Circular Reasoning

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

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The 46th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle: On a mission from God

The Skeptics' Circle has been hosted in many places and in many forms, but leave it to Kev at Left Brain/Right Brain to bring it to the one place that it's been hosted before.

We're talking Heaven, people.

Naturally, the assembled skeptics were a bit disconcerted by this particular venue, as amusingly recounted by Kev:

It was one of the greatest moments of my life. Persuading a bunch of Skeptics’ to affirm their belief in the blood of Jesus in order to attend a conference in Heaven. Admittedly, they didn’t look very happy about it, but it worked. Skeptics’ in Heaven. Marvellous.

Once the assembled Skeptics’ had recovered from the shock of being in a place they didn’t believe existed (I explained that Chaos Theory would probably throw up a new type of science at some unspecified point in time called Paradox Theory in which events like this would be commonplace) we settled down to business.

Honestly, the whole thing reads like Douglass Adams. That is, of course, a compliment.

So join Kev and crew for the 46th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle. Maybe there is hope for us after all. For all you know, we may still be up there...or wherever.

Next up is Thursday at Polite Company, who will be hosting the 47th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle on November 9. I don't envy the task of following a trip to Heaven. In order to help, though, bloggers, I encourage you to start getting your skeptical entries started and be ready to submit them to the Circle.

Finally, as always, if you--yes, you!--think you have what it takes to host a meeting of the Circle, if you think you might be a budding Amazing Randi or just want to think if you can be, take a look at the schedule and guidelines for hosting, and then drop me a line at

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Better late than never (Orac, not the Circle): The 45th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle

I'm afraid that I have been a bit remiss in my duties as the coordinator of the Skeptic's Circle. You see, today was a travel day, and I was heading to Chicago on business. Unfortunately, the Skeptics' Circle link was not posted very early this morning before I left (probably due to the fact that it was even earlier in California, the abode of our current host, The Innoculated Mind. But it's worth the wait. You see, this edition's host, Karl Mogel, has done something that's never been done with the Circle before. He's put together the first combined Skeptics' Circle/podcast with the 45th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle.

Consider it your opportunity not only to read but to hear the voice of skepticism.

Next up is Kevin Leitch over at Left Brain/Right Brain, who will be hosting in two weeks, on October 26. Kevin is an even more dedicated skeptic than I am when it comes to autism quackery and woo (for example, see here and here); so start formulating some skeptical blog posts for him and join us back here in two weeks.

And, as always, if you're interested in hosting your very own meeting of the Circle, drop me a line at