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The Skeptic Zone #723 - 14 August 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:36
Interview with Jon Guy

Put simply, Think Straight is an owner's manual for the human brain. Drawing from the vast history of scientific and cognitive research, this book is a tour de force through the science and philosophy of the human mind, and what it means to think as a rational human being in the 21st century.

https://twitter.com/SkepticJonGuy

https://www.amazon.com/Think-Straight-Owners-Manual-Mind/dp/1633887979

0:15:34
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Tim and Richard talk about the Bent Spoon Award from Australian Skeptics. Nominations are now open for 2022.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/about/activities/bent-spoon/

0:23:16
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:33:36
Jim Wilshire - Skeptical Poem

Bachelor of Seance

0:35:02
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Prof. Ray Hyman.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
  • 1993, Secrets of the Psychics - NOVA PBS https://youtu.be/41hJ6DY8xLI?t=1427
  • 1988, 4th February - The Alton Telegraph
  • 1995, 24th October - Arlington Heights News - Daily Herald
  • 1994, 4th December - The Brazosport Facts - Texas
Jon Guy
Thinking


A Hill
News


Mendham
Bent Spoon


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #722 - 7 August 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:30
Ben Radford

America the Fearful

National panics about crime, immigrants, police, and societal degradation have been pervasive in the United States of the 21st century. Many of these fears begin as mere phantom fears, but are systematically amplified by social media, news media, bad actors and even well-intentioned activists. There are numerous challenges facing the U.S., but Americans must sort through which fears are legitimate threats and which are amplified exaggerations. This book examines the role of fear in national panics and addresses why many Americans believe the country is in horrible shape and will continue to deteriorate (despite contradictory evidence).

https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/america-the-fearful

0:25:25
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Never Ending Story By Anthony Garrett - Part 2

A report on the never ending search for perpetual motion and free energy.

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 36 No. 3

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:39:42
Jim Wilshire - Skeptical Poem

Mostly Ghostly

0:42:24
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the day the city of Adelaide was not destroyed in 1976.

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
  • 1976, 1st January - The Canberra Times
  • 1976, 12th January - The Canberra Times
  • 1976, 14th January - Papua New Guinea Post Courier
  • 1976, 15th January - The Canberra Times
  • 1976, 17th November - The Canberra Times
  • 1976, 20th November - The Canberra Times

Also
Tests of the paranormal by Australian Skeptics over the decades

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsudGI1mVCMPpxJt0PP8ZQ2ouzO8uCejx
Radford
New Book


Mendham
Perpetual Motion


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #721 - 31 July 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:55
VALE Jim Wilshire

A tribute to our late voice-over man and decades long friend of producer Richard Saunders.

Video: Jim in action recording for The Skeptic Zone in 2011
https://youtu.be/nFByyeTIqEQ

0:14:08
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:23:02
Maynard's Spooky Action

We catch up wtih our roving and raving reporter. What's up next for Maynard? What does he have on his own podcast and where will he be appearing? Find out as we sip a coffee with our man in the street.

https://maynard.com.au

0:30:48
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Pyramid Power".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Jim Wilshire
VALE


Adrienne
News


Maynard
Goose


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #720 - 24 July 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:54
Lessons in Science and Pseudoscience

Science educator Melanie Trecek-King tells us about her recent report in 'The Skeptic' magazine (Australia) about the differences between science, pseudoscience and science denial.

Melanie is a science educator at a community college in Massachusetts. A few years ago, while teaching general education biology to students who really didn't want to be there, she thought to herself: What does the average person need to know about science? The stages of mitosis and protein synthesis? Or how the process of science works?

https://thinkingispower.com

0:22:34
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Never Ending Story By Anthony Garrett - Part 1

A report on the never ending search for perpetual motion and free energy.

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 36 No. 3

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:41:06
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Alien Abductions".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
  • 1992, 18th November - The Nashua Telegraph
  • 2019, 27th June - The Chronicle Telegram - Ohio

Also
The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You To See

http://theufo.movie
MTK
What is Science?


Tim
Book of Tim


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #719 - 17 July 2022

Dedicated to the memory of Jim Wilshire

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

Vale Jim Wilshire


0:04:06
Oh No! It's Ross Blocher

We catch up with one one hardest working skeptical podcasters in the business, Ross Blocher from the popular "Oh No Ross and Carrie" show.

https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/oh-no-ross-and-carrie

0:18:56
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?
Read by Adrienne Hill.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:29:22
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Astrology".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
  • 1986, 15th June - The Canberra Times
  • 1986, 2nd August - The Canberra Times
  • 1986, 21st August - The Canberra Times

Also
The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You To See

http://theufo.movie
Jim Wilshire
Vale


Ross
Oh No!


Adrienne Hill
News


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #718 - 10 July 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:36
I Think We Need To Think

News and views with Susan Gerbic. The end of a paranormal test in New Zealand, GSoW news and the great Jerry Andrus project.

https://www.abouttimeproject.org

0:18:31
Mentalism with Mark Edward

Mark Edward pulls the wool over Richard Saunders and Susan Gerbic with an amazing display of mentalism with ESP cards.

http://themarkedward.com

0:30:54
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Andrija Puharich".

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Gerbic
GSoW


M Edward
ESP Cards


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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Solar Flare

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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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Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and a 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
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It's old time radio from the future!

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