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Science and Reason - Since 2008
Skeptic Zone #574 - 13 October 2019
Indroduction Richard Saunders
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The War Room at GSoW
Computers, cables, cats and chaos. Welcome to the 'War Room' of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.
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!
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by Richard Saunders
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