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The 129th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has arrived

Faster than a blink of an eye (well, not really, but it sure seems that way sometimes) another fortnight has flown by, meaning that it’s time yet again for another meeting of that venerable blog carnival of critical thinking, the Skeptics’ Circle. This time around, we have our first ever veterinarian hosting. I could make jokes about the Skeptics’ Circle going to the dogs, but I’ll exercise some rare self-restraint and refrain from doing so. (Oh, wait…)

In any case, this time around, the 129th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is being held over at SkeptVet.

Head on over and check it out.

Then join us in two weeks for the next installment in this ever-growing exercise in blogging about skepticism, critical thinking, and science, when it will be held at The Lay Scientist. If you’re a blogger, here’s yet another opportunity to strut your critical thinking stuff by sending your entries to Martin. I’ll even forgive Martin for his seriously misguided rant against Mac users yesterday. For now. If I hadn’t been so seriously busy last night (not quite an all nighter, but getting close), it would be something I’d have normally seriously thought about applying some not-so-Respectful Insolence to in the course of my normal blogging–not because Martin doesn’t think the new iPad is anything special, but because of his rant against Apple fans themselves. Oh, well. Nobody’s perfect.

In any case, guidelines for submissions can be found here, and if you’re a blogger who’s interested in hosting guidelines for hosting are here.

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]

8 replies on “The 129th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has arrived”

Hi Orac,
just to make your day,a headline from the BBC web site

BREAKING NEWS:MMR research expert Dr Andrew Wakefield “failed in his duties”, the GMC says

The radio report- a soundbite- was scathing.
More details to come

Here’s the Grauniad’s take:

Dr Andrew Wakefield, the expert at the centre of the MMR controversy, “failed in his duties as a responsible consultant” and showed a “callous disregard” for the suffering of children involved in his research, the General Medical Council (GMC) ruled today.

Wakefield also acted dishonestly and was misleading and irresponsible in the way he described research which was later published in the Lancet medical journal, the GMC said.

About bloody time!

The GMC finally handed Wakefield a ruling against his dishonest activity. As MartinM said, about time. Cheers to Brian Deer for all his hard work.

The only reservation I have is that it wont stop him from spreading his insanity from the Thoughtful House Turd Factory. It will take years to recover from the damage Wakefield caused.

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