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The Skeptic Zone #525 - 11 November 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:25

Maynard and Richard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from the Oz Paranormal & Spiritual Expo 2018

Good Games Miranda
https://www.goodgames.com.au/au/stores/nsw/miranda.html

Cast from Dungeon fx
https://castfromdungeonfx.com

UFO PRSA
http://www.ufosociety.net.au

Secret Witch Business
https://www.facebook.com/secretwitchbiz/

Oz Paratech
https://ozparatech.com/

APPI Ghost Hunts & Tours
https://www.appighosthunts.com/

Beth Darlington
https://www.accessparanormal.com/

Peet Banks
https://www.ozparaexpo.com.au/

0:32:25

Massimo Polidoro and Stranger Stories

Randi Tricks the Trickster. How was the Amazing Randi able to break a spoon and read inside a sealed envelope during an unexpected challenge on a TV show in Canada? Here Randi reveals his secret...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHiMHkvIz0M

0:44:14

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018 Part #3

Mal Vickers
Yvette d'Entremont, also known as The SciBabe Part #3
Kirsten Banks
Dr Pamela Gay

 

Kirsten Banks

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The Skeptic Zone #524 - 4 November 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:20

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018

Yvette d'Entremont, also known as The SciBabe Part #2
Adam Reakes
Ruth Ellison
Tim Mendham
Jessica Singer

http://www.herdmentalitypodcast.com/

https://crankybot.com/

0:27:15

Trish Hann and the risks of avoiding Ante Natal Care

This week Trish talks about the red flags and dangers of home birthing and the reluctance of some to take advantage of basic medical procedures.

0:35:15

Skeptics in the Pub

Pine Gap talk with David Rosenberg

Interviews from the bar stools.

https://www.amazon.com/Pine-Gap-David-Rosenberg-ebook/dp/B07H3488C7

 

Skepticon 2018

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The Skeptic Zone #523 - 28 October 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:20

Crowd Interviews from Skepticon 2018

We chat to

Mandy-Lee Noble
Heidi Robertson
The GSoW Team

Dr Sue Blackmore

0:13:33

Aust Skeptics Campaigns and Investigations – have your say

Australian Skeptics Inc is regularly involved in a range of campaigns and investigations, some of which have been well-publicised (like the investigation of the PowerBalance wrist band), and others that are on-going and still under wraps.

This is your chance to get involved. Feel free to contact us with tips and suggestions. You might also like to add your own active contribution and play a part in the campaign and/or investigation itself.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/10/01/aust-skeptics-campaigns-and-investigations-have-your-say/

0:17:42

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2018

Yvette d'Entremont, also known as The SciBabe Part #1
Dr Vyom Sharma
Trish Hann

 

Skepticon 2018
Photos: Mal Vickers

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The Skeptic Zone #522 - 21 October 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:15

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon Trivia Night
Maynard chats to

Mandy-Lee Noble
Jo Benhamu
Beth Darlington
Dr Sue Blackmore
Kirsten Banks
Dr Pamela Gay
0:21:25

Australian Skeptics Awards for 2018

The Bent Spoon - The Fred - The Wallaby - Life Memberships

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/10/13/a-bad-day-for-sarah/

0:26:50 Jane Hansen

A chat with the winner of the inaugural Barry Williams Award for Skeptical Journalism. Jane Hansen, reporter for News Corp, has written extensively on the anti-vaccination and anti-fluoride movements, fad diets, and quack cures.
0:34:20

Maynard with Dr Karl

What is Dr Karl's advice when confronted by tricky questions over dinner?

http://drkarl.com/

0:39:00

Pine Gap Book Launch

We ask author David Rosenberg about Australia's "Area 51".

https://www.amazon.com/Pine-Gap-David-Rosenberg-ebook/dp/B07H3488C7

 

Dr Pamela Gay

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The Skeptic Zone #521 - 14 October 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:20

Mark Mayer and so-called "Psychic Detectives"

From 2005 an interview with the Melbourne magician about his investigations.

0:16:18

Mind Body Wallet for October 2018

Once agian we head for the newage fair.

0:25:38

Maynard’s Spooky Action...

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub and some questions about the science of music. Can you produce a hit song if you know the formula?


