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The Skeptic Zone #393 - 1.May.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:41

Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine

More on the story that doctors condemn. A shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor has gone viral online.

0:11:48

The Rotten Thread of Conspiracy Theories

This week Australia stopped to remember the Port Arthur massacre of 1996. Sadly but predictably, conspiracy theories continue to dog the friends and family of those lost.

0:25:20

Vaxxed

Amid World Immunisation Week, a film by a frontman for the anti-vaccination movement is being rolled out in US cinemas. From the Brisbane Times.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Project - Port Arthur

Skeptoid - The Port Arthur Massacre

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Paracon Australia

Vaxxed - Brisbane Times

Australian Skeptics Dinner Talk

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Port Arthur

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The Skeptic Zone #392 - 24.April.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders and Maynard

0:05:05

Maynard's Spooky Action..

At the Lawrence Leung Show

We attend the new live show, "Very Strange Things" and chat to Eran Segev and Lawrence about magic, mentalism and being skeptical.

0:24:43

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson is live on the spot to bring us reports from the first Skeptic in the Pub in the Northern Rivers of NSW.

0:39:23

Chiropractor Cracks Baby's Spine

Doctors condemn shocking video of a crying FOUR-DAY-OLD baby having her back cracked by a chiropractor - because she is suffering from colic.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Lawrence Leung's new show

Rainbow Region Skeptics in the Pub

Chiro wars on ABC RN

Doctors condemn shocking video

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Lawrence Leung

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The Skeptic Zone #391 - 17.April.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:55

Lawrence Leung

We catch up with Australia's clown prince of skeptical fun and adventure to find out about his new live show, "Very Strange Things".

0:21:10

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson gives us her no nonsense report on Diphtheria.

0:36:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Random interviews from a Skeptics' Dinner

Maynard chats with

  • Dr Mel Thomson from Melburne
  • Cassandra Perryman from Brisbane
  • Wade Ness from Brisbane
  • Tim Mendham from Sydney

Includes A Walk In The Black Forest
and a ride in the Skeptic Zone car.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Lawrence Leung's new show

Brisbane Skeptic Society

Maynard and Saunders promo video for Paracon

Paracon Australia

Cowgirl chooses alternative therapies to treat cancer

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

LL

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The Skeptic Zone #390 - 10.April.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:15

Maynard's Spooky Action..

The evolution of antievolutionism.

Maynard Interviews Dr Nick Matzke, a postdoctoral scientist at ANU, holding a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council.

Includes A Walk In The Black Forest.

0:26:07

Dr Rachie Reports... With Dr Rachael Dunlop

In the past week, Dr Rachie appeared on the popular Sunrise TV show to talk about the case of parents who cannot agree on vaccination.

0:31:25 Gold Coast mother passed on whooping cough to baby after refusing vaccine.

The mother, who has gone public in a video posted on the Gold Coast Health website to warn others, said she had refused the vaccine because she was a healthy “organic” kind of woman.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The fabulous art of Celestia Ward - Two Heads Studios

Maynard and Saunders promo video for Paracon

Paracon Australia

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Maynard

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The Skeptic Zone #389 - 3.April.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:25 Paracon Australia 2016 - Alex Cayas

We chat to the director of this spooky event and find out why skeptics should attend.
0:17:10

NHMRC $3.3 MILLION ON WIND FARM RESEARCH – “MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN”?

From Australian Skeptics

0:22:40 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard catches up with Ian Wolf from the long running Diffusion Science Radio Show.
0:38:22 Anti-vaccination lobby flags High Court challenge to ‘no jab, no pay’

Anti-vaccination activists are seeking funds to pay for a shot at overturning the government’s “no jab, no pay” policy in the High Court.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Professor Philip Clingan

Paracon Australia

Diffusion Science Radio

The Australian Skeptics Dinner Meeting - April 9th

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Ian Wolf

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The Skeptic Zone #388 - 27.Mar.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes a tribute to Phyllis Saunders and the reading of an item by Steven W Thrasher, "Don't tell cancer patients what they could be doing to cure themselves"

0:12:27 The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson with news about online memes and posters.
0:23:05 Friends of Science in Medicine

