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The Skeptic Zone #815 - 19 May 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:32
For Crying Out Loud! It's Kat McLeod

This week Kat relates her journey, over the past year, from attending a skeptical conference in Canada to becoming a reporter for the Skeptic Zone. This is right from the 'who could have ever see this coming?' files and is a great illustration of how important it is to support skeptical events. Plus we hear Kat's theme music for the first time.


0:11:28
Ben Radford, Australia Bound

The legend himself! Ben Radford has been a fulltime scientific investigator and writer for 25 years. Now for the first time he is heading to Australia to talk at the Austraian Skeptics National Convention in November in Sydney. Will he find the elusive Yowie during his trip? We also hear about other meetings Ben is attending and more about the Squaring the Stange Podcast.

0:23:56
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

The History of EUTSBy Barry Williams (aka Sir Jim)

In this classic article, Sir Jim R. Wallaby investigates energies unknown to science... and those that are.

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 38 No. 4

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:37:54
A Dive into a Trove

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

1981.08.09 - The Sun Herald
1981.08.16 - The Sun Herald


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

Also

xxx
What a Year!


xxxx
Australia Bound


xxxx
EUTS


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #814 - 12 May 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:14
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

This week, Adrienne gives us an overview of the recent 'We Can Reason' conference held in Calgary, Canada. We hear about each of the invited speakers and meet one of the delegates, a listener of the Skeptic Zone right from episode #1, Brenda Hill.

Next it's a road trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which houses one of world's premier collection of dinosaur fossils. Here Richard Saunders gives us his thoughts on this wondrous example of science in action.

Finally, on the drive home, Adrienne interviews Jonathan Jarry, one of the hosts of the popular Body of Evidence podcast from Canada. Jonathan was also an invited speaker at the conference. https://tyrrellmuseum.com

0:23:18
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:35:48
A Dive into a Trove

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

1972.01.02 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1973.12.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1981.01.02 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1989.01.01 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1992.12.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also
Sckepticamap New Mexico. 1st - 2nd June, 2024
https://www.skepticampnm.com

Adrienne
Skookum Studios


Jarry
Canadian Podcaster


Saunders
Bag Box Owner


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #813 - 5 May 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders with Adrienne Hill and Kat McLeod

0:02:20
Kate & Allie at We Can Reason - Calgary Canada

We are delighted to accounce that 'Kate', Kat McLeod from Edmonton, is our newest reporter on the Skeptic Zone. Hear her reaction as Richard Saunders confirms her appoitment. Weclome Kat! Her segment will be know as "For Cryin' Out! It's Kat McLeod".

Also we hear more about the convention, Adrienne's video presentation from LA Skepticamp, and a short interview with speaker Jonathan Jarry.

LA Skepticamp Videos
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb82CF-DGYCfxT6IKckZtm6KnMNMqxDQr

0:09:34
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

This week Tim heads to the regional city of Armidale in Australia's 'New England' area to help launch a new Skeptics in the Pub. We hear from the organiser, Walkely Award winning journalist Amelia Willmer.

Armidate Skeptics in the Pub is held at the Wicklow Hotel, 6pm last Wednesday of the month.
https://www.facebook.com/WicklowHotel

0:22:38
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

This week Adrienne tries her luck with AI as it writes two scripts for her. One in 'her' style, and one in the style of a skeptic from Newfoundland! What could possible go wrong?

0:28:28
A Dive into a Trove

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

1977.10.11 - The Sydney Morning Herald

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


Kate and Allie
Loons from Canada


Tim
Armidale SitP


Saunders
Your Host eh?


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #812 - 28 April 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:48
Can AI Replace Your Host?

Is AI all that it's cracked up to be? This week Richard Saunders tempts fate by asking AI to write a script in his own style. Are the results worth it? You be the judge..... Mate!

0:12:12
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:24:58
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around By Tim Mendham

The Vatican, Meteorites and Science.