 

Mark Mayer

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The Skeptic Zone #520 - 7 October 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:20

Carrie Poppy

Direct from Hollywood, we chat to Carrie about her upcoming trip to Australia and about the Oh No Ross and Carrie Podcast.

http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/oh-no-ross-and-carrie

0:16:18

Maynard’s Spooky Cat Action

An interview with cat expert Dr Dr Kersti Seksel from the Sydney Animal Behaviour Service

http://sabs.com.au/staff_profiles.htm

0:25:38

We announce the MC for the Skepticon Dinner

Any idea who it might be?

0:26:26 Shonky Awards 2018

In the firing line are Bioglan homeopathic melatonin and Magnetic therapy devices from Dick Wicks and BioMagnetic Sport.

https://www.choice.com.au/shonky-awards
0:36:45

David Rosenberg and Pine Gap

Maynard interviews the technical adviser for the new ABC TV series

https://tv.press.abc.net.au/new-thriller-pine-gap-launches-in-october

https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Pine-Gap-Came-Desert/dp/1742701736

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.
Convention tickets for Skepticon 2018

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Carrie Poppy

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The Skeptic Zone #519 - 30 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:28

Life is Wild! With Michelle Franklin

The problem of poaching

Endangered species that are killed, so that their bones and eyes and various other equally useless body parts can fail to cure anything from malaria to broken arms.

0:23:30

Anti-vaccination activist turns expert witness in family court immunisation brawl

The country's most prominent anti-vaccination activist is claiming to be an expert witness in a family legal brawl over whether their children should be immunised. - By Kylar Loussikian

https://www.theage.com.au/national/anti-vaccination-activist-turns-expert-witness-in-family-court-immunisation-brawl-20180922-p505dk.html

0:32:00

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Talk to the Animals - Part #1

During science week, Maynard met up with no end of animal experts has he hosted a public talk in Parramatta.

Deborah and Caroline from WIRES

https://www.wires.org.au/branch/sydneynorthwest

Dr Grace Thurtell from Sydney Animal Behaviour Service

http://www.sabs.com.au

Dr. Matthew Bulbert – Lab Leader Conflict Ecology

https://conflictecology.com/lab-members/

0:43:40

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Byron Bay has become the anti-vaxxer’s paradise - by Jane Hansen

Two babies have died from whooping cough in the region as a result of the lack of herd immunity. Barely a week goes by without schools sending out the letter that yet another child has whooping cough.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.
Convention tickets for Skepticon 2018

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Maynard

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The Skeptic Zone #518 - 23 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:28

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Heidi tells us of her efforts, via her local council, to stop the Anti-Vax crowd from usingcouncil facilities in the Bryon Shire of NSW.

0:23:30

The end of the world put on hold..... again.

DATELINE AUSTRALIA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – TSUNAMI HITS SYDNEY

Yesterday, September 20th 2018 at 9pm, a tsunami wreaked havoc along the NSW coast from Newcastle in the north to Nowra in the south. Huge regions of Sydney where devastated including the seaside suburbs of Cronulla, Bondi and Manly. The Tsunami surge also wiped out inner harbour suburbs such as Balmain and Kirribilli, destroyed the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the airport and flooded the central business district. Waves reached as far inland as Parramatta.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/09/21/sad-day-for-doomsday/

0:32:00

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Interview with Nathan "Mudyi" Sentance about promoting scepticism in museums, galleries, libraries and archives. Why does putting on a museum shirt make you an expert? Why does something written entering the archive make it history? Fake news is currently a much discussed topic, but for First Nations people fake news has been around for a long time - only it's called history.

Nathan blogs at https://archivaldecolonist.com/ and tweets at @saywhatnathan

0:43:40

In the Zone

From the pages of "The Skeptic" the magazine of Australian Skeptics, Richard Saunders gives an overview of 10 years of the Skeptic Zone Podcast.

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Heidi Robertson

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The Skeptic Zone #517 - 16 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:45

Interview with Dr Alice Howarth

Dr Alice Howarth (PhD) is a cellular and molecular biologist with a specialism in cancer research who is currently researching nanomedicines at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Alice is a board director of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-host of the skeptical podcast Skeptics with a K.

https://convention.skeptics.com.au/speakers/dr-alice-howarth/

0:15:20

Dextox? My Foot!

