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Ring in the new year with….skepticism!

Here we go.

It’s a new year, and, now that the festivities of the holiday season are now clearly a couple of weeks in the past and the deepest darkest depths of winter have descended upon huge swaths of the U.S., what can warm the cockles of a skeptical heart better than a fresh hot blast of great skeptical blogging, courtesy of the Skeptics’ Circle? Ringing in 2009 is Bug Girl at Bug Girl’s Blog with the 103rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, the LOL bug edition.

Next up is Space City Skeptics, where the Circle will–if you’ll excuse the term–take off (or maybe I should say “land”) two weeks hence on January 29.

In the meantime, why not make a New Year’s resolution (it’s not too late!) to host a Skeptics’ Circle of your very own? All you have to do is to peruse the Skeptics’ Circle Guidelines and Guidelines for Hosts to make sure you can handle it, and then drop me a line. We’re already approaching the four year mark. So help, keep the tradition going!

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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