Circular Reasoning

An archive site for the Skeptics' Circle. It includes a list of past Skeptics' Circles, future hosts, and announcements.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The 31st Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle

Yes, it's that time again, time for the most dedicated skeptics of the blogosphere to gather once again to try to apply critical thinking in an environment where credulity is usually the order of the day, and dubious stories can proliferate and spread around the world in mere hours. This time, Abel Pharmboy is your host for the 31st Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle over at Terra Sigillata. It's his first attempt in his young blogging career at hosting a blog carnival, and he's done himself proud, with an invocation and everything. Go check it out!

Next up is Matt (a.k.a. The Pooflinger) on April 13. Matt has hosted once before and produced what was without a doubt one of the most creative takes on the Skeptics' Circle of all, envisioning it as a Shakespearean play. I can't wait to see what he does with it this time around, although, given Matt's hints by e-mail of what he might do (questions, actually, that hint at his intent), Orac may have reason to be a little nervous (if a box of blinking lights can be nervous). In the meantime, though, as always, Matt (and I) need your contributions to produce the raw material needed for yet another great Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle.

Finally, as always, I'm putting out a call for skeptical bloggers to host and continue the tradition of hosting the finest skeptical blogging. There's one slot open in August, and after that it's not until October. (Yes, I can't believe it either, but I'm happy about it.) If you want to get in on the action before the fall, drop me a line at The schedule and guidelines can be found here.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The 30th Meeting of the Skeptics Circle

It's that time again!

The 30th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle has been posted over at Paige's Page, and it's a big one, chock full of skeptical bloggy goodness, delivered in a straight-up style:

Welcome to the 30th Skeptic's Circle, the first one with a theme song!

Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed ...

Okay, I didn't say it was an original theme song, nor did I say it was relevant, but it is kinda catchy. But, to move on to the main subject of tonight's symposium, come on in, set a spell, take your shoes off, and to phrase things as Jed Clampett would, "let's commence to skepticking"!


Next up on March 30 will be at a relatively new blog, Terra Sigillata. So get your best skeptical articles to Abel Pharmboy by March 29. It's Abel's first attempt at hosting a blog carnival; so help him make it a great one.

Finally, as always, I'm putting out a call for volunteers to host. If you think you have what it takes, if you want to follow in the footsteps of the Amazing Randi, drop me a line at The guidelines and schedule are here, and additional guidelines (advanced placement, basically) are here.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The 29th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle

An excruciatingly large 29th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle has been posted at the Huge Entity. As usual, the skeptical blogosphere has come through, and Danieru has managed to corral the best skeptical blogging out there in, of all things, Mu-Haiku form, as he says:
In prose nor dialectic,
equality you'll find,
but semantic perspiration,
of testosteron-ic kinds.

Today's sceptical enquiries,
their beauty will astound,
an inner neutral wonder,
in Haiku can be found.

But please whilst idly glancing,
debating inner scathings,
think to yourself in half-rhyme:
Where are all the sceptic ladies?
Good question. Where are the Skepchicks when you need them?

Next up is Paige's Page, where the 30th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle will appear two weeks hence on March 16. Start thinking of some good material to submit, and join us back at Paige's Page in two weeks.