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The Skeptic Zone #589 - 26 January 2020

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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
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 Skeptic Zone #586 - 5 January 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders live from Skepticamp Monterey, USA
0:01:54
Talking to the Dead at RSL Clubs

Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders report on Australian Skeptics' investigations into those performers who claim to contact the dead at venues dedicated to the memory of those fallen in war. - Read by Richard Saunders



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

0:32:06
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week...

SGU Book Sales
Bob Novella from SGU
Deligate Sam
Ross Balch from Brisbane
Mark Edward

Nightmare Alley - Movie

https://youtu.be/4zW1uWX5ShE

Also
Maynard's 2020 Calendar

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

Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII
Saunders at Skepticamp
Richard Saunders
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The Skeptic Zone #585 - 29 December 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:04:14
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week...

Thomas Westbrook - Holy Koolaid LLC is an anti-cult, educational organization that promotes scientific skepticism and free thought and is at the helm of the secular, pro-science movement.

Founded in 2015 by Thomas Westbrook, Holy Koolaid's online show has garnering millions of views with tens of thousands of subscribers and dozens of media appearances/collaborations.

https://holykoolaid.com
0:21:19
Dr Euginie Scott and SkeptiCal 2020

Dr Scott tells us about the next SkeptiCal one day convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also we discover a rare book by James Bond!

https://www.bibliomania.ws

0:30:32
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

This week Tim looks at those giants from the history of science who were just everyday people. How important is Citizen Science to the world? This report comes from an article called 'People Power'.

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

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Westbrook and Maynard
Westbrook and Maynard
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The Skeptic Zone #584 - 22 December 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:04:08
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week...

Jamie Lopez
Steve Roberts
Jessica Singer
Mandy-Lee Noble
Heidi Robertson

0:30:50
The Book of Tim... with Tim Mendham

What goes around. Speaking Spirits and Psychic Surgery. Tim follows the circular path and ends up at the begining in an endless loop of the paranormal.

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

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Heidi, Mandy and Maynard
Heidi, Mandy and Maynard
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The Skeptic Zone #583 - 15 December 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders and Maynard
0:03:37
The Raw Skeptic Report... With Heidi Robertson

Heidi reports on the recent deadly measles outbreak in Samoa. We also play the audio of her presentation at Skepticon 2019.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/aussie-health-experts-in-samoa-measles-epidemic-like-a-war-zone/news-story/b210fd48eeebc8cc1f459c87461a943b

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Samoa_measles_outbreak

https://nrvs.info

0:16:26
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week...

Michelle Bijkersma
Jo Thornely
Dr Paulie
Nathan Eggins
Nathleigh

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/zealot/id1245635983

http://www.gcskeptics.com

https://www.conspiracyofonesolo.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/nathleigh

0:39:05
The Book of Tim... with Tim Mendham

A look at the history of skeptical organisations around the world.

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

Jo Thornely and Maynard
Jo Thornely and Maynard
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The Skeptic Zone #582 - 8 December 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders and Maynard
0:03:05
Skeptical Road Trip

Join Maynard and Richard Saunders as they drive from Sydney to Melbourne to go to Skepticon 2019. Along the way they take photographs with of the Bent Spoon at various landmarks and try to beat the boredom of 10 hours on the road.
0:11:29
Maynard's Spooky Action...

In the first of a long series of interviews from Skepticon 2019, Maynard talks to..

Mark Edward
Susan Gerbic
Les Oates
Jay Novella


All'antico means 'the traditional way' and in the spirit of a classic Trattoria, the meals echo true home style cooking from Nonna's Southern Italian kitchen.

http://www.allantico.com.au

0:39:14
Geo Engineering with Tim Mendham

Once again Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, the journal from Australian Skeptics.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine
0:50:38
Australian Skeptics Annual Awards

All the winners and from this year's ASI awards, held at Skepticon 2019.

Road Trip
Road Trip
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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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