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The 82nd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: The Genesis of the Skeptics’ Circle

Having just perused the 82nd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle over at Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes, I was left with one question? Was the Founder of the Circle, the not late but still lamented St. Nate (mainly because he left the blogosphere and took his blog down) God? Is Orac his son? And what is the significance of all this prophecy and religious imagery?

It’s all so confusing.

The only way to find out is to check it out. The kid’s got promise.

Next up is an experienced host of the Skeptics’ Circle, Mike over at Mike’s Weekly Skeptic Rant (and, believe me, the title of the blog is accurate, except that it’s more than once a week), who will be taking the reins for the Circle that is set to land on March 27. So send him some examples of your best skeptical blogging, and join us then. The prophecy says that you will come, after all, and you know what happens to those who try to thwart a divine prophecy.

Finally, if you–yes, you!–are interested in trying your hand at hosting one of these puppies, peruse the schedule and guidelines, plus the guidelines for hosts, and if you’re still interested (and who wouldn’t be?) drop me a line at [email protected] Your site will be subjected to a rigorous screening process consisting of me looking it over to make sure you’re not a woo-meister trying to put one over on us skeptics, after which I’ll get you on the schedule. You won’t regret it, whether you’ve done it before or are a newbie.

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]