One way to scam people is to diagnose and correct a nonexistent problem. Aqua Detox practitioners do this by claiming to remove toxins and balance cellular energy. During treatment sessions, the customer's feet are bathed for 30 minutes in salt water that is subjected to a low-voltage current transmitted through an electrode assembly called an "array" (the dark cylindrical object to which the wire is attached).

https://www.devicewatch.org/reports/aquadetox.shtml

0:25:15

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Another fun night at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub.

This week Maynard asks pubbers what they think of "Psychics" seeming to contact the dead at RSL Clubs.

0:38:35

Claire Klingenberg testing claims the paranormal

We chat to Claire about her visit to Scotland and Germany where she helped to test paranormal claims.

https://cz.linkedin.com/in/claire-klingenberg-b3146293

Tests (In English)

https://www.dw.com/en/reporter-hocus-pocus-testing-miracles/av-45222413

Tests (In German)

https://www.dw.com/de/alles-hokuspokus-wunder-im-test/av-45222391

0:47:00

Skeptics' Blood Drive

Maynard and Richard Saunders report on the Australian Skeptics Blood Drive in Sydney.

https://www.donateblood.com.au/

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Dr Alice Howarth

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The Skeptic Zone #516 - 9 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:45

Interview with Celestia Ward

Squaring the Strange brings evidence-based analysis and commentary to a wide variety of topics, ranging from the paranormal to the political. Investigating ghosts. Debunking conspiracies. Dodging chupacabras. If a claim seems strange, Ben and Pascual will try to square it with the facts.

https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com/

0:15:00

A Random RANT! With Dr Paulie

Interview with Hana Svobodová from Save Turtle.

Save Turtle Organization is Czech NGO founded in 2017. It concentrates on the protection of sea turtles and their natural habitat. They wish for a world where people care for nature and take an interest in sea turtles.

http://saveturtle.net/

0:28:20

Open letter to the RSL : Let the Dead Rest in Peace

Through its clubs, the Returned Services League commemorates our servicemen and women, including some who made the ultimate sacrifice. We are concerned that those clubs are occasionally used for a form of entertainment that is disrespectful to the departed, and to their relatives and friends.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/09/04/open-letter-to-the-rsl-let-the-dead-rest-in-peace/

0:32:36

Kevin Davies and Star Wars

Can the Star Wars movies be used as a real guide to help in military strategy? Kevin chats to Mick Cook and Major General Mick Ryan in Canberra.

Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict

The Dead Prussian Podcast
http://www.thedeadprussian.com/

Mick Cook
https://twitter.com/mick_cook

Mick Ryan
https://twitter.com/warinthefuture

0:39:10

Talk like an Australian! Skepticon Speaker Interview

We chat to Lee Murray, a teaching associate and PhD candidate, Linguistics Program
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics at Monash University.

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/llcl/

0:48:08

Ian Bryce and the Higgs

Ian qualified at Monash University in science (BSc, physics) and engineering (BE Hons). His career has involved applying science to spaceflight for companies including Hawker de Havilland, Optus and Asia Pacific Space Centre. He created several space courses and lectured for eight years at four universities. Recently he has turned these skills toward communicating science and philosophy. He is also the challenge coordinator for Australian Skeptics Inc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPOc7TzXhvA

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Celestia Ward

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The Skeptic Zone #515 - 2 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:02:57

Prof. Paul Willis

Australian university students appear to give far more credit to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance than the previous generation.

https://theconversation.com/fewer-australian-university-students-than-ever-before-believe-in-creationism-101674

https://www.nationalsecularlobby.org/

0:21:32

Life is Wild! With Michelle Franklin

Maggie the Maine Coon moggie recently moved here from South Africa, and after clearing quarantine she moved into a suburban house in Brisbane. All seems to be going well thus far, except that one day recently Maggie got a new housemate (let’s call her Sally the snake), a very large and non-venomous coastal carpet python.

