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Skeptics’ Circle #106 descends upon a waiting world

It’s a little late, but better late than never! Skeptics Circle #106 finally landed last night over at Disillusioned Words. Jeff Stingerstein lays it all out in a “just the facts, m’am” manner that demonstrates that, for all the fantastically creative and wild formats that prior hosts have used to present the last fortnight’s skepticism, sometimes the straightforward is just as satisfying–especially given the quality of this edition’s entries.

Next up in two weeks will be Skeptics’ Field Guide. Start revving up your skeptical keyboards and supply Jeff and Theo with the material they need to keep the tradition alive!

And, as always, I am always looking for hosts. Indeed, I’ve been amazed at how good Skeptics’ Circle hosts have been and how rare it is for the Circle to be a clunker. Still, I’m continually on the prowl for new skeptical talent, and I’m always happy when past hosts decide they want to give it another whirl. All the information you need to host is here and here. Check it out and drop me an e-mail!

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.

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