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The Skeptic Zone #582 - 8 December 2019

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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 Skeptic Zone #581 - 1 December 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:03:25
Skeptical Activism

We hit the street outside the State Theatre in Sydney to hand out skeptical information flyers to the crowd lining up to see the "talking to the dead" performer John Edward.

Thanks to Trish Hann and Lara Benham.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/psychics-questions-to-ask
0:21:13
Pint Sized Fun

Tim Mendham looks at the history of Skeptics in the Pub. From the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine
0:32:18
The Bent Spoon Award through the years

A look back via online archives at the some of the press reports on the Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon Award over the decades.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/australian-skeptics-jeer-meryl-dorey

https://www.skeptics.com.au/features/bent-spoon

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Saunders, Benham and Hann
Saunders, Benham and Hann
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The Skeptic Zone #580 - 24 November 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:05:45
Skeptical Adventures with Dick Smith

Australian Skeptics patron Dick Smith tells of the time he flew out James Randi to take part in Australia's largest water divining challenge. Also other investigations and adventures over the years.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsudGI1mVCMP3D-YedfDUFzgEvtc_UfgA

0:27:05
Good Thinking Society takes on Ear Candles

The BBC's Executive Complaints Unit has upheld a Good Thinking Society complaint against "Claudia tries... Ear Candling", a short video which appeared on the Glasgow based digital platform, The Social. They were concerned that the video gave the misleading impression that ear candling is both effective and safe.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org/bbc-upholds-our-complaint-against-claudia-tries-ear-candling
0:34:00
Bailey Harris visits Ark Encounter

What better way to spend Easter weekend than to take a tour of the Ark Encounter and expose the anti-science that it bleeds from every pore! That is just what author and secular activist Bailey Harris, partnered with Secular Student Alliance, did earlier this year.

https://youtu.be/XYnyKnQHY64
0:40:34
The Hole in the Pole - Part #3

Virtually every religion refers to a subterranean world which is variously an afterlife (hell, purgatory, or Elysian Fields) or a secret place where other civilisations do their business. The Greeks had Hades, the Jews Sheol, the Tibetan Buddhists have Shamballa, the Nordic people have Svartalfaheimr, the Hindu Patala. And, of course, the Christians have Hell. Tim Mendham looks at varoius adventres to try and find the world beneath.

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

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Dick Smith
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The Skeptic Zone #579 - 17 November 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:02:49
Anti-Vax Zealot in Medical Centre

The bizarre story of a conspiracy theorist bluffing his way into a medical centre to get them to remove pro-vaccination posters from the walls.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/anti-vaxxer-impersonated-official-demanded-clinic-pull-health-posters-20191114-p53am5.html

https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/impersonation-commonwealth-public-officials

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwH13-sneXs
0:13:08
Skeptical Investigations

As part of a record of the history of Australian Skeptics, Ian Bryce tells of some of the early investigations into amazing claims in the 1980s.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsudGI1mVCMP3D-YedfDUFzgEvtc_UfgA
0:25:38
Bent Spoon Nominations for 2019

At a recent Sydney Skeptics in the Pub event, Richard Saunders told the audience of some of some of the nominations for this year's Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon award for the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/features/bent-spoon/
0:30:57
Tim Mendham - Editor

Tim tells us how he gathers stories for publication in 'The Skeptic' Magazine from Australian Skeptics.
0:35:32
The Hole in the Pole - Part #2

Virtually every religion refers to a subterranean world which is variously an afterlife (hell, purgatory, or Elysian Fields) or a secret place where other civilisations do their business. The Greeks had Hades, the Jews Sheol, the Tibetan Buddhists have Shamballa, the Nordic people have Svartalfaheimr, the Hindu Patala. And, of course, the Christians have Hell. Tim Mendham looks at varoius adventres to try and find the world beneath.

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

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Pro-Vax Poster

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The Skeptic Zone #578 - 10 November 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:04:24
CSICon 2019 Interviews - Part #3

Rob Palmer, aka the well known skeptic, with part #3 of his interview series from CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas. This week paranormal investigator Kenny Biddle, from Point of Inquiry Kavin Senapathy, GSoW editor Brandi and Aedan, and local Las Vegas student Daniel Spangler.

https://www.facebook.com/TWKSkeptic/

https://skepticalinquirer.org/authors/rob-palmer/
0:17:48
M 209 Cipher Machine

Dr Steve Roberts, expert on codes and ciphers, talks about the M 209 Cipher Machine from WWII.

https://simonsingh.net/books/the-code-book
0:29:55
The Hole in the Pole - Part #1

Virtually every religion refers to a subterranean world which is variously an afterlife (hell, purgatory, or Elysian Fields) or a secret place where other civilisations do their business. The Greeks had Hades, the Jews Sheol, the Tibetan Buddhists have Shamballa, the Nordic people have Svartalfaheimr, the Hindu Patala. And, of course, the Christians have Hell. Tim Mendham looks at varoius adventres to try and find the world beneath.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine
0:46:11
Skepticon 2012 Update

We chat to Michelle Bijkersma from the Vic Skeptics to find out the lineup of international and local speakers appearing at the Australian Skeptics National Convention.

https://skepticon.org.au

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Richard Saunders and Michelle Bijkersma
Richard Saunders and Michelle Bijkersma
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The Skeptic Zone #577 - 3 November 2019

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0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:03:09
Another strike against Homeopathy

The head of the NHS launches an outspoken attack on the homeopathy industry for peddling deadly anti-vaccine myths. Simon Stevens accuses practitioners of spreading toxic 'misinformation' about jabs, which poses 'a significant danger to human health'.

We get the background on the story from Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7619805/NHS-chief-blasts-homeopathy-dangerous-blames-industry-fuelling-antivaxx-myths.html
0:14:16
CSICon 2019 Interviews - Part #2

Guest reporter Rob Palmer talks to Elizabeth Loftus about false memories, Jim Underdown about investigating paranormal claims, Janyce Boynton about Facilitated Communication and Joe Schwarcz about demystifying science.
0:33:16
Geeks, Gamers, Nerds & Kids

Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics, reads an item from Vol. 39 No.1. What is the cross-over between the Nerds and the Skeptics?

https://www.skeptics.com.au

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Michael Marshall
Good Thinking with Marsh
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The Skeptic Zone #576 - 27 October 2019

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
0:03:30
0:14:17
CSICon 2019 Interviews - Part #1

Guest reporter Rob Palmer chats to Seth Shostak about the search for alien life, Paula from Argentina, Mentalist Mark Edward and Natalia and Carlos from Brazil.
0:34:14
Fighting Words - Part #2

Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics, reads a feature from Vol. 39 No. 2. A look at the history and meaning of "Free Speech".

https://www.skeptics.com.au

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Rob and Paula
Rob and Paula
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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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