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 43 No. 4

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:33:22
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Haunted Houses

1955.07.19 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1955.07.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1970.02.25 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1986.10.26 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also
We Can Reason - Calgary Canada
https://wecanreason.com

Saunderx
Not a Computer


Hill
Smarter than a Computer


Mendham
What's a Computer?


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #811 - 21 April 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:34
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

Kate and Allie revisit another frightening herbal development this time from Japan. With guest Kat McLeod.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/japan-supplement-pill-recall-death-illnesses-kobayashi-pharmaceutical-co

0:12:38
Dr Steve and the UFOs

For many decades, Dr Steve Roberts has been investigating reports of UFOs. In this informal chat with Richard Saunders, Dr Steve looks at various recent UFO fads and some from history.

0:23:08
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around By Tim Mendham

Scares, Sounds, Sickness and Spooks!

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 42 No. 3

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:30:54
A Dive into a Trove

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

1991.12.22 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1991.06.24 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1991.09.10 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also
We Can Reason - Calgary Canada
https://wecanreason.com

Kate and Allie
Herbs


Dr Steve
UFOs (Again)


Tim
Sounds


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #810 - 14 April 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:00
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

This week Adrienne talks to the organizers of the Los Angeles Skepticamp on the day after the event which was held on March 24, 2024.

Interviewed are Wendy Hughes, Heather Henderson, Paula Lauterbach, Jane Selkie, Deborah Warcken, and Susan Gerbic.

https://skepticampla.fmtpo.com
https://www.youtube.com/@HeatherHenderson
https://www.abouttimeproject.org

0:14:16
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Join Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub as they talk about the special guests lined up for the Australian Skeptics national convention in November.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:21:48
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:34:12
A Dive into a Trove

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

1984.07.05 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1987.02.11 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1989.03.17 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1994.11.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1998.03.30 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also
We Can Reason - Calgary Canada
https://wecanreason.com

A Hill
LA Meeting


Tim M
Convention News


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #809 - 7 April 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:30
My Mum Talks To Aliens - Or Does She?

A review of a TV documentary from 2010. Mary Rodwell travels Australia seeking out those who claim to be abducted by UFOs. Can she convince her son during the course of the two week adventure? What, if any, real evidence does the documentary provide?

https://youtu.be/zZ6dJergQ8o

https://www.metabunk.org/threads/debunked-2007-avebury-ufo-sighting-military-exercise-flares.6411/

0:18:34
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

The Pauline Conspiracy By Dr Paul Willis

Paul Willis puts on both his pop hat and his tinfoil hat to look at a classic plot from the Fab Four.

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 34 No. 3

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:30:18
Milbourne Christopher

Milbourne Christopher (1914 - 1984) regarded those individuals who claimed extrasensory perception or psychic powers to be actually using magic trickery. He wrote three book-length exposes regarding those he said were false seers or psychics: ESP, Seers & Psychics; Mediums, Mystics & The Occult; and Search For The Soul.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milbourne_Christopher

0:47:18
A Dive into a Trove

With Kat McLeod

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Anti-Vacation in tne 1950s.

1952.03.14 - The Barrier Miner
1954.10.25 - Daily Mercury in Queensland
1955.05.26 - The Central Queensland Herald
1958.10.03 - The Australian Jewish Times


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

Also
We Can Reason - Calgary Canada
https://wecanreason.com

Saunders
Your Host


Mendham
Beatles Myth


Kat
1950s Vaccination


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #808 - 31 March 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:36
Kenny Biddle Tiks on Tiktok

It's hard to believe, but much of what you see on Tiktok may not be all it seems! Chief Investigator for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Kenny Biddle, hunts for claims of the paranormal on Tiktok. Can he explain the unexplainable?

https://www.tiktok.com/@kennybiddle42

0:20:56
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:20
A Dive into a Trove

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

2014.01.27 - Woman's Day
2010.11.29 - New Idea


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

Also
Dick Smith's Helicopter Adventure - Parkinson 1982
https://youtu.be/TM_0q3m5i40

We Can Reason - Calgary Canada
https://wecanreason.com

Biddle
Tiking Toks


Hill
News


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #807 - 24 March 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:00
Skeptical Highlights of Dick Smith

As we send our birthday wishes to Dick Smith, who just turned 80 years old, we look back at his influence on the skeptical movement in Australia. We also cover his great friendship and productive cooperation with James Randi.

