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The Skeptic Zone #574 - 13 October 2019

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Richard Saunders

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CHOICE Shonkys

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.

http://www.choice.com.au

0:21:04

Trish & Chips! With Trish Hann

Trish is interviewed by Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where she talks about the latest science in the treatment of strokes.

0:31:00

I Think We Need To Think... with Susan Gerbic

Susan updates us on more of the work going on at Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

https://abouttimeproject.wordpress.com/

0:36:52

Dr Fiona Fidler for Skepticon 2019

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.

https://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person3224


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Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

CHOICE Shonkys


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The Skeptic Zone #573 - 6 October 2019

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Richard Saunders

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NZ Skeptics vs. Jeanette Wilson

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.

https://skeptics.nz

https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018715951

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12273065

0:24:22

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Naturopath O'Neill banned for life

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.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2019/10/02/naturopath-oneill-banned-for-life/

https://www.hccc.nsw.gov.au/Hearings---decisions/Public-statements-and-warnings/Public-Statement-and-Statement-of-Decision-in-relation-to-in-relation-to-Mrs-Barbara-O-Neill

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/03/naturopath-who-said-bicarbonate-soda-cures-cancer-banned-for-life-by-health-watchdog

0:38:19

Maynard's Spooky Action...

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.


Also

Skepticon 2019 - https://skepticon.org.au

Skeptoid 13th Birthday - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAD0h7-YG3c&t=38700

BrusFri - Noise Reduction - https://klevgrand.se/products/brusfri

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The Skeptic Zone #572 - 29 September 2019

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0:00:00

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Richard Saunders

0:04:55

Area 51 - No Aliens Set Free

We chat to noted paranormal expert Ben Redford about the fiasco at area 51. A good day for those who like to dance, but alas no aliens were set free to travel back to their home planet.

https://squaringthestrange.wordpress.com

0:13:56

The Wallaby Award

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.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2019/09/26/australian-skeptics-calls-for-nominations-for-media-prize

0:19:10

The Raw Skeptic Report... With Heidi Robertson

A Queensland chiropractor-turned-alternative healer sold bottled water as a vaccine for the deadly Hendra virus. - By Warren Barnsley

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6394940/qld-healer-sold-water-as-hendra-vaccine

0:26:52

From the pages of The Skeptic - Did We Say That?

Creationists farewell some old friends.

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au


Also

Skepticon 2019 - https://skepticon.org.au

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

Maynard's Movie Night - 3 October - http://www.tinyurl.com/fhmaynard

Heidi Robertson


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The Skeptic Zone #571 - 22 September 2019

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Richard Saunders

0:02:10

Interview with Baily Harris

13-year old Bailey Harris is an author, speaker, and advocate for freethought and human rights. She is the author of the Stardust series of science books for young readers.

https://stardustscience.com

0:17:17

The Winchester Mystery House

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.

https://winchestermysteryhouse.com

0:29:30

Life is Wild... with Michelle Franklin

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.

0:37:15

The War Room at GSoW

Computers, cables, cats and chaos. Welcome to the 'War Room' of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

https://abouttimeproject.wordpress.com


Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Listening to the universe with gravitational waves

http://meetu.ps/e/HcbCf/SSz1/a

Bailey Harris


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The Skeptic Zone #570 - 15 September 2019

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Greetings from the Surf Coast Spring Skepticamp 2019

0:00:00

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Richard Saunders

0:03:15

Skeptical Outreach at the Solano Stroll

Join members of the Bay Area Skeptics as they conduct PK (Psychokinesis or Telekinesis) tests at the famous Solano Stroll, one of the biggest street fairs in North America.

With Dr Eugenie Scott, William Patterson and Steve Nelson.

http://www.baskeptics.org

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solano_Avenue_Stroll

0:23:55

The Raw Skeptic Report... With Heidi Robertson

News Byron Bay measles outbreak result of 'irresponsible parents'

Health authorities are bracing for a measles outbreak in the anti-vax heartland of Byron Bay after a local unvaccinated child caught measles in New Zealand and returned to the town.
- By Jane Hansen

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au

https://www.nrvs.info

0:34:49

Vale: Skeptic and psychic debunker Robert Lancaster

Robert Lancaster, noted American skeptical activist who created the website Stop Sylvia Browne, died on September 7 following a long illness from a stroke in 2008 and heart attack in 2011.

In 2008, Lancaster launched the website devoted to debunking clams made by 'psychic' Sylvia Browne. His investigations revealed many instances of Browne's psychic 'visions' being entirely wrong.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2019/09/08/vale-skeptic-and-psychic-debunker-robert-lancaster/

0:39:48

I think we need to think... With Susan Gerbic

Susan gives us an overview of recent Wikipedia updates.

https://abouttimeproject.wordpress.com/guerrilla-skepticism-on-wikipedia/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Pozner

https://www.meetup.com/Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/264599424

0:47:53

Nutshell Wiki with Moriel Schottlender

You need a great cheat sheet? Summarize quick references? Quick notes to remind people about a great historical event? Help improve Nutshell Wiki by adding content.

You can start browsing the current categories, improve the current articles, or add your own.

https://nutshell.wiki/wiki/Main_Page


Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Listening to the universe with gravitational waves

http://meetu.ps/e/HcbCf/SSz1/a

Richard Saunders and Eugenie Scott


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