Sunday, February 27, 2005

Third Skeptics' Circle invites submissions

Thursday, March 5 is the deadline for submissions to the third-ever Skeptics' Circle, this week hosted by Radagast at his home at Rhosgobel. Revere participated in the second circle over at Orac's and it was great. Here's the idea, as conceived by St. Nate:
My vision is to create a carnival for bloggers who'd rather think critically than criticize thinkers. More specifically, some of the things I'm looking for are posts about:

* Urban legends and hoaxes. If you spotted an oft-reported story that doesn't hold up to critical thought, this is the perfect opportunity to let people what you found.

* Pseudoscience. Those who know their facts can take this opportunity to correct those who don't. Sean at Preposterous Universes shows how a good report can get misinterpreted by the mainstream media.

*Pseudohistory. Don't like the lessons we all should learn being denied or rewritten? Check out how Orac is continuing his long-running battle against Holocaust denial.

*Hysteria. We've all heard countless stories about what is the greatest threats in the world today are, so now it's time to hear why we can still count on the sun rising tomorrow. RealClimate does this well by examining a popular argument against global warming.

*Quackery. Any stories either about potentially harmful alternative medicines or misleading reports from medical news stories. Dr. Charles has a good example of how he works a little magic on his prescription pad to save a witch.
So if you have a story you'd like to contribute to the third edition of the Skeptics' Circle, send the permalink to

Here is the Skeptics' Circle archive page if you want to see the past editions.