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Calver, M.C., Grayson, J., Lilith, M. and Dickman, C.R., 2011, Applying the precautionary principle to the issue of impacts by pet cats on urban wildlife, Biological Conservation, 144(6): 1895-1901.
Heezik, Y.V., Smyth, A., Adams, A., and Gordon, J., 2010, Do domestic cats impose an unsustainable harvest on urban bird populations?, Biological Conservation, 143: 121-130.
Jongman, E.C., 2007, Adaptation of domestic cats to confinement, Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 2(6): 193-196.
Lepczyka, C.A., Mertiga, A.G., and Liua, J., 2003, Landowners and cat predation across rural-to-urban landscapes, Biological Conservation, 115: 191-201.
Loyd, K.A.T., Hernandez, S.M., Carroll, J.P., Abernathy, K.J., and Marshall, G.J., 2013, Quantifying free-roaming domestic cat predation using animal-borne video cameras, Biological Conservation, 160: 183-189.
Meek, P.D., 2003, Home range of house cats Felis catus living within a National Park, Australian Mammalogy, 25: 51-60.
Reark Research, 1994, The metropolitan domestic cat: a survey of the population characteristics and hunting behaviour of the domestic cat in Australia, Petcare Information and Advisory Service, Melbourne, Australia.
Shine, R., and Koenig, J., 2001, Snakes in the garden: an analysis of reptiles ‘‘rescued’’ by community-based wildlife carers, Biological Conservation, 102: 271-283.
Short, J., 2009, The characteristics and success of vertebrate translocations within Australia: a progress report to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Toukhsati, S.R., Young, E., Bennett, P.C., and Coleman, G.J., 2012, Wandering Cats: Attitudes and Behaviors towards Cat Containment in Australia, Anthrozoös, 25(1): 61-74.
Woods, M., McDonald, R.A., and Harris, S., Predation of wildlife by domestic cats Felis catus in Great Britain, Mammal Review, 33: 174-188.


0:37:44

Speed Meet the Scientists at the Powerhouse Museum #3

This week, interviews with...

Dr James Hunter - Maritime Archaeologist

http://www.anmm.gov.au/

Dr Ceridwen Boel - Archaeologist / Evolutionary Biologist

https://epicaustralia.org.au/

Dr Kelsey Zimmermann - Psychologist
Dr Kathryn Baker - Behavioural Neuroscientist

http://www.richardsonlab.com.au/

Dr Titia Benders - Linguist – Children’s Llearning

https://tinyurl.com/y7eu39hr

Jason Drury - Astronomer

https://maas.museum/sydney-observatory/

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Life is Wild with Michelle Franklin

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The Skeptic Zone #514 - 26 August 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:10

Stephen Barrett, M.D from Quackwatch

Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has achieved national renown as an author, editor, and consumer advocate. In addition to heading Quackwatch, he is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

http://www.quackwatch.org/

0:21:33

Speed Meet the Scientists at the Powerhouse Museum #2

This week, interviews with...

Dr Hayley Green - Forensic Anthropologist

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/doctor_hayley_green

Dr Katherine Dafforn - Marine Ecologist / Ecotoxicologist

http://katherinedafforn.com

Alison Luk - Microbiologist

https://sydney.edu.au/science/people/alison.luk.243.php

0:37:46

Skeptics Award for Critical Thinking in Journalism

Australian Skeptics Inc is adding to its portfolio of annual awards with one for the best piece of skeptical journalism.

The award is named for the late Barry Williams, past president and executive officer of ASI who was a regular on Australian media. The Barry Williams Award for Skeptical Journalism will recognise the best piece of journalism (in any medium) that takes a critical and skeptical approach to a topic that falls within our remit, which is the scientific investigation of pseudoscience and the paranormal.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/08/20/skeptics-award-for-critical-thinking-in-journalism-nominations-open/

0:42:12

Maynard's Spooky Action....

The launch of Science Week #3

Maynard heads to Australian Museum to attend the launch of Science Week 2018.

Includes interviews with

Joanna the Goanna and her keeper Anthony

Jess and Mel from Street Science

http://www.streetscience.com.au

Thomas Jeffries

http://jams.org.au/

Ruben Meerman

http://www.abc.net.au/science/surfingscientist/

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Stephen Barrett, M.D

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The Vaccination Chonicles
 
Solar Flare

Featuring

Verna Morris, Maureen Chuck, Ken McLeod, Monica Saville, Dr Richard Gordon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, John Bundock, Peter Bowditch and Lauren Cochrane with Ada and Jack.

YouTube
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

 

Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!

Also featuring the hit song
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

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