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The 94th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: The Skeptic Games

I lamented how much I needed it, given the persistence of a couple of particularly annoying and obtuse antivaccinationist trolls over the last couple of weeks. Finally, it’s here! We’re talking the 94th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle over at Reduce to Common Sense. It’s just what I (and hopefully you) need: A dose of science, rationalism, and skepticism to combat the rampant credulity of the blogosphere. It’s even based on an OIympic theme, complete with gold medals!

Next up two weeks hence, on September 11, is Skeptimedia. Uh-oh, I don’t like the date it coincides with, but on the other hand perhaps we might have an appropriate theme and emphasize posts taking on the idiotic conspiracy-mongers known as 9/11 Truthers. Everyone, head over to Screw Loose Change for a primer! Actually, though, it’s up to our host to decide.

In the meantime, if you have a blog and are interested in skepticism, science, and critical thinking, you really should think about hosting one of these puppies. If you’re a new blogger, it’s a great way to get exposure (and traffic). If you’re an established blogger but have never hosted before, why not make a splash in the skeptical community? And if you’ve hosted before, don’t you remember how much fun it was? Don’t you think it’s time to do it again? Whatever the case, head on over to the archive, schedule, and instructions to see what we’re looking for, as well as the guidelines for hosts. If you’re still interested, then drop me a line. I’ll peruse your blog, just to make sure that you’re not the secret love child of Deepak Chopra and Sylvia Browne seeking to subvert the Circle, and get you on the schedule.

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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