The Skeptic Zone

Header

The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason

menu bar


The Skeptic Zone #496 - 22 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:00

Let's Have a Random Rant! With Dr Paulie

Our new reporter Dr Paulie interviews John Cook, a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, researching cognitive science.

https://www.skepticalscience.com

http://evidencesquared.com

Critical Thinking Cafe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAp1Foj7BzY

Plos One paper “Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing misleading argumentation techniques reduces their influence”

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0175799

0:23:04

ASI’s vaccination day for Sydney-siders – May 19

Don’t tell the anti-vaxxers, but Australian Skeptics Inc will be hosting a flu vaccine day for Sydney-Siders at the East Sydney Doctors clinic on Saturday, May 19, from 2pm.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/04/12/asis-vaccination-day-for-sydney-siders-may-19/

0:25:25

Lauren Cochrane - Australian Skeptics new Social Media Manager

We chat to Laruen about her new role in helping to get the sketpical message out on social media.

Also...

http://www.skeptiCalCon.com

Lauren Cochrane

YouTube Logo

 



The Skeptic Zone #495 - 15 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:05

Maynard's Spook Action

March for Science 2018

The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.

Maynard interviews Adam Spencer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3QGgd7fGCU

https://marchforscienceaustralia.org

0:22:44

Naturopath jailed. The sentencing

EXTREME diet naturopath Marilyn Bodnar has been sent to prison for her role in the baby starvation case.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/nsw/NSWDC/2018/76.html


Adam Spencer and Maynard

YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #494 - 8 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes trying to make sense of Astrology.

0:12:50

Naturopath jailed

EXTREME diet naturopath Marilyn Bodnar has been sent to prison for her role in the baby starvation case.

http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/naturopath-faces-sentencing-in-starving-baby-case/news-story/bc594346e08341bfee402f19471b830d

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-05/naturopath-sentenced-to-seven-months-in-jail/9622276

0:20:55

Breakfast Radio Skeptics

John Stanley and Garry Linnell chat to Richard Saunders one last time about the world of woo.

http://radiotoday.com.au/goodbye-talking-lifestyle-hardly-knew

0:30:00

Fort Collins Skepticamp 2018

Join Susan Gerbic has she chats to people at Fort Collins Skepticamp 2018.

http://skepticamp.wikia.com/wiki/Fort_Collins_Skepticamp_2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD2XBXFhPhA

0:37:20

March for Science 2018

The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.

We are a nonpartisan group, marching to demand action in the following areas:
Literacy, Communication, Policy, and Investment.

https://marchforscienceaustralia.org


Money in the stars


YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #493 - 1 April 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:26

The Great Prediction Project in Melbourne

Join Dr Steve Roberts and Richard Saunders has they head to the State Library of Victoria to sort through over 900 issues of "New Idea" magaine.

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/

0:23:38

All back issues of "The Skeptic" magazine from Australian Skeptics - PDF

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

0:28:00

Interview with Dr Steve Robers

Where have all the UFOs gone? Is the TRUTH (Newspaper) out there? - No, it's no longer published! From 1989 we bring you a tall story of UFOs landing in Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_(Melbourne_newspaper)


Dr Steve Roberts


YouTube Logo

 



The Skeptic Zone #492 - 25 March 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:08:40

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

Britt Hermes, a noted skeptical campaigner, has been taken to court in Germany by US-based naturopath ‘Dr’ Colleen Huber, claiming that Britt has defamed her. For this reason, Australian Skeptics Inc is managing a fundraising campaign to assist Britt in her current legal action.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

0:11:33

Rob Palmer and Susan Gerbic reply to Kirill Alferov

The story is not all bad for skeptical outreach as Rob and Susan chip in with their thoughts to our interview from last week.

0:23:50

Ban for hospital where the Queen's homeppath works

The hospital where the Queen’s homeopath works has been banned from offering homeopathy to NHS patients for disobeying health service policy.

An audit found that the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine had been wrongly charging the alternative treatment to taxpayers. The hospital is Europe’s biggest publicly funded centre for alternative medicine and has been offering homeopathy since it was founded in 1849.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org/nhs-homeopathy-ends-in-london/

0:27:43

Roadblocks to Good Science | A Panel Discussion - Excerpt

The Center for Inquiry presents Dr Rachael Dunlop, Cara Santa Maria, and Britt Hermes for a conversation on the real and perceived problems in science. What prevents people from understanding or discovering science, the roadblocks that stop good science and research, plus solutions on how to solve these problems. This talk took place at CSICon Las Vegas on Sunday, October 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpFoFTQ5YdI

Also

All back issues of "The Skeptic" magazine from Australian Skeptics - PDF

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

Dr Rachael Dunlop, Cara Santa Maria, and Britt Hermes


YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #491 - 18 March 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:17

Dr Rachie Reports.... with Dr Rachael Dunlop

Rogue medical practitioners will no longer be able to make false statements about a child’s ability to be immunised thanks to new laws which passed Victorian Parliament. Dr Rachie looks at how the AVsN are helping to bring about new laws with own goals.

