The Podcast from Australia for
Science and Reason - Since 2008
Skeptic Zone #578 - 10 November 2019
Introduction Richard Saunders
CSICon 2019 Interviews - Part #3
Rob Palmer, aka the well known skeptic, with part #3 of his interview series from CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas. This week paranormal investigator Kenny Biddle, from Point of Inquiry Kavin Senapathy, GSoW editor Brandi and Aedan, and local Las Vegas student Daniel Spangler.
Virtually every religion refers to a subterranean world which is variously an afterlife (hell, purgatory, or Elysian Fields) or a secret place where other civilisations do their business. The Greeks had Hades, the Jews Sheol, the Tibetan Buddhists have Shamballa, the Nordic people have Svartalfaheimr, the Hindu Patala. And, of course, the Christians have Hell. Tim Mendham looks at varoius adventres to try and find the world beneath.
The head of the NHS launches an outspoken attack on the homeopathy industry for peddling deadly anti-vaccine myths. Simon Stevens accuses practitioners of spreading toxic 'misinformation' about jabs, which poses 'a significant danger to human health'.
We get the background on the story from Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society.
Guest reporter Rob Palmer talks to Elizabeth Loftus about false memories, Jim Underdown about investigating paranormal claims, Janyce Boynton about Facilitated Communication and Joe Schwarcz about demystifying science.
Geeks, Gamers, Nerds & Kids
Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian
Skeptics, reads an item from Vol. 39 No.1. What is the cross-over between the Nerds and the Skeptics?
Barbara O'Neill is an Australian naturopath and lecturer on health
issues who, in 2019, was banned for life by the New South Wales
Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) from providing free or
paid health services. We look at the new Wiki page regarding her
Far too many people lose money or suffer impacts to their health and wellbeing due to products that are overpriced, ineffective or downright dangerous. We all deserve better. The Skeptic Zone Podcast reports from the annual Shonkys Awards.
Dr Fidler is a psychologist with a PhD in history and philosophy of science, who has worked in conservation science for roughly the last decade. She is generally interested in how scientists and experts make and communicate decisions. In this interview, Dr Fidler gives us an overview of her upcoming presentation at Skepticon 2019.
NZ-based, self-described "spiritual medium" Jeanette Wilson has started touring the country with her Psychic Surgery show. New Zealand Skeptics are running a campaign to try to disrupt this by contacting the venues and making them aware of the sort of thing they're hosting. We talk to NZ Skeptics Chairperson, Craig Shearer.
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission has given a life ban to naturopath Barbara O'Neill.
The order permanently prohibits O'Neill from "providing any health service, whether on a paid or voluntary basis, to any person".
The term "health service" includes "health education services", which were a feature of the northern NSW Misty Mountain Health Retreat founded by O'Neill and her husband Michael in 2001.
Breaking the terms of the prohibition order could incur a six months prison sentence.
Maynard asks pubbers at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub the big question... What do they think of the recent action taken by the New Zealand Skeptics to stop a so-called psychic healer? With President of Australian Skeptics Inc. Jessica Singer, Tim Medham and others.
Australian Skeptics Inc is once again offering an annual award for the best piece of skeptical journalism. The Barry Williams Award for Skeptical Journalism recognises 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.
Imagine for a moment that you were the proud possessor of an infallible science textbook. Imagine further that you could contact the infallible author of this textbook at any time and receive guidance as to the books correct interpretation. With a system like this in place, you'd be pretty right, wouldn't you? I mean, you wouldn't keep putting your foot in it, blundering along all over the place and having to post long lists of your egregious errors on your Internet site. Now would you? - By Brian Baxter
Join Susan Gerbic and Richard Saunders as they take in a tour of this amazing, ramberling mansion.
- The Winchester Mystery House is an architectural wonder and historic landmark in San Jose, CA that was once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to a large portion of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune.
A question for listeners outside of Australia. Are you afraid to come here? If so, what is it exactly that you're afraid of? I'm going to take a guess and say that in your top 5 of scary Australian animals, along with snakes, crocodiles and sharks you're probably also concerned about spiders. And I don't blame you. They're big, and they run, and sometimes when they go inside your clothes is can be pretty scary.
The War Room at GSoW
Computers, cables, cats and chaos. Welcome to the 'War Room' of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.
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!
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by Richard Saunders
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