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The Skeptic Zone #468 - 8 Oct 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:40

Interview with Ben Radford

We ask Ben about so-called "Psychic Detectives", people who investigate crimes by using purported paranormal psychic abilities.

Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy.

https://squaringthestrange.wordpress.com/

0:24:40

“Australian-first” penalties for male hormone clinic

Wellness Enterprises Pty Limited, which traded as Australian Male Hormone Clinic, has been fined $127,500 plus costs after being found guilty and convicted of 17 charges related to unlawful advertising of regulated health services.

Charges brought by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) followed advertisements the business published in newspapers around Australia between February and August 2017 for treatment of testosterone deficiency.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/10/05/australian-first-penalties-for-male-hormone-clinic/

0:30:30

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats Leo Igwe at the European Skeptics Congress. Leo Igwe is a Nigerian human rights advocate and humanist. Igwe is a former Western and Southern African representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and has specialized in campaigning against and documenting the impacts of child witchcraft accusations.

0:43:22

Maynard's spooky action... at a distance

BUNGA BUNGA LIVE! The Festival of Dumb Ideas

The hilarious podcast BUNGA BUNGA will be performed & recorded live!
Tuesday 14th November at their local, The Harold Park Hotel, Glebe. Funny man Maynard & even funnier man Tim Ferguson, present an evening of comedy, wits and foolishness..

Tuesday 14th November
$15 (el cheapo)
Harold Park Hotel, Glebe

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=325500&

0:45:16

Susan Gerbic on tour in Italy

Susan chats to Chiara Pasquini

CICAP
(Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences)

CICAP reaches out to the public through conferences and public lectures, radio and television appearances, through the publication of Query a quarterly magazine (formerly Scienza & Paranormale, ‘Science & Paranormal’), books and articles regarding these topics, through the conservation of a library and an archive of articles. Additional material, both on CICAP own research as well as foreigner skeptical and scientific papers translated into Italian, is published on QueryOnline, the online version of the printed magazine.

http://www.ecso.org/organization/cicap/

0:51:26

Loose Ends

We hear from Dr Angie Mattke from the USA.

Also...

Australian Skeptics
- Late night radio segment with Mike Williams
http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/

Australian Skeptics
- Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell
https://omny.fm/shows/john-and-garry/the-skeptics-debunk-all-things-ufo-or-do-they

Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au

CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Bed and Leo

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The Skeptic Zone #468 - 8 Oct 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:40

Interview with Dr Pamela Gay

We find out how Dr Pamela Gay and you can help NASA analyze more than 1.5 million images taken by astronauts on the International Space Station!

They need your help analyzing these images – this is a task only a human like you can accomplish. Please join them in enhancing NASA’s extensive catalogue of astronaut images that can be used for science and enjoyed for their beauty.

https://cosmoquest.org/x/beta/

http://www.astronomycast.com/

https://www.astrosociety.org/

0:23:14

SHONKY Awards

CHOICE's annual awards name and shame the shonkiest products and companies taking advantage of Australian consumers. - SHONKY: (adjective) Australian slang meaning "unreliable, unsound, dishonest, poor or of dubious quality; shoddy".

https://www.choice.com.au/shonky-awards

0:30:55

Maynard's spooky action... at a distance

Billie and the Dinosaurs

Interviews with Tim Ferguson, Geoff and David Willis

Three hundred million years ago, the world of the dinosaurs was called Pangea - a landmass that covered half the Earth until it broke into two supercontinents - Laurasia and Gondwanaland, which then broke into even more pieces, the largest of which was the island continent of Australia.

Then, a great asteroid smashed into the Earth. And this started the Ice Age!
And just like that, the dinosaurs were gone. Extinct. At least that’s what Mrs Chalkmore taught her Year 4 class; and only one of her students knew that she was completely and utterly wrong - a girl called Billie.

http://www.billieandthedinosaurs.com

0:40:07

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats to Massimo Polidoro and James Randi at the European Skeptics Congress.

0:45:50

Susan Gerbic on tour in Germany

Susan chats to Holm Gero Hümmler who has been active in the German skeptics' group GWUP since 1990s. He was a regional spokesman and convenor for the Frankfurt area. For several years he was an editor of The Skeptiker magazine

http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au

1:01:50

Loose Ends

We hear from Tamara Pawluk from Canada via Voice Byte.

Wood Art By Tam - https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WoodArtByTam

Also...