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-no-jab-no-play-laws-shut-the-door-on-rogue-doctors/

0:17:28

Maynard's Spooky Action!

Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where it's trivia night. Test yourself with the third round of 20 questions. Your MC for this final round is Maynard himself.

0:42:30

Why The Skeptical Movement Is Not Changing The World

We chat to Kirill Alferov in Berlin on his views regarding problems getting the skeptical message out to the world.

https://louigiverona.com/?page=projects&s=writings&t=philosophy&a=philosophy_skepticism

Also

Blue Mountains Skeptics Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1121976514605992/

Dr Rachie


 


The Skeptic Zone #490 - 11 March 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:35

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

We are joined by Dr Steve Novella from SGU who tells about the new book by the skeptical rouges. Also the online Sci-Fi review show Alpha Quadrant 6.

https://www.amazon.com/Skeptics-Guide-Universe-Really-Increasingly/dp/1538760533

https://www.facebook.com/alphaquadrant6/

0:21:50

Maynard's Spooky Action!

Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where it's trivia night. Test yourself with the second round of 20 questions. Your MC is Lara Benham.

0:36:10

Is the truth out there?

We chat to Dr. Gleb Tsipursky who is passionate about promoting truth-oriented behaviour, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. He researches these topics as a professor at Ohio State University.

https://www.protruthpledge.org/

http://glebtsipursky.com/author-page/the-truth-seekers-handbook-a-science-based-guide/

https://intentionalinsights.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNtnVXDw3Ks


This weeks guests


YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #489 - 4 March 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:06

The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

Health claims on the menu. Mandy-Lee looks at the amazing claims found on the menus of some cafes.

https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/

0:13:35

Michael Marshall

Marsh joins us from the UK to talk about the last days of London's Homeopathic Hospital.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org/

0:31:26

Maynard's Spooky Action!

Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where it's trivia night. Test yourself with the first round of 20 questions.


Michael Marshall


YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #488 - 25 Feb 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes a report on a retracted letter about vaccine safety made potentially “slanderous” claims.

http://retractionwatch.com/2018/02/21/retracted-letter-about-vaccine-safety-made-potentially-slanderous-claims/

0:10:08

What's it like to be an editor for GSoW?

We chat to Susan Gerbic in the USA and Stuart Jones in Australia about what's it's like to do editing work on Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

GSoW editor Stuart Jones talks about his experience as a GSoW editor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4nXEhJkDgw

http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au/

0:25:35

Let's Have a Random Rant! With Dr Paulie

Our new reporter Dr Paulie interviews Associate Professor Ken Harvey about the recent bill concerning the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). What should the public look out for when relying on this important overseeing agency?

https://www.gcskeptics.com/events

Also...

Interview with Richard Saunders on 501 Conversations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQ0WEKB7Lw

Dr Paulie


YouTube Logo

 

 


The Skeptic Zone #487 - 18 Feb 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes a brief look at the case of the missing Beaumont Children from 1966

0:14:32

A Grain of Salt... with Eran Segev

This week Eran brings us new of the sucess of the ongoing Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

0:21:04

Maynard's Spooky Action!

We join Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where he interviews Dr Andrea Leong, a microbiologist with an interest in finding ways to reduce antibiotic use. Her PhD thesis looked at surface coatings that repel and kill bacteria by using antimicrobial peptides, a class of molecule that could prove to be an alternative to conventional antibiotics.

https://futureparty.nationbuilder.com/support_andrea_leong

0:30:25

Memoirs of a Former Mystic

A feature documentary film by Jessica Schab & Élisabeth Feytit - Produced by l'Esprit & la Matière - Expected release date: late 2018.

After 10 years of being a New Age guru and iconic Crystal Child, Jessica Schab, aka Jessica Mystic, chose to quit her ‘mission’ and started de-conditioning herself from the esoteric ideas that had ruled her life for so long.

http://www.memoirsofaformermystic.com/

http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-473-12nov2017

036:46

Scientific literacy low priority for CAM practitioners

A draft industry skills forecast for the complementary health industry puts scientific literacy near the bottom of a list of “key generic skills – ranked in order of importance”.

“Sciences, mathematics and scientific literacy” ranks 11 out of 12, meaning that finance and entrepreneurship (including the ability to sell ideas and products) are more important. Only “environmental and sustainability” skills rate lower than an appreciation and knowledge of science.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/02/02/scientific-literacy-low-priority-for-cam-practitioners/

Also...

Interview with Richard Saunders on 501 Conversations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQ0WEKB7Lw

Dr Andrea Leong


YouTube Logo

 

 


The Skeptic Zone #486 - 11 Feb 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:13

A Piece of his Mind - With Professor Paul Willis

Religious Freedom Review - Professor Paul Willis gives us his thoughts on keeping religion out of secular life.

https://pmc.gov.au/domestic-policy/religious-freedom-review

https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au/

0:12:08

Dragons lack critical thinking - An interview with Bill Nuvo

Magician and Skeptic Bill Nuvo helps lift the lid on the old tricks of Applied kinesiology in Canada.

