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The Skeptic Zone #552 - 19 May 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:02:50 Down the Rabbit Hole

An interview with author Mick West about his new podcast and a discussion about conspiracy theories is in general.

https://www.tftrh.com

https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Rabbit-Hole-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B077YS5G2N/

0:21:00 Skeptics Vs Psychic Surgeon

In 1984, two members of Australian Skeptics went undercover to try and expose a psychic surgeon. The whole thing ended up in court with surprising results.

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

Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Skepticalcon San Francisco

http://www.skepticalcon.org

Mick West

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The Skeptic Zone #551 - 12 May 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:00

A Piece of His Mind... with Prof. Paul Willis

The Mystery in the Dinosaur's Belly

Palaeo Pictures is a video documentary production company specialising in stories from palaeontology. They are run by an expert palaeontologist with extensive media production experience. They tell their stories through the palaeontologists and they follow the research as it is actually happening.

http://palaeopictures.com

https://m.facebook.com/PalaeoPictures/

0:19:00 Dr Karl... on the RUN!

We catch up, just about, with one Australia's leading science communicators. Dr Karl talks about the Flat Earth movement and the impact of Anti-Vaxers.

http://www.drkarl.com

0:26:42 Rolling up our Sleeves against the Flu

For the second year running, Australian Skeptics host a flu vaccination clinic in Sydney. Interviews with people prepared to roll up the sleeves to fight the flu. Many thanks to Dr Brad McKay.

Includes the first episode of the new web series, 'fact_me_oz' with Trish Hann.

http://www.twitter.com/fact_me_oz

0:40:10 A Pint of Science

Pint of Science Australia runs events to bring researchers across all fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to share their recent discoveries with the local community. You don't need any science background to attend a #PintAU19 event. It's an opportunity to find out how research today is impacting our lives tomorrow, ask questions, and to meet some really inspiring people.

A chat with Tom and Jirana, the National directors for Pint of Science Australia.

https://pintofscience.com.au

0:49:16 Life is Wild.... With Michelle Franklin

Do you remember a few years back when a rich and famous actor decided to bring his beloved pets to Australia on a holiday, but instead of doing it the legal way, by putting them through quarantine first, he decided to just smuggle them in and not tell anyone....

Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Skepticalcon San Francisco

http://www.skepticalcon.org

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/SocialSkepticsCanberra

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

Jesscia and Dr Brad

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The Skeptic Zone #550 - 5 May 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:52

M S S X

Alice Howarth and Laurie Phillips

Celebrate ten years of the Merseyside Skeptics Society at the special one-day event at the Liner Hotel in Liverpool.

It’s been ten years since the first meeting of the MSS, and ten years since the first episode of Skeptics with a K – the UK’s longest-running skeptical podcast.

http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/category/mssx/

0:13:46 Astrology in the White House

Astrology, which seems to be enjoying a renaissance among millennials and Gen Xers, is only one sad example from our flabby-minded post-truth era. - By Ron Reagan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2019/04/25/feature/spring-cleaning-2019-eight-things-to-toss/

0:28:50 Jessica Singer on SitP

What does it take to run a Skeptics in the Pub event? We ask Jessica Singer from Australian Skeptics about her trip to vist SitP in London.

http://london.skepticsinthepub.org/

0:42:08 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Once again Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub to find out what people think of the large cash prize offered by Australian Skeptics.
Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Skepticamp in Brisbane

http://www.brisbaneskeptics.org/2019-skepticamp

Skepticalcon San Francisco

http://www.skepticalcon.org

Maynard

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The Skeptic Zone #549 - 28 April 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:40 No Spirts in the Spirit Box

We chat to Kenny Biddle about his investigations into the strange and bizarre device known as a spirit box. Proponents of this box claim it is a conduit to communicate with the souls of the dead.

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/groundbreaking-ghost-experiment-breaks-no-ground/

Geeks and Ghosts

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgVvr4HhIEKXdWu-VQplnbg

0:18:52 Susan Gerbic in the UK

A catch up with Susan as she tours the UK. Also we hear about Mark Edward and his Victorian style seances.
0:27:45 A Ghostly Investigation

From the pages of the Skeptic magazine, a ghostly tale of investigations with a haunted house, graveyards and a skeptical reporter.

