Circular Reasoning

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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The 92nd Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle: Team Skeptic at the Ideology Olympics

It's that time again, the time that comes around once a fortnight for skeptical bloggers and blog readers to gather together to celebrate that best that skeptics have had to offer since the last time they gathered. It's time for the 92nd Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle. This time, it's hosted by Martin over at The Lay Scientist and it tells the tale of Team Skeptic at the Ideology Olympics, starting with a press conference:

Team Skeptic Manager Martin gave a rousing press conference today as his team moved into their training centre in advance of the Ideology Olympics, but concerns remain over the novice skeptic's lack of managerial experience.
"I've been in the game for four... no hang on, what date is it? The 31st? Nearly five months, and I'm more than confident in my ability to lead us out against the assorted mystics, evangelists, conspiracy theorists, quacks, and celebrity spokespeople. Even Jenny McCarthy."

A BBC reporter asked the coach what his strategy was. "We're going to use logic and reason, plain and simple." When informed of a recent MORI poll showing that more than 72% of people believe that logic is a conspiracy invented by rogue mathematicians working for the Bush administration, the rookie coach unconvincingly responded "AHA!!! That's an appeal to popularity, which is a logical fallacy... I win!!"

Go forth and enjoy!

Next up is City of Skeptics, who will take up the challenge 14 days hence; so start writing to provide them with the great material that we've generally come to expect from this blog carnival. Also, if you're a skeptical or scientific blogger and think it might be fun to host one of these (and fun it is!), then check out the schedule and guidelines for hosts before dropping me a line to ask to be put on the schedule. You'll be glad you did.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The 91st Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle: Dr. Absconsus’ Cabinets of Curiosities

It's that time again, time for yet another foray in to the best skeptical writing the blogosphere has served up over the last two weeks, this time hosted by Sam Wise over at Sorting Out Science, who has collected it all for you in one convenient location known as the 91st Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle. You can't go wrong checking it out.

Next up is The Lay Scientist, who's set to host the 92nd Meeting on July 31. In fact, he's already issued a call for entries. So start gearing up to send him your best work less than a fortnight hence. In the meantime, if you're interested in hosting a Circle, check out the schedule and guidelines for hosts and then drop me a line.

Friday, July 04, 2008

The 90th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle: Coming at you from Down Under

Better late than never (for me to announce it, I mean), the 90th Meeting of the Skeptics' Circle has descended upon the blogosphere from Down Under, this time brought to you by prominent Australian skeptic and battler against woo, a guy who's even harsher on antivaccinationists than I am, Peter Bowditch.

Go forth and enjoy!

Next up on July 17 is Sorting Out Science. Start getting your best skeptical writing together and join us back here in two weeks for a little summer skepticism. Guidelines for submissions and the schedule can be found here, and if you want to host one of these check out the guidelines for hosts and drop me a line.