Integrative medicine: more than the promotion of unproven treatments?
0:29:40 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard reports from the Podcasters Sydney meetup group.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Don't tell cancer patients what they could be doing to cure themselves

The Australian Skeptics Dinner Meeting - April 9th

Friends of Science in Medicine

Podcasting Sydney

Spokey Blokeys Podcast

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Vale Phyllis Saunders

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The Skeptic Zone #387 - 20.Mar.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:10:15 Report : Update on Wilyman PhD

A short update on the continuing controversy
0:14:14 The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

What goodies await in the new issue of this long running journal.
0:18:50

Chiropractic in Question

We look at some of the claims and practices of Gonstead Chiropractic. Also, are Chiros as qualified as GPs?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Wilyman_PhD_Controversy

reasonablehank

The Skeptic Magazine from Australian Skeptics

Chiropractice

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The Skeptic Zone #386 - 13.Mar.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:50 Report : An Evening with Alan Alda

Alan Alda was in Australia and gave a talk in Canberra about the importance of good science communication.
0:17:16 Good Thinking Investigates: Peter Popoff

Good Thinking has been investigating ‘faith healer’ Peter Popoff and his highly-lucrative current business of promising to heal sickness and cancel debts in exchange for ‘seed faith’, in other words: cash donations.
0:23:00 Psychic Sunday in Fairfield

Richard Saunders drops by a Psychic Fair to see if any psychics are on offer.
0:41:30

Chiro Board says “toe the line” or else

The Chiropractic Board of Australia, which regulates Australia’s 5000 chiropractors, has released a statement reinforcing that practitioners need to ensure their advertising complies with the requirements of the National Law, or they risk prosecution and disciplinary action.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Scientific American Frontiers

Alan Alda's address to the National Press Club

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Chiro Board says “toe the line” or else

Good Thinking!

Alan Alda

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The Skeptic Zone #385 - 6.Mar.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:48 The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson gives us her no nonsense report on Chicken Pox.
0:23:07 Good Thinking Investigates: Osteopathy

Many osteopaths claim to treat colic with cranial osteopathy – a therapy with no evidence of effectiveness.

Following Good Thinking's recent investigation into similar claims made by chiropractors, they decided to find out what an osteopath would tell a distressed parent seeking advice…
0:31:42 Anti Vax in the media

Chris Savage, noted anti-vaccination campaigner, has set up operations in Bali, offering intravenous magnesium injections to treat autism.
0:41:30

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

What do skeptics say to "Chemical Free" food?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Good Thinking!

Antivaxer offering medical treatments

Heidi Robertson

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The Skeptic Zone #384 - 28.Feb.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:20 Holes in the Plot

From science fiction fans to water dowsers, why do people work so hard to preserve their belief systems? In this talk, Richard Saunders looks at the thinking and mental gymnastics.
0:27:10

Peter Bowditch - Vaccination in Oberon

A letter to the editor by long time skeptic,
Peter 'Ratbags' Bowditch.

0:30:40 Good Thinking Investigates: Chiropractic

In 2008, the British Chiropractic Association unsuccessfully sued science writer Simon Singh for highlighting that there is no reliable evidence that chiropractic can treat colic. Six years later, we wanted to find out whether chiropractors would still treat babies suffering from colic.
0:40:33 An alternative universe where vaccines are the villain, not the hero

At a meeting last Sunday called “Mandatory Vaccinations” the 300 or so attendees did not come to hear “the medical and scientific facts about vaccines” as billed (this was not offered anyway); they came for validation: to indulge their conspiracy theories and to pat each other on the back for the area’s 50 per cent vaccination rate, the lowest in the country. - By Jane Hansen

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Good Thinking!

Jane Hansen: An alternative universe where vaccines are the villain, not the hero

Ratbags.com

Skeptical Money - Interview with Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders

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The Skeptic Zone #383 - 21.Feb.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:50 Wi-Fried?

We look at the fallout from ABC TV's science show 'Catalyst' after its broadcast of a story that many see as nothing more than scaremongering.

Included is the reaction from the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) via their science channel.

0:22:40

Homeopathic Radio

We join Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society in the UK has he appears on BBC radio to counter the strange statements from a local homeopathic G.P.