James Randi in Australia - With Dick Smith
https://youtu.be/gN-0FEqAkQM

This Is Your Life - Dick Smith 1997
https://youtu.be/FEXr2Wh4fPQ

0:17:32
The Skeptic Magazine, From Australian Skeptics - March 2024

A look through some of the features and stories of the current issue of this long-running magazine, including a closer look at a report by Richard Saunders into the so-called "power bands" of the last 15 years.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:26:04
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

It's Behind You! By Adam van Langenberg

Do you ever get that feeling that you're being stared at? Then, when you turn around, you notice somebody looking right at you? Sometimes with a knife? Adam does, and he suspects that most other people do as well. There are lots of reasons why this could happen. It could be a case of confirmation bias.

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 32 No. 3

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:34:28
A Dive into a Trove

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

1991.09.07 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1972.07.02 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1986.09.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also

Dick Smith
Happy Birthday


Tim
Bookof Tim


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #806 - 17 March 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:10
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

Redefining Beauty, one tongue press at a time?

Can keeping your mouth shut make you more attractive? While some people believe so, it may not be for the same reasons you think. Adrienne Hill has an interesting conversation with Kat McLeod to discuss the controversial beauty trend and viral sensation known as "mewing"; the origins and the myths.

0:19:08
Alanta Colley - Live Show

Trick or Treatment at Melbourne International Comedy Festival : 25- 31 March

Big pharma gets a bad rap, but what about big chakra? Could horse de-wormers cure a global pandemic? Can I mainline the placebo effect? Come on a science comedy journey through the wild and weird and occasionally effective world of alternative medicine with Alanta Colley as your test subject.

https://www.alantacolley.com/upcoming-gigs

https://thebutterflyclub.com/show/trick-or-treatment

0:28:46
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:41:14
A Chat with Dr Eugenie Scott

In a follow up interview, Dr Eugenie Scott expands her thoughts on the development of human teeth. Also how you can get involved in the San Francisco Bay Area Skeptics.

https://baskeptics.org


Alanta Colley
Live Show


Adrienne snd Kat
Lively People


Eugenie Scott
Live Interview


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #805 - 10 March 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:18
Strange Bedfellows

Once again, Susan Gerbic finds herself under attack from an odd assortment of UFO and conspiracy believers. This time they are trying to change her Wikipedia page to include what they think is the truth. It really is a case of the blind leading the blind.

https://www.abouttimeproject.org

0:23:08
Nerd Night in Bend, Oregon

Join Kathy Rightmire, Brian Dunning and Richard Saunders as they enjoy Nerd Night in the city of Bend in Oregon. This is a regular meet up much like Skeptics in the Pub. Includes a portion of Brian's talk, "Sounds from Beyond".

https://skeptoid.com/events/30257

0:35:14
A Dive into a Trove

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

1977.05.17 - The Canberra Times
1973.10.26 - PNG Post
1976.08.30 - The Canberra Times
1985.07.19 - The Canberra Times


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


Rightmire
Nerd Night


Saunders
A Nerd


Gerbic
A Cool Character


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


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 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
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

Solar Flare episode 1


Origami Pigasus

Origami Pigasus was invented by Richard Saunders in 2007 at the request of his friend James "The Amazing" Randi.

Video Folding Instructions
 
Booklet
 
Pigasus Booklet

Free Origami Posters

Cranes

4,961 × 3,508 pixels, file size: 3.73 MB

Folded and Photographed
by Richard Saunders

 

Pigasus

4,961 × 3,508 pixels, file size: 3.45 MB

Invented, Folded and Photographed
by Richard Saunders

Cranes on Matches

4,961 × 3,508 pixels, file size: 3.32 MB

Folded and Photographed
by Richard Saunders

 

Ducks on a Coin

4,961 × 3,508 pixels, file size: 4.65 MB

Folded and Photographed
by Richard Saunders


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