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The Skeptic Zone #823 - 14 July 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

00:04:00
Astrology Trash is Bad News

We report on a bizarre situation in Australia where it is proposed to run a regular astrology segment in the evening TV news bulletin. Is this an act of desperation to gain more viewers? What has been the reaction from other media?

https://www.skynews.com.au/business/media/channel-7-defends-stupid-new-astrology-segment-following-scathing-criticism-over-addition-to-evening-news-bulletin/news-story/c42a2558c156dc5a7432ecfbd4faed2c

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/channel-7-defends-controversial-news-segment-after-radio-hosts-takedown/news-story/5ae7fe3e1c5dd95117463d75f0f523ad

0:15:50
The Loons From Canada

Kate and Allie get together to talk about some North American and Australian relationship slang as they explore the hypothesis of Love Languages.

0:28:08
Maynard's Spooky Action

Maynard and Richard catch up to talk about the upcoming global event, Skeptics in the pub, held all around the world on 19th of July at 7 pm.

https://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub

0:34:46
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to James Randi and his expose of the Rev. Peter Popoff.

1988.02.20 - Sydney Morning Herald


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

The Secrets of the Psychics. Video
https://youtu.be/Pc3uHqtH8bg&=677


Loons
Love Talk


Maynard
Online Pub


Richard Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #822 - 7 July 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

00:06:52
Ben Radford talks UFOs

Once again we welcome the world renowned skeptical investigator, author, podcaster, and deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, the one and only Ben Radford. In a wide ranging interview Ben talks about the Roswell UFO incident, cryptozoology, and his upcoming visit to Sydney Australia to take part in Skepticon 2024 - the Australian Skeptics National Convention in November.

0:29:36
Australian Skeptics Newsletter #200

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:44:36
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Roswell New Mexico UFO case of 1947.

1947.07.09 - The Glen Innes Examiner
1947.07.09 - The Newcastle Sun
1947.07.10 - The Advocate, Bernie Tasmania
1947.07.10 - The Sun, Sydney


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_incident

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

Also
Global Skeptics in tne Pub
https://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub

Videos from the New Mexico Science and Reason
https://m.youtube.com/@TheNMSR

B Radford
Roswell 1947


A Hill
Newsletter


Richard Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #821 - 30 June 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

00:04:14
Cold and Hot Reading

We play a clip of a recent radio appearance by Richard Saunders (ABC Australia), where he discusses so-called psychics and some of their tricks.

Also the reading of a report by Ian Bryce, from the pages of 'The Skeptic', when he, Saunders and Alynda Brown tested a 'Palm Reader' in Australia.

Richard Saunders on ABC Radio Australia.
https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/overnights/ovn-skeptics/104010516

0:26:06
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to The New Age - Part #3.

1988.5.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

0:47:58
A Kate & Allie

On a Roll?


Saunders
Testing "Psychics"


Loons
On a Roll


Trove
New Age


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #820 - 23 June 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

00:05:02
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

SkeptiCampNM - Presented by New Mexicans for Science and Reason

Adrienne flies to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend a meet up of local and regional skeptics.

Interviews with... Stirling Forsyth, Mary Catherine Harris, Tom Parker, Kurly Tlapoyawa, Sonia Veronica, Frank T. Etscorn, and from the Squaring the Strange podcast Celestia Ward, Ben Radford and Pascual Romero.

https://talesfromaztlantis.com

0:21:46
For Crying Out Loud! It's Kat McLeod.

This week Kat takes a look at the pseudoscience of Graphology.

James Randi investigates Graphology.
https://youtu.be/iyXozHKWsDs

0:30:10
Skepticamp Interviews #4

Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

In part #4 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to the one and only powerhouse of Skeptical Activisim, Susan Gerbic.

https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024

0:40:44
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to The New Age - Part #2.

1988.5.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also

Kat
Write Now!


Adrienne
On the Road


Richard
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #819 - 16 June 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:16
UFOs... Where Are You?

We take a look at a recent press stories from Australia and Britin regarding UFO promoter and Australian journalist Ross Coulthart. Also we wonder what we can glean from Wiki about his current notoriety.

https://www.skeptic.org.uk/2024/05/ufos-the-unidentified-flying-circus-comes-to-town

0:10:44
Skepticamp Interviews #3

Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

In part #3 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to Faith and Ramiro Rodriguez from the organisating team, as well has Melanie Trecek-King from Thinking is Power.

https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024

0:21:18
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Are Skeptics Happy? By Alison White

Alison White asks if being a skeptic is a blessing or a bane... or even a curse.