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

Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Flu Vax Day

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2019/04/09/free-flu-vaccination-day-in-sydney-may-4/

Skepticalcon San Francisco

http://www.skepticalcon.org

Maynard's Love Shack

http://www.maynard.com.au/maynards-loveshack-returns-saturday-may-4th

Kenny Biddle

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The Skeptic Zone #548 - 21 April 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:10 Interview with Professor Dave

Dave Farina aka 'Professor Dave', tells us about his series of free educational videos covering many scientific disciplines. Also his battle with Flat Earthers!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0cd_-e49hZpWLH3UIwoWRA

Response to Globebusters - The Earth Still Isn't Flat
https://youtu.be/XONAgf9Eg9U

https://professordavedebates.simplecast.fm

0:21:20 Anti-vax naturopath banned

A naturopath has been banned from providing any health service by the Health Care Complaints Commission. By Jane Hansen

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/antivax-naturopath-banned-after-watchdog-puts-bite-on-her-claims/news-story/d2e196142433676619ffa45902182fd7

0:24:20 Superstition in Sport

Why do some athletes cling to superstitions? A brief interview with Kristine Dun.
0:29:25 Flying Sorcery

From the pages of 'The Skeptic Magazine', searching the skies for evidence of UFOs and a history of hoaxes. By Steve Roberts

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

0:39:30 Maynard's Love Shack #2

People all over Sydney are rushing, hushing and flushing to The Red Bar in Glebe for the underrated date of Saturday May 4th, 8pm til midnight for Maynard's Loveshack.

Maynard the retro DJ behind the Madd Club and many other happenings over the decades, presents a night of shameless sounds that celebrate the pop and pretentiousness of the late 20th century.

http://maynard.com.au/maynards-loveshack-returns-saturday-may-4th

Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Prof. Dave

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The Skeptic Zone #547 - 14 April 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:56 Maynard's Spooky Action

Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the pub and asks pubbers the big question,
"What topics, if any, should skeptics give up?"

0:19:24 Maynard's Spooky Action - part #2

Australia in Space. An interview with Kerrie Dougherty about Australia's involvement in the space race.

Kerrie Dougherty is an independent space historian, curator and writer and a lecturer in the Space Humanities department of the International Space University.

https://www.amazon.com.au/Australia-Space-Kerrie-Dougherty/dp/1925309657

0:27:10 Mind your Spirit, Body and Wallet

We look at 30 years of the Mind Body Spirit festival in Australia.

An interview with Tim Mendham editor of 'The Skeptic Magazine' from Australian Skeptics.

0:43:30 So-called 'Psychic Detectives' sensing nothing

There's a reason police don't work with psychics. Psychics don't work. Which is a bit of an issue in the results-orientated realms in which police and search-and-rescue personnel operate. With the best will in the otherworld, not one example of face-scrunched, chest-tightening, I-feel-such-a-chill emoting has yet solved a single New Zealand murder or resolved a search.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/opinion/111702736/psychic-information-an-oxymoronic-offering-for-police-searches

Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

Flu Vax Day

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2019/04/09/free-flu-vaccination-day-in-sydney-may-4/

Canberra Skeptics talk

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/SocialSkepticsCanberra/

Kerrie Dougherty

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The Skeptic Zone #546 - 7 April 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:00 Science Outreach with Dr Kate Carter

Kate Carter, Director of Community Science Education at NCSE. Kate joined NCSE in 2018, after lecturing in biology and working in curriculum development and informal education. She holds a Ph.D. in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University.

https://www.ncse.com

0:26:10 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Something does smell right in New Zealand Schools. An Auckland primary school has pulled therapeutic diffusers from the classroom after a high court threat from a parent who said the essential oils could trigger asthma attacks.

Heidi looks into Essential Oils. What are they, what of the claims and do they live up to them?

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12217639

0:42:00 Mind Body Spirit and Money

Thursday, November 16, 1989, was an auspicious day for the New Age in Australia. It marked the opening of the four-day Festival for Mind, Body, Spirit, what is surely the largest gathering so far of New Age marketing yet held in this country.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/

Kate Carter

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The Skeptic Zone #545 - 31 March 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:10 What would Darwin say...

A interview with Dr Eugenie Scott about what she thinks Charles Darwin would have to say to today's 'Young Earth Creationists'.
0:14:55 Measles Outbreak Emergency

New York county declares Measles outbreak emergency. Rockland County, north of New York City, has barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed. Also Measles fear in the Bay Area.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/03/26/measles-santa-clara-county-apple-stanford-macys-exposure/

0:25:15 Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub

We head to Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub, near SFO Airport, to enjoy a Guinness, a meal and good company. We ask the big question, 'should you argue with somebody who is wrong on the Internet?' With Greg Dorais, Leonard Tramiel and more.

https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Skeptics/

http://bayareascience.org/calendar/

0:41:20 Australian Skeptics looking for 'psychic detectives'

Many self-professed psychics claim to have assisted police by providing "insights" into the whereabouts of missing persons, finding evidence, etc. The newspaper headline "Psychic helps in huntforwoman" is commonplace, but rarely do we hear of any follow-up on how useful the psychic's advice (or the newspapers) would lead one to believe.

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

Also

Skepticon 2019

https://skepticon.org.au

https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics

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

Dr Eugenie Scott

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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
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

 

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!

Solar Flare episode 1


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