0:33:40 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on why some parents in the north coast region of NSW are suspicious of vaccinations. Induced are quotes from our very own Heidi Robertson.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Catalyst: Wi-Fried? - ABC TV Science Video

Experts, audience slam ABC Catalyst's report on "Wi-Fi danger" - by Signe Dean

ABC's Catalyst criticised for linking Wi-Fi with brain tumours

Do Wi-Fi and mobile phones really cause cancer? Experts respond

BENT SPOON NOMINATION FOR ABC CATALYST

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

RiAus.tv | Australia's Science Channel

Things You Need To Know Before Starting Your Own Podcast - Advice from Richard Saunders

 

Wi-Fried?

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The Skeptic Zone #382 - 14.Feb.2016

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Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:36 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on Biodynamic Gardening. WHAT? Find out with Jo.

0:17:54

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:21:04 When a letter from Heaven ... isn't.

"Letters from heaven": TV psychic Lillyanne sends almost identical readings to dozens of customers. A report with the help of Trish Hänn and James Randi.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

An evening with Alan Alda
Getting beyond a blind date with science

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Jo Alabaster

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The Skeptic Zone #381 - 7.Feb.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:04 Dr Phil Plait

We catch up with Dr Plait and talk about the late astronaut Edgar Mitchelll as well as Pluto and UFOs.
0:27:06

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:31:27 Anti-Vaxxers react to Mark Zuckerberg

Some of the more extreme nastiness from the anti-science trolls.
0:34:35 Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Another great evening in Sydney where we ask the big questions!

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Dr Phil Plait

Crash Course Astronomy

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Phil Plait

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The Skeptic Zone #380 - 31.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:22 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on the importance of being on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
0:12:00 Dr Richard Wiseman

We catch up with Dr Wiseman who tells us about is very, very clever magic videos, a 'psychic' dog and the study of dreams.
0:38:35

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:24:20 Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard interviews Dr Ken Harvery about his action against the Chiropractic board and ongoing investigations into quackery.
1:01:20 The passing of Fred the Skeptic Zone cat.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Dr Richard Wiseman

Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry

Chiropractic board in firing line

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Surfcoast-Summer-Skepticamp

Val e Fred

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The Skeptic Zone #379 - 24.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:15 Recollect: Health and Medicine

Richard visits the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and gets a guided tour by Tilly Boleyn and Frankie Lee of the history of medical devices.
0:41:00

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:44:10 Psychic TV Australia

Online threats are alleged to have been made against some of the 'psychics' on Psychic TV, a business promoting a 'dial a reading' service.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Recollect: Health and Medicine Powerhouse Museum

Psychic TV Clip

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Tilly Boleyn

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The Skeptic Zone #378 - 17.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:17 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo has a message for Pauline Hanson who appeard on the 'Sunrise' TV program.
0:07:50

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:10:54 Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop

This week, Dr Rachie reports on the University of Woolongong's decision to award a Ph.D for a thesis claiming that conspiracies are behind the Australian Immunisation Schedule.
0:23:40

Bent Spoon for University of Wollongong?

By Tim Mendham, read by Richard Saunders

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Letter to Pauline Hanson

Judith Wilyman PhD controversy - Wiki

Judy Wilyman PhD thesis critique

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

 

Jo Alabaster

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The Skeptic Zone #377 - 10.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:08 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reports on the horror that is Black Salve. A warning to everyone.
0:15:27

Guest Reporter Kevin Davies from Canberra Skeptics

Kevin chats to Dr. Rachelle Duvall, Research Physical Scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Embassy Science Fellow.

0:20:13

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:23:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard interviews pub goers at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. What are their predictions for 2016 and what do they think about New Year Resolutions?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

 

Jo Alabaster

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The Skeptic Zone #376 - 3.Jan.2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:16 Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

Jo reads from the AGE Newspaper. Chiropractors promoting anti-vaccination views despite rules.
0:11:00

A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

0:13:50 Report

Queensland childcare centres and the new vaccination laws. Report from Australian Skeptics.
0:18:18

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard interviews more people at the recent Austalian Skeptics National Convention.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

 

Maynard

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