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The 84th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has landed…

…at Archaeoporn.

And it’s a good one too, served up in a straightforward, no-nonsense style. As much as I like the sometimes wild creativity some hosts bring to hosting the Circle, there’s definitely something to be said for a well-organized, well-introduced, “just the facts, M’am” sort of presentation, and that’s what we have here. That, and lots of good skeptical blogging served up for your browsing edification. March your way through the links at the 84th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, and you won’t be disappointed.

Next up to host is Andrea’s Buzzing About:. Her shot at hosting the Circle is scheduled for two weeks hence, on April 24. So, skeptical bloggers, start writing your best stuff, and, remember, the creationist propaganda film Expelled! is scheduled to be released on April 18. I’m sure it will be a major topic of the Circle, but by no means the only one. After all, like Jenny McCarthy, Ben Stein has descended into a state that only deserves contempt from rational, science-minded individuals who tend to like the Circle.

Finally, I’m always looking for hosts. I had thought of making the Circle a once-a-week affair because the wait for hosts had gotten a bit long. Ultimately, I decided not to because I don’t want to risk diluting what has been far often than not excellent quality and the wait is not quite as bad as it once was. (That hosting this little shindig is so popular is a tribute to how great a job our hosts have been doing and the quality of the submissions that each Circle features.) So, if you think you have what it takes to host a Circle, peruse the schedule and guidelines and then the guidelines for hosts. Then, if you–yes, you!–think you have what it takes, drop me a line at [email protected] I’ll peruse your blog to make sure you’re not a closet creationist or woo-meister and then get you on the schedule.

Do it. It’s fun.

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]