Scam or science? How not to get fooled (Marketplace)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Kl0XkZuCw

http://nuvoentertainment.com/

http://scambusting101.blogspot.com.au/

 

0:27:15

The Raw Skeptic Report

Diphtheria death shows Queensland is failing to properly vaccinate, AMA warns.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-08/diptheria-death-shows-vaccination-failure-ama-says/9407920

033:33

'Softens hardness'

TGA under fire for health claim list that critics say endorses pseudoscience.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/softens-hardness-tga-under-fire-for-health-claim-list-that-endorses-pseudoscience-20180207-h0vfst.html

Also...

Interview with Richard Saunders on 501 Conversations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQ0WEKB7Lw

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

Bill Nuvo


YouTube Logo

 

 


The Skeptic Zone #485 - 4 Feb 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:50

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson brings us updates and news reports on yet more foolery, buffoonery and silliness from the Anti-Vax crowd.

0:16:40

Wake Up Australia!

A gem from 1980 with dire warnings for the future of the planet! Find out when it all went to hell! Does anyone remember it happening?

http://www.skepticzone.tv/pdf/wake_up_australia_1980.pdf

0:31:00

Maynard's Spooky Action!

We join Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where is askes, "How would you like to be remembered?"

Also...

Mordi Skeptics in the Pub

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/

Logical-LA

http://logicalla.com/

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

Wake up Australia


YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #484 - 28 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Includes and update on the Britt Hermes story.

0:08:04

18 nurses face disciplinary action after anti-vax comments on Facebook

EIGHTEEN nurses are facing possible disciplinary action for allegedly posting anti-vaccination comments on Facebook, after a pro-vaccination campaigner reported them to the health watchdog. - Vanda Carson, The Courier-Mail

0:14:52

Dr Angie Mattke and Dragon*Con

We chat to Dr Angie who is now the Assistant Director for the Skeptrack at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

http://dragoncon.org/

http://skeptics.dragoncon.org/

0:33:33

In Profile - Barry Williams

From the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper 1987. - It's fun to shoot down UFOs and con men. By Ian Cockerill.

Also...

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

Dr Angie Mattke


YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #483 - 21 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:35

Vale – Barry Williams

It is with great sadness that we report the news of the passing of Barry Williams, who died on January 20, 2018, at the age of 79, following a series of heart operations.

Includes Barry on the TODAY TV show in 1986, Newspaper story from 1994 and an interview with Maynard in 2015.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/21/vale-barry-williams

0:30:16

Susan Gerbic with news from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

We chat to Susan who tells of us of the recent grant to Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia by the James Randi Educational Foundation. Also news of some psychic stings now in operation.

https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject

Also...

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

VALE Barry Williams


YouTube Logo

 



The Skeptic Zone #482 - 14 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:57

Fundraising campaign for Britt Hermes

Britt Hermes, a noted skeptical campaigner, has been taken to court in Germany by US-based naturopath ‘Dr’ Colleen Huber, claiming that Britt has defamed her. For this reason, Australian Skeptics Inc is managing a fundraising campaign to assist Britt in her current legal action.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/01/13/fundraising-campaign-for-britt-hermes/

0:10:50

Trish Hann and Medical Superstitions

Diagnostic Radiographer Trish Hann tells us of some of the supersitions she has encountered in her years of work at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Also her concerns with chiropractic neck manipulation.

https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/rpa/services.html

0:40:20

NSW children die from ’preventable’ diseases

FIFTY-FOUR NSW children have likely died from diseases for which a vaccine was available, and almost half of the deaths over the past decade were considered “preventable”. Story by Danielle Le Messurier, The Daily Telegraph

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-children-die-from-preventable-diseases/news-story/84af0ebaaeeb6e6f47fc8f3dd190771c

Also...

Australian Skeptics on the radio

https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=Skeptics

Trish Hann


YouTube Logo

 


The Skeptic Zone #481 - 7 Jan 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:15

Big Trees are...... BIG!

Join Dr Eugenie Scott and Richard Saunders as they wander through Big Trees State Park in California.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving two groves of giant sequoia trees. It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, California in the middle elevations of the Sierra Nevada.

https://www.stateparks.com/calaveras_big_trees_state_park_in_california.html

http://w3w.co/myths.blitz.tighter

0:22:58

Maynard's Spooky Action!

During the recent Australian Skeptics convention, Maynard interviewed Catherine Hughes from the Light for Riley group. Also Mandy-Lee Noble with more insights into the pros and cons of weight loss.

https://www.facebook.com/lightforriley/



Big Trees


YouTube Logo

 


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

Buy the DVD

 

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!

Solar Flare episode 1


The Skeptic Zone Podcast is an independent production by Richard Saunders and the team of reporters. The views and opinions expressed on the Skeptics Zone Podcast are not necessarily those Australian Skeptics Inc. or any other skeptical organisation.
More Episodes

© The Skeptic Zone Podcast