It’s almost here.
No, not Christmas, although that’s almost here too. what I’m talking about is the fast-approaching 76th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, which is due to land at Aardvarchaelogy on Thursday, December 20, right in time for the holidays. (And what better time to indulge in a serious dose of skepticism than in the midst of all this pre-Christmas cheer?) Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud. Well, the pre-visitation Scrooge, anyway. The post-visitation Scrooge clearly believed in ghosts and other paranormal happenings, like visitations promised to happen in over three nights happening in only one and the ability of ghosts to show him the future and the past. In any case, Scrooge is probably a bad example. For one thing, he was absolutely a bummer at parties, and most skeptics like a good party as much as the next person. If you can envision Fezziwig as a skeptic, that’s the kind of skeptic to be.
Be that as it may, as always, the guidelines for submissions to the Circle are here. In addition, if you’re interested in hosting a Circle yourself, check out the schedule and the guidelines for hosting, and then send me an e-mail. I’ll get you a spot on the schedule, assuming, of course, that your blog can pass the easy (for a skeptical, science-based blog, at least) test at Le Canard Noir‘s infamous quackometer and you don’t come around telling me stories of three ghosts visiting you on the night before Christmas.