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The Skeptic Zone #592 - 16 February 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:53
A Psychic in Court

Richard Saunders was in the court room when someone claiming to be a psychic appeared in the witness box. This case is turning out to be one of Australia's most infamous murder trials.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-12/chris-dawson-committal-hearing-hears-evidence-from-psychic/11957172

0:15:58
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Ad Hominem".

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:23:06
Beating Cancer?

The random discovery of a notice stapled to a telegraph pole has us doing a little bit of research into amazing health claims. Can a book for sale on Amazon really give you the secrets to beating every disease? Somehow we are skeptical.

https://www.amazon.com/Beating-Cancer-Disease-Naturally-getting/dp/1696783917/ref=nodl_

https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/cancer-health-news-quackery/alkaline-nonsense

0:37:19
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Sunday interviews, part #1

Caroline Zielinski
Liam Mannix
Tim Mendham

https://www.carolinezielinski.com

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Psychic in Court
Psychic in Court


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Maynard
Maynard


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The Skeptic Zone #591 - 9 February 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders with Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in tne Pub

0:02:00
Free Homeopthy Booklet... worth every cent

We take a look at the information found in the free Boiron Homepathy information booklet on offer in American supermarkets and pharmacies. What can we learn from the Q&A section? With help from Heidi Robertson.

0:34:08
Good Thinking takes Homeopthy to court

Good Thinking's legal challenge to accreditation of Society of Homeopaths in the UK to be heard March 18th-19th. The Judicial Review challenging the accreditation of the Society of Homeopaths to be heard by the High Court.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/gts-cease-psa/

0:38:09
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Sydney Skeptics in the Pub February 2020

Gary Kennedy graduated from the School of Food Technology at UNSW in 1984. He has worked in hospitals and meatworks, and as a food safety trainer and food safety auditor.

He currently is the Managing Director of Correct Food Systems, a food safety consultancy based at Surry Hills, and presents the monthly "What the Food" segment on Afternoons with James Valentine on ABC Local Radio, Sydney.

Also

Lara Benham
Trish Hann
Other Pubbers

http://www.correctfoodsystems.com.au/the-correct-team.html



Also
Maynard's 2020 Calendar

http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar

Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII
Homeopathy
Homeopathy


Good Thinking
Good Thinking


Maynard and Gary Kennedy
Maynard and Gary Kennedy


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The Skeptic Zone #590 - 2 February 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:27
Not talking to the dead in Las Vegas

We are joined by Celestia Ward from the Squaring the Strange podcast to discuss a report on yet another performer who claims to talk with the dead.

https://www.facebook.com/LasVegasSocietyofSkeptics/posts/133563078123270?__tn__=-R

0:19:25
The Bondi Healing Festival of 1989

In 1989 Murray Finch attended a healing festival in Sydney. This report details some of the strange and bizarre modalities on offer. We learn that little has changed in over 30 years.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine/

0:36:06
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Highlights from the annual dinner, part #4

Mal Vickers
Guy Nolch
Les Oates

Also
Maynard's 2020 Calendar

http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar

Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII
Celestia Ward
Celestia Ward

Mind Body Wallet
Mind Body Wallet

Maynard
Maynard


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The Skeptic Zone #589 - 26 January 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders live from Portland, Oregon

0:02:14
The Think Tank... or The Hot Tub of Truth

This week the Think Tank comes to your from a Hot Tub, surrounded by snow, in the city of Bend, Oregon. Joining us in the tub to discuss if science can "save humanity" are...

Dr Erika Anderson
Dr Jean-Marc Roch PhD
Prof. Wendi Wampler PhD
Brian Dunning
Susan Picard
Lisa Dunning
Richard Saunders

https://svahausa.com

0:34:00
The Skeptic Zone Recommends

In Season 2 of "The Dream", Jane Marie, an alum of This American Life, and Dann Gallucci, look at a world just as shady and mysterious as MLMs, but one whose promises are at times even more bombastic and unfathomable: WELLNESS. What is it? Who sells it? And will it bring you eternal happiness and, perhaps, eternal life?

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/the-dream

0:44:23
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, highlights from the annual dinner, part #3

Jo Benhamu is a Senior Clinical Research Nurse with almost twenty years of experience in clinical nursing. She has a Masters in Bioethics and teaches ethics to medical students at Monash University. She is a founding member of Stop the AVN and has co-authored several papers challenging anti-vaccination papers in the scientific literature. She is Vice President of Australian Skeptics Inc. You can find her on Twitter: @jobenhamu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Immortal_Life_of_Henrietta_Lacks

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Hot Tub of Truth
Hot Tub of Truth

The Dream

Jo Benhamu


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The Skeptic Zone #588 - 19 January 2020

Show Notes

0:03:06
Introduction
Richard Saunders and Brian Dunning

0:03:06
Strange Colours in Sweden

Pontus Bockman from the European Skeptic Podcast tells of how Swedes were fooled by one of the biggest scientific bluffs of our time. "Surrounded by Idiots" has had a major impact on how Swedish people talk to each other about psychology and discuss the behaviour of those around them. Indeed, Thomas Erikson has undoubtedly had the greatest influence on the public's interest in psychology in a generation.

https://www.vof.se/how-swedes-were-fooled-by-one-of-the-biggest-scientific-bluffs-of-our-time

0:19:11
The Diet Skeptic... With Mandy-Lee Noble

Mandy-Lee unpacks the claims made by a so-called miraculous offering - the hCG diet - originally formulated in 1954 but currently prescribed by both unregulated and regulate health practitioners in Australia.

0:31:29
Life is Wild... With Michelle Franklin

Theres something undeniably beautiful about a massive rock, perfectly balanced on top of another rock, defying millions of years of weather, seismic activity, and who knows what human or animal activity may have occurred over that time. And in the tradition of the royal society for putting things on top of other things, people of course like to copy this. But what is the harm?

0:44:05
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Highlights from the annual dinner, part #2

Dr Steve Novella
Jay Novella
Lara Benham
Dr Lee Murray

https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-language-sciences-clas/australian-voices

Also
Strange Energies. An evening with Richard Saunders, Portland, Oregon

https://www.meetup.com/Oregonians-for-Science-and-Reason-Portland/events/267828306/

Maynard's 2020 Calendar

http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar

Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII

Pontus Bockmam
Pontus Bockmam
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The Skeptic Zone #587 - 12 January 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:27
Skepticamp Monterey, California 2020

Join us for not only Skepticamp Monterey, but also for the pub meet and greet the night before and dinner after the event. With Bud Miller, Susan Gerbic and others.

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/monterey-county-skeptics-and-humanist-association-of-monterey-bay-area-12224475493

0:16:47
VAXXED Bus creeps into Monterey

That rolling blight on society, the VAXXED Bus, turns up in like a very bad penny into Monterey, California. Susan Gerbic was on the scene and reports for the Skeptic Zone.

https://kion546.com/news/monterey-county/2020/01/09/parents-protest-vaccinations-in-monterey/

https://www.ksbw.com/article/small-group-of-anti-vaxxers-promote-film-in-monterey/30462328

0:31:28
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Highlights from the annual dinner, part #1

Dr Vyom Sharma
Magician Prue Spencer
Science Teacher Sarah Webb

Magician Prue Spencer

https://youtu.be/7_UElEyY_5Y

Also
Strange Energies. An evening with Richard Saunders, Portland, Oregon

https://www.meetup.com/Oregonians-for-Science-and-Reason-Portland/events/267828306/

Maynard's 2020 Calendar

http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar

Cabberra BBQ

https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/

Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII

Prue Spencer
Prue Spencer
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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.

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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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