Circular Reasoning

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

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Better a little late than never, I'm happy to say that the 85th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle has arrived at Andrea's Buzzing About:. What is it about Andrea anyway? And what is this obsession about looking under rocks? What will be found under all those rocks? There's only one way to find out!

Next up to host is The Skepbitch. Now if there's a name for a blog that is better for a host of the Skeptics' Circle, I can't think of it right now. In a mere two weeks, the Circle will once again meet, this time on Thursday, May 8. Start sharpening your skeptical pen to produce searing bits of skepticism appropriate to the host, and then join us in two weeks. Finally, as usual, if you're interesting in hosting a Circle, check out the schedule and guidelines and the guidelines for hosts to get an idea of what's involved, and then drop me a line at

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The 84th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle Archaeoporn.

And it's a good one too, served up in a straightforward, no-nonsense style. As much as I like the sometimes wild creativity some hosts bring to hosting the Circle, there's definitely something to be said for a well-organized, well-introduced, "just the facts, M'am" sort of presentation, and that's what we have here. That, and lots of good skeptical blogging served up for your browsing edification. March your way through the links at the 84th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle, and you won't be disappointed.

Next up to host is Andrea's Buzzing About:. Her shot at hosting the Circle is scheduled for two weeks hence, on April 24. So, skeptical bloggers, start writing your best stuff, and, remember, the creationist propaganda film Expelled! is scheduled to be released on April 18. I'm sure it will be a major topic of the Circle, but by no means the only one. After all, like Jenny McCarthy, Ben Stein has descended into a state that only deserves contempt from rational, science-minded individuals who tend to like the Circle.

Finally, I'm always looking for hosts. I had thought of making the Circle a once-a-week affair because the wait for hosts had gotten a bit long. Ultimately, I decided not to because I don't want to risk diluting what has been far often than not excellent quality and the wait is not quite as bad as it once was. (That hosting this little shindig is so popular is a tribute to how great a job our hosts have been doing and the quality of the submissions that each Circle features.) So, if you think you have what it takes to host a Circle, peruse the schedule and guidelines and then the guidelines for hosts. Then, if you--yes, you!--think you have what it takes, drop me a line at I'll peruse your blog to make sure you're not a closet creationist or woo-meister and then get you on the schedule.

Do it. It's fun.