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The 71st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: Puzzle me this

Yes, it’s that time again, time for the latest edition of the Skeptics’ Circle to land on the blogosphere like a nuclear explosion of reason, rationality, and science designed to demolish the credulity that is so rampant.

OK, I’m exaggerating a bit, but we here at the Skeptics’ Circle do try to do our part for critical thinking.

This time around, the Circle is being hosted at Infophilia. In an unusual take on the Circle, this time around it’s been presented as a series of puzzles that will challenge and (hopefully) amuse skeptics everywhere.

Get ye to the carnival!

Remember, too, that it won’t be long before the next Skeptics’ Circle comes around the pike. Next time around, it will be hosted by that scourge of quackery everywhere, Le Canard Noir at the quackometer blog. Yes, the 72nd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle will take its place in the skeptical rogues’ gallery of past editions on Thursday, October 25. For your edification, Le Canard Noir has posted blog-specific instructions for submitting. Read them, heed them, love them, and submit your best skeptical blogging before the deadline!

As always, if you’re interested in hosting a Circle yourself (and if you’re a blogger who often writes about science, skepticism, and/or critical thinking, you really should host one of these puppies), 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 not fail an evaluation by Le Canard Noir‘s infamous quackometer, thus revealing itself as the home of incipient woo.

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]