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au
0:34:30
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to The New Age - Part #1.

1988.5.14 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also
Global Skeptics in the Pub - 19 July 2024 (7pm)
http://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub

ufo
Lost in Space


Tim
A Happy Skeptic


Richard Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #818 - 9 June 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

00:02:26
SkeptiCal 2024

We talk to famed fighter of nonsense Dr Eugenie C. Scott about the upcoming SkeptiCal Conference.

SkeptiCal is the scientific skepticism conference brought to you by Northern California Skeptics.
The SkeptiCal Conference brings stimulating and entertaining speakers (including Australia's own Dr Karl Kruszelnicki) to a world-wide audience of science fans, critical thinkers, and, in the words of Carl Sagan, questioners of "extraordinary claims". Join them for two engaging days of speakers, interviews, and discussions. And - test your wits on a round of SkeptiCal trivia, and try your hand at SkeptiCal's popular Skepardy! game.

http://www.skepticalcon.com

0:12:38
Skepticamp Interviews #2

Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

In part #2 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to Kenny Biddle, chief investigator at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and attendee Jane Selkie.

https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024

0:25:40
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:39:08
A Dive into a Trove

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

1981.08.27 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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

Also
Global Skeptics in the Pub - 19 July 2024 (7pm)
http://www.skepticalcon.com/global-skeptics-in-the-pub

Eugenie Scott
Skeptical California


xxx
Newsletter


Richard Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #817 - 2 June 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

00:02:58
Kate & Allie

This week Kat and Adrienne take a skeptical look at 'Baby Helmets'. Are they truly necessary or just another example of our culture's obsession with over-protection? What is the medical point of view? Baby helmets, also known as cranial orthoses, are seen by some as intervention for infants with positional plagiocephaly (flat spots on the head) or brachycephaly (narrow, elongated head shape).

0:12:20
Bend Nerd Night

Energy Trivia. Join Brian Dunning from the Skeptoid podcast as he leads a round of trivia at 'Nerd Night' in Bend, Oregon. Test your knowledge!

https://facebook.com/groups/1113943728813195

0:20:38
Skepticamp Interviews #1

Guest reporter Rob Palmer attended the inaugural Triangle SkeptiCamp that took place on 25th of May 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

In part #1 of a series of interviews from the event, Rob chats to Coleman Watts, the host of the 'Think This Through' YouTube channel. He also catches up with Erika Engelhaupt, science journalist and author of 'Gory Details'.

https://triskep.org/home/triangle-skepticamp-2024

0:32:48
A Dive into a Trove

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

1967.10.01 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1973.02.12 - The Sydney Morning Herald
1994.08.04 - The Sydney Morning Herald


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


Kate and Allie
Baby Steps?


Brian Dunning
Trivia in Oregon


Rob Palmer
Skepticamp


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


The Skeptic Zone #816 - 26 May 2024

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

00:02:32
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

Adrienne Hill and Janalee Morris share their immersive first experience at the Psychic and Crystal Fair, where they interacted with vendors and attendees. Could anyone predict their future or enhance their health? Tune in to find out.

0:19:42
Reviewing the UFO Documentary

We chat to Brian Dunning about the thousands of reviews and comments left on his documentary, 'The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You To See'. Some are insightful, many are just plain ridiculous. It's clear that his movie has certainly caused a stir in the UFO community.

http://theufo.movie

0:36:04
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:47:42
A Dive into a Trove

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

1909.02.27 - The Beverly Times W.A.
1918.03.07 - The Telegraph QLD
1934.01.09 - Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser QLD
1938.12.21 - Argus Melbourne
1949.09.26 - The Daily Mercury QLD
1909.10.29 - The Star, Sydney
1922.08.04 - The Canowindra Star, NSW
1903.03.06 - The Geelong Advertiser
1932.08.08 - The North West Champion, NSW


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

Also

Adrienne and Janalee
Crystals and More


Dunning
UFO Believers Pounce


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


UFO Movie


Typewriter Time

 


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 #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 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

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Folded and Photographed
by Richard Saunders


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