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The Skeptic Zone #693 - 16 January 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:30
Facebook and Foot Pads

A look at some of the ridiculous advertisements that appear on Facebook news feeds. From Foot Patches to Psychic Fairs and even Astral Projection, just what nonsense is being pushed out to thousands of Facebook users.

0:23:26
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:34:26
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

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Feet
Face the Feet


Adrienne Hill
Newsletter


Saunders
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Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #692 - 9 January 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:40
Sydney Skeptics in the Pub Trivia

Join Adrienne Hill and Richard Saunders as they deliver 30 tricky skeptical trivia questions. Have you got what it takes to get a good score? Test your skeptical knowledge with our curly questions.

0:28:30
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Power Balance tested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd0Gb9EgkHA

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Adrienne Hill
Trivia


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #691 - 2 January 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:30
Fired for getting a Vaccination

A woman in Australia has been sacked from a wellness clinic for the terrible crime of getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Also we look into the claims of cures using cannabis.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-16/byron-bay-church-of-ubuntu-worker-covid-vaccination/100703588

0:23:52
The Skeptical Fairy

The Skeptical Fairy Angel Godmother from the Internet visits a pub to bring cheer and merriment. Starring the voice talents Michelle Bijkersma, Maynard, Lara Benham and Richard Saunders

Thursday night, 6th January, Sydney Skeptics in the pub trivia night.

https://www.twitch.tv/australianskeptics

0:27:38
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Can John Braund cure cancer? Video.

https://youtu.be/G4PUkDX9X2U

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Saunders
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Fairy
Your Skeptical Fairy


Trove
Cancer Quacks


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #690 - 26 December 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:02
Flags, Magna Carta and Anti-Vaxxers

We take a look at why some anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and 'sov-cits' carry upside down flags and quote the Magna Carta of 1215 while marching in the streets. What would King John say??

0:20:11
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:34:16
A Dive into a Trove

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

Orgone is a pseudoscientific concept variously described as an esoteric energy or hypothetical universal life force.

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

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Adrienne Hill
Skeptics News


Covid
Marching in the Streets


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #689 - 19 December 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

The Great Australian Prediction Project

From the pages of 'The Skeptic', the journal from Australian Skeptics, comes the long awaited offical report into the accuracy of so-called "psychic predictions". Find out the background, the methodology and the all important results and conclusions.

Read by Adrienne Hill and Richard Saunders.
00:02:14: The Great Aust. Psychic Prediction Project
00:05:19: History of Prophecies
00:10:37: The Project
00:13:34: Methodology
00:17:53: The Flow of Time
00:19:49: Assessing the Predictions
00:23:03: Correct or Wrong
00:27:41: Too Vague
00:30:30: Expected
00:32:34: Unknown 
00:33:50: Many Predictions in One
00:34:56: Easy to Predict but Difficult to Analyse
00:36:29: Predictable Complaints
00:43:10: Self-Assessment, Cherry Picking and Shoehorning
00:49:12: They did not see that coming
00:50:22: Control Group
00:51:54: If predictions worked as claimed
00:54:08: Looking into the Future
00:55:57: Conclusions
00:58:41: Some Statistics
00:59:14: Credits
01:00:10: About The Author
https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2041%20(2021)%20No%204%20(Cover).pdf

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/pondering-the-published-predictions-of-prominent-psychics

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Hill and Saunders
Predictions


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #688 - 12 December 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:45
The Ockham Awards

We talk to Michael Marshall from the UK about the recent Ockham Awards.

Michael is the project director of the Good Thinking Society and president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society.

https://www.skeptic.org.uk

0:18:20
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham calls in to give us an overview of what to expect in the new addition of 'The Skeptic' the journal from Australian Skeptics.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:31:06
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-468508573/view?partId=nla.obj-468562297#page/n3/mode/1up

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Marsh
Ockham Awards


Mendham
New Issue


Skeptical Fairy
Skeptical Fairy


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #687 - 5 December 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:30
A Day in Court

Bradley John Hill - the licensee of a Hunter Valley pub that breached public health orders in regards to COVID-19 - was fined in a Singleton courthouse on Thursday. But just who exactly was in court? Strange story indeed.

https://www.singletonargus.com.au/story/7534943/singleton-caledonian-licensee-fined-for-repeatedly-flouting-covid-19-public-health-orders/

0:11:35
Take Stock - With Shelley Stocken

Twins! Are you a twin? Are you psychic? Shelley Stocken asks her twin sister or is it the other way around? Another classic from our late and much missed reporter Shelley.

0:20:25
"Freedom" Protest in Melbourne

Reporter Michelle Bijkersma ventures out into the streets of Melbourne to observe firsthand an anti-vaccination, so-called "freedom" rally and reports on some of the placards and signs she saw.

0:33:12
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:42:42
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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SitP Sweden

https://youtu.be/s8vYh8tm9m4


Shelley Stocken
The Twin Dilemma


Michelle Bijkersma
Protesters in the Streets


Adrienne Hill
Skeptics' News


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #686 - 28 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:00
Squaring the Strange with Celestia Ward

Our favourite and very talented caricature artist from Las Vegas Celestia Ward drops by to chat about her career as a skeptical podcaster on 'Squaring the Strange'.

https://linktr.ee/Squaringthestrange

https://www.2headsstudios.com

Extra video content. You can watch the complete interview with Celestia Ward, with Richard Saunders, on YouTube via the link below.

https://youtu.be/RWFbBW4iPM8

0:34:20
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics.
Bookkeepers - Magicians - Witches and Scientists.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:42:36
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

https://quackwatch.org/related/reiki

Also
Skeptics in the pub, Sweden - with Richard Saunders

https://www.vof.se/blogg/skeptics-in-the-pub-online-the-adventures-of-richard-saunders

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Celestia Ward
Podcaster


The Book of Tim
Tim of the Book


Your Host
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Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #685 - 21 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction

Richard Saunders

With Susan Gerbic, Rob Palmer, Michelle Bijkersma, Lara Benham and Lynden Shields.

