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The 70th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: A conspiracy unmasked

Damn that Factitian! Now he’s gone too far! In hosting the 70th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, he’s revealed some of the deepest darkest secrets of the Skeptical Atheistic Darwinist Scientific Conspiracy to Conquer All (SADSCCA), also known as The Conspiracy Factory in some circles. And you’ll never believe who the leader of the conspiracy from whom we all take our marching orders is!

I may have to become more insolent and less respectful. After all, our leader has commanded it:

Yes. Put Orac on it. And someone tell him to stop being so respectful, and more insolent. I prefer the insolence, when dealing with these healers” the hologram continues, “We should really have a broader war on alternative medicine. Something to destroy it completely, so that we can rule the world with our pills and expensive diagnostic tests. Can someone put Steve Novella on that?”

Hmmm. If I value my ability to breath, I may have to obey.

To find out the rest of the conspiracy’s nefarious plans to inflict rationality upon the globe, read the rest of the 70th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle.

Next up to host on October 11 is Infophilia, who’s helpfully already posted instructions to submit more plans to the conspiracy. Don’t let him down!

As always, if you’re interested in hosting one of these puppies yourself, check out the schedule and the guidelines for hosting. Then drop me a line at [email protected] I’ll get you worked into the schedule, assuming, of course, that your blog doesn’t make me suspect that you’re a double agent from the Discovery Institute or NewsTarget bent on destroying the Circle. Come on, folks, I know there are some newer skeptical bloggers out there who could host this. The wait time to host is shorter than it’s been in a while (which is one reason I would really like to schedule some more hosts)

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]