Australian Skeptics
- Late night radio segment with Mike Williams
http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/

Australian Skeptics
- Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell
https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
QED - Manchester http:https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=skepticss//www.qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester http://www.skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

David - Tim - Geoff

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The Skeptic Zone #467 - 1 Oct 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:07:00

Interview with Stevyn Colgan

Stevyn Colgan is a British writer, artist and speaker. A former researcher and scriptwriter for the BBC TV series QI and the regular QI Annuals, and for QI's BBC Radio 4 sister show The Museum of Curiosity.

Why did the policeman cross the road? TED X
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFfUskk2aXg

https://unbound.com/books/why-did-the-policeman-cross-the-road

https://unbound.com/books/a-murder-to-die-for

0:25:34

Australian Skeptics offers funds for skeptical programs and activities

Australian Skeptics Inc (ASI) is committed to increasing and fostering the skeptical movement in Australia, and consequently has a history of supporting various programs around Australia that promote our aims

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/25/asi-offers-funds-for-skeptical-programs-and-activities/

0:27:34

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

On Sept 22, we said happy birthday to scientist and inventor, Michael Faraday (1791-1867). A huge thank you for all the contributions you've made from the electric motor to his discoveries with electromagnetism. We couldn't be here without you!

https://www.australiascience.tv

0:29:39

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats Claire Klingenberg before and just after the European Skeptics Congress.

0:37:28

Homeopathy is still nonsense

Homeopathic remedies are 'nonsense and risk significant harm' say 29 European scientific bodies. NHS has said it will stop offering the alternative treatment - which has several high-profile celebrity fans.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homeopathy-nonsense-risk-harm-29-european-academies-science-advisory-council-remedies-a7963786.html

0:45:50

Susan Gerbic from the European Skeptics Congress

Susan chats to Mentalist and Paranormal Investigator Jakub Kroulik from the Czech Republic. Also She catches up with some of her editors, Ryan Harding and Walkeria Rubles from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au

Also...

Australian Skeptics
- Late night radio segment with Mike Williams
http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/

Australian Skeptics
- Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell
https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
QED - Manchester http:https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=skepticss//www.qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester http://www.skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Stevyn Colgan

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The Skeptic Zone #466 - 24 Sept 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:00

Susan Gerbic

All roads lead to Europe and the European Skeptics Congress. We catch up with Susan Gerbic as she travels from country to country, making her way to the main event.

http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au

0:16:35

Bent Spoon nominations for 2017

The nominations for the 2017 Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon award have been published, featuring an array of potential winners and dis-honourees.

The Spoon is awarded to the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle of the year, and is one of the least sought-after awards on the woo calendar. Past winners include Paleo Pete Evans, Homeopathy Plus, the Lutec free energy generator, a whole range of universities, and a psychic dentist.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/21/bent-spoon-nominations-for-2017-abc-nicm-newcastle-city-council-and-more/

0:20:20

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Kelly Wong

History became HERstory when researchers used genomics to confirm that a Viking warrior was, in fact female - not male as anthropologists and historians had assumed.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-technology-rewrites-history/

0:22:00

A Piece of his Mind - With Professor Paul Willis

No Time for Heroes

Heroes on the big screen are all very well, but should we be looking to more realistic answers to the problems of the world?

Media Engagement Services
https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au

0:28:13

Anti-vaccination GP John Piesse - Update

Dr John Piesse suspended from practice - Children in peril due to his actions - What he really thinks about vaccination.

Mitcham anti-vax doctor John Piesse suspended by medical board
https://tinyurl.com/ydaraz9o

Kinder Kids - Herald Sun
https://tinyurl.com/ycvajfz6

0:35:00

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats Yoav Landsman about his work with Space IL and the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE to get to the moon.

http://www.spaceil.com/mission

https://lunar.xprize.org

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
with Mike Williams
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Susan Gerbic

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The Skeptic Zone #465 - 17 Sept 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:05

An interview with Kurt Andersen

We discuss his new book
FANTASYLAND: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

Conspiracy Theories: Nearly 1/2 of Americans believe that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. 1/3 believe global warming is a hoax. 1/3 believe that extraterrestrials have visited (or now reside) on earth. 1/4 believe that U.S. officials planned the 9/11 attacks. How did we arrive at this point?

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/209776/fantasyland-by-kurt-andersen/9781400067213/

0:16:30

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

Your 5 Step Asteroid Success Plan. Want to become an asteroid mining magnate? Thanks to a new law in Luxembourg we've come up with a foolproof five step plan.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-your-5-step-asteroid-success-plan/

0:18:40

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, one of Australia's top science communicators, talks to Maynard about dreams, memories, tiny spiders and loud shirts!