0:05:00
The ESP

We catch up with the team from the European Skeptics Podcast to congratulate them on reaching 300 episodes.

The European Skeptics Podcast (The ESP) is a weekly podcast recorded in English and hosted by three skeptics from several different European countries: Andras Gabor Pinter from Hungary, Pontus Bockman from Sweden and Annika Harrison from Germany.

https://theesp.eu

0:14:50
Australian Skeptics Awards for 2021

Tim Mendham presents
The Fred Thornett Award - Prof Kristine Macartney
The Barry Williams Media Award - Melissa Davey

Jessica Singer presents
The Bent Spoon Award - Craig Kelly

Richard Saunders with in memoriam
Michael Wolloghan
Shelley Stocken
Martin Hadley

0:19:00
The Book of Tim

Loch Ness #2 - Tim takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous pictures of the Loch Ness monster, known as the surgeon's photograph. What is the truth behind this mysterious image?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:29:52
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:37:04
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also
The ESP
Europe Skeptics


Adrienne Hill
Skeptics Newsletter


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #684 - 14 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:00
COVID vaccine nurse at Perth clinic charged with fraud

Western Australian Police have charged a nurse with fraudulently recording that a patient had been given a COVID-19 vaccine when the jab was allegedly never administered.

https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Media-Centre/Media-Releases/4296-Registered-Nurse-Charged--Vaccine-Fraud

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-08/nurse-who-allegedly-faked-covid-vaccines-charged/100602566

0:14:42
The Book of Tim

Loch Ness #1 - Tim takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most famous pictures of the Loch Ness monster, known as the surgeon's photograph. What is the truth behind this mysterious image?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:23:16
The Think Tank

Joining us this week in our virtual restaurant for a drink and discussion are Susan Gerbic, Adrienne Hill, Lou Hillman, Rob Palmer, Leonard Tramiel and Kelly Burke.

Also
Richard Saunders
Your Host


Tim Mendham
Lochness Monster #1


COVID
Nurse Charged


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #683 - 7 November 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:47
Uri Geller, James Randi and the CIA

We find a document written by James Randi that was circulated in the CIA concerning so-called psychic Uri Geller. What did Geller's former manager have to say about the tricks and shenanigans in the 1970s? Find out with this review.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/uri-geller-no-faker-really-25333616

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP96-00791R000100450002-7.pdf

0:24:40
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. Resistentialism.

Vol 40 No 1 - June 2020

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:25
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:40:28
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to yet more UFOs.

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

Also
Donation for Ovarian Cancer research

https://www.facebook.com/donate/4426098814149126

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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https://www.skepticon.org.au


Saunders
Your Host


A Hill
Skeptical News


Mendham
Book of Tim


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #682 - 31 October 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:10
Maynard's Spooky Action

Maynard and Richard Saunders join Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan on a field trip to visit Sydney's most "haunted" street. We also find out more about Dr Siobhan's journey with Ovarian Cancer.

Special extended content of this story on YouTube.
Spooky STEREO mix. Best with headphones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykB67Sj5cYs

0:24:55
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. Sturgeon's Law.

Vol 32 No 2 - June 2012

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:31:15
The Arm of the Octopus

Our reporter Michelle Bijkersma was surprised to find a strange letter in her letterbox. On the envelope was a hand-drawn picture of an octopus and the letter itself posed questions about the creature's arm. What does it all mean? Find out with Michelle.

0:35:40
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also
Dr Siobhan
Looking for Ghosts


Michelle Bijkersma
Snail Mail


Maynard
Spooky Action


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #681 - 24 October 2021

Dedicated to the memory of Martin Hadley

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:10
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Part #2

Famed science communicator Dr Karl tells us about COVID in chickens, making vaccines on a 3D printer, fighting climate change and Mr. Spock.

Dr Karl is an Australian science communicator and popularizer, who is known as an author, and as a science commentator on Australian radio and television. Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Science Foundation for Physics at the School of Physics, University of Sydney.

http://www.drkarl.com

http://www.tiktok.com/@drkarl

0:25:44
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:10
I Think We Need To Think

Susan Gerbic tells us about putting together Wikipedia pages for noted skeptics and celebrating the fact that her organisation has now chalked up over 100 million page views.

http://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject

Also
Dr Karl
Science


Michelle Bijkersma
Newsletter


Susan Gerbic
GSoW


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #680 - 17 October 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:40
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Part #1

Famed science communicator Dr Karl tells us about snipers, TikTok, Anti-Vaxers and the way in which social media companies pander to the advertising dollor.

Dr Karl is an Australian science communicator and popularizer, who is known as an author, and as a science commentator on Australian radio and television. Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Science Foundation for Physics at the School of Physics, University of Sydney.

http://www.drkarl.com

http://www.tiktok.com/@drkarl

0:31:52
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. Sundry seekers after truth.

Vol 32 No 3 - September 2012

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:38:00
Interview with Tim Mendham

Join Tim in the portable Skeptic Zone studio to chat about life in lockdown, predictions and the upcoming Skepticon 2021.

0:44:50
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the 'UFOs and Aliens'.

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

Also
Dr Karl
TikTok


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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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
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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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