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The 89th Meeting of the Skeptics Circle: The “I’d rather be in Vegas” edition

Better late than never, they always say. Michael Meadon may have been a few hours later than the usual edition of the Skeptics’ Circle, but when he finally delivered the 89th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle it was well worth the wait. He even showed me a promising new blogger:

Redonkulous Redundancy is a new blogger and first-time Circle participant (be nice!) who aptly skewers CAM advocates for their bait-and-switch tactics: yes mainstream medicine has (serious) problems, no, CAM is not the answer.

Here’s hoping I can give him a little boost for that spot-on post.

Next up to host is, believe it or not, Peter Bowditch of The Millenium Project. I’ve wanted him to host for a long time now, and, to my surprise, he actually e-mailed me a few months ago and volunteered. Antivaccinationists really hate him; so you know he’s a good guy. Don’t let him down. Start cranking up your keyboard to produce some good stuff for him to feature in a fortnight.

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]

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