0:38:17

Live report from an Anti-Vax Rally in Sydney

Richard Saunders
reports from a remarkable poorly attended ant-vaccination rally in Sdyney and is confronted by one of the organisers.

Also, The NSW Parliament has passed legislation removing exemptions for conscientious objection in vaccination rules and tightening vaccination requirements for childcare centres and schools.

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will no longer be allowed to enrol them in child care with the “conscientious objector” option scrapped from January 2018.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/14/nsw-parliament-no-conscientious-objection-to-vaccination

0:52:35

Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize, turned down on TV

Ruthie Phillips, who bills herself as “Australia’s Top Clairvoyant-Medium”, has turned down an offer to be tested for the Australian Skeptics’ $100,000 challenge.

The offer was made to her by Australian Skeptics Inc committee member Richard Saunders on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise program on September 9.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/11/top-clairvoyant-refuses-skeptics-100000-challenge

Richard Saunders on Sundrise TV - Video
https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/37020419/prove-youre-a-psychic-and-win-100-000/#page1

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Comedy Writing Masterclass with Tim Ferguson
http://www.cheekymonkeycomedy.com/comedy-writing-masterclass-2

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Dr Karl

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The Skeptic Zone #464 - 10 Sept 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

Including an update on anti-vaccination GP John Piesse.

http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/medical-regulator-police-raid-antivax-gp-john-piesses-mitcham-clinic-20170909-gye3ak.html

0:06:15

Stranger Things Down Under at the Oz Paranormal Expo

Join Lara Benham, Alethia Dean and Richard Saunders as they once again brave the wonders of the paranormal expo.

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

http://www.ozparaexpo.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/sydney.ufoclub

http://www.moonlarkmedia.com

http://www.appighosthunts.com

0:18:45

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

Dr Landsman is an Israeli physician specialising in epidemiology and public health. She writes science fiction and the Hebrew blog ‘End of the world’.

http://www.realitybugs.me

http://midaat.org.il/

0:32:31

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Ben Lewis

Some scientists think humans have an upper age limit of 115, but others think we could live far longer. Our life expectancies are increasing, but the very oldest humans just aren't getting older.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-limit-of-your-lifespan/

0:36:36

Chris Higgins talks about SkeptiCamp in Manchester

A SkeptiCamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists.

At SkeptiCamp, it’s the attendees who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the days content, and anyone is welcome to present a talk. You don’t need to be a published author, famous podcaster or professional communicator to get involved. SkeptiCamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for all members of the skeptical community to share their ideas, collaborate and discuss the topics they’re passionate about.

skepticamp.co.uk

0:45:00

Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize

For amost 40 years, Australian Skeptics have offered a cash prize to anyone who can prove they have paranormal powers.

Paranormal proof: Australian Skeptics' $100,000 prize still unclaimed 37 years on
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-04/australian-skeptics-paranormal-proof-prize-still-unclaimed/8852060

Richard Saunders on Sundrise TV - Video
https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/37020419/prove-youre-a-psychic-and-win-100-000/#page1

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Dr Keren Landsman

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The Skeptic Zone #463 - 3 Sept 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:27

A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev

This week Eran chats to Cara Santa Maria.

Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is also part of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast.

http://carasantamaria.com

0:27:24

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Casey Harrigan

In the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the most dangerous things in the boxing ring might have been the gloves. This is why the ref's call - and declaration of Mayweather as the winner - was the right call.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-most-dangerous-thing-in-boxing-may-be-the-gloves/

0:29:10

An interview with Prof. Paul Willis

Paul is a former Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, presenter on ABC TV's Catalyst program, palaeontologist and career science communicator.

His life has centred around telling stories for science. His career in science communications has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s premier science communications organisation. His is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University.

https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au

0:46:40

The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

In the last of her reports from 'Star Stuff', Heidi chats to Frank about Astro Anarchy.

https://www.facebook.com/Astro-Anarchy-295399253967757

0:50:56

Anti-Vax GP update

Embattled anti-vaccination GP John Piesse has agreed to temporarily stop practising as a doctor after he was advised that his medical registration could be suspended.

also

'World's number 1 anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia

The self-proclaimed "world's number one anti-vaxxer" has been denied permission to visit Australia.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively? would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations.


http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/worlds-number-1-antivaxxer-kent-heckenlively-denied-entry-to-australia-20170831-gy7u82.html

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-agrees-to-stop-practising-as-a-doctor-20170831-gy87dp.html


Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Cara Santa Maria

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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.

YouTube
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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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