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Things that make me smile even in my disease-ridden state: The 83rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle

I have to hand it to Mike, the host of this week’s Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. He’s decided to do something that I never would have thought possible: He’s gotten Ben Stein to introduce the entries to this week’s festival of skeptical thinking–which is why you’re all “expelled”! (I wonder what Matt would think of this “frame.”)

Go check it out and be amused. I find, however, that it helps to get the full effect if you imagine Stein’s whiny, monotone nasal voice reading it to you.

Next up to host is Archaeoporn on Thursday, April 10. (Archaeoporn? Oh, no, the word “porn” is in there! Godless Darwinists!) In any case, bloggers, start getting your best skeptical bits ready to submit for the next meeting!

Finally, as always, if you’re a blogger and are interested in hosting one of these meetings, all you have to do is check out the schedule and guidelines and then peruse the guidelines for hosts. If after that you still think you have what it takes, skeptically speaking, then drop me a line at [email protected] I’ll peruse your blog to make sure I’m not dealing with a closet creduloid, and then get you on the schedule forthwith!

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]