existence in February, and hopefully hosting the Circle will, as it did for me when my blog was young, give it a boost.

So help Factitian out and start getting your best skeptical posts ready! And, as always, if you’re interested in hosting a Circle yourself, check out the schedule and the guidelines for hosting, and then drop me a line. I’ll get you a spot on the schedule, assuming, of course, that your blog does nothing to make me suspect that you’re a secret homeopath or something like that.

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.

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