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The Skeptic Zone #633 - 29 November 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:30
Ben Radford's New Book

The famed skeptical investigator, podcaster and author tells us about his new book, a collection of stories covering almost 2 decades.

http://benjaminradford.com

0:17:25
ESP - 250

We join a live broadcast of the European Skeptics Podcast to congratulate them for 250 episodes.

https://theesp.eu

0:19:52
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to Emotion".

Also known as "argument from passion", this is when you manipulate emotions in order to try and win an argument or promote your point, especially in the absence of good evidence. It is also a red herring, that is, a way of diverting attention away from the issue at hand.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:25:50
GSoW News with Susan Gerbic

Susan and friends chime in to bring us up to date with the latest from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. From Wiki to psychic stings and more. With Adrienne Hill, Rob Palmer and Leonard Tramiel.

https://www.facebook.com/Gerbic

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250 Shows


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #632 - 22 November 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:00
His Goose is Cooked

Another twist in the ongoing sad Soap Opera that is former celebrity Pete Evans. He's lost his sponsorships, he's lost his TV deals, he's lost his book deals along with his marbles.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54972101

0:13:04
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Fallacy Fallacy".

Also known as the bad reasons fallacy, this is when, because your opponent uses logical fallacies, you assume their main argument or point must therefore also be wrong.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:19:05
Prof. Ken Harvey and the TGA

After a frustrating time as an advisor to the government agency, Professor Ken Harvey has finally had enough.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/top-doctor-resigns-tga-role-over-concerns-with-policing-of-fringe-medicine-20201116-p56f11.html

0:27:43
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:36:32
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

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Pete Evans
A Cooked Goose


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Ken Harvey
TGA Split


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The Skeptic Zone #631 - 15 November 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:26
From 9/11 to COVID-19

An interview with Claus Larsen from Denmark about the ongoing research into some of the biggest conspiracy theories in recent history. What are some of the COVID-19 conspiracies doing the rounds and why do people believe in them?

http://www.911facts.dk

0:29:50
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to the Stone".

This is when you dismiss an idea or statement as absurd, invalid, or incorrect, without giving a satisfactory reason as to why.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:34:54
A Dive into a Trove

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

Also
Richard Saunders vs. Milton Black.

https://youtu.be/q-fjymxOrGE

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Claus Larsen
Conspiracy Theories


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Trove
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The Skeptic Zone #630 - 8 November 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:50
The Misadventures of the VeXXed Bus

We look at the bumpy road and comic mishaps of the "Vaxxed II" bus as it travels along its sorry road.

0:16:44
James Randi, a quiet chat.

In 2014, Randi and Saunders toured Australia. During some downtime they chat about magic, memories and TV productions.

James Randi: Psychic Investigator - YouTube

https://youtu.be/ix_DEto6nH4?t=820

0:28:57
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Hasty Generalisation Fallacy".

Also known as the argument from small numbers and the lonely fact fallacy, this is when you base your conclusion upon limited or inconclusive information.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:35:47
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:42:42
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. This week Tim looks at Double Delusion - House of Horrors - House of Science and more.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

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The Correx Files

https://www.abc.net.au/science/correx


Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Vaxxed
VaXXed is VeXXed


James Randi
An Amazing Chat


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #629 - 1 November 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:00
James Randi on The Skeptic Zone

Since the podcast begain in 2008, James Randi appeared on about 22 episodes. We present some edited highlights from over the years.

0:39:32
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the James Randi, with a focus on the year 1980, the year of the famed water divining tests.

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

James Randi in Australia - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN-0FEqAkQM


Also
Interview with James Randi 2006. With Richard Saunders

https://youtu.be/ukqsZYHLcuI

An Evening with James Randi 2014. With Richard Saunders

https://youtu.be/Th1VjbjWpAU

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James Randi
James Randi


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The Skeptic Zone #628 - 25 October 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
A tribute to James "The Amazing" Randi. 1928 - 2020.

0:06:20
Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:10:45
Australian Skeptics Inc. Annual Awards 2020

Join President Jessica Singer, E.O. Tim Mendham and Chief Investigator Richard Saunders as they annouce this year's awards, as heard at Skepticon 2020.

The Fred Thornett Award for the promotion of reason - The Barry Williams Award for media - The Skeptic of the Year - The Bent Spoon Award.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:23:20
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. This week Tim looks at Godwin's law (or Godwin's rule of Hitler analogies).

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:45:40
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Loch Ness Monter. Where oh where are you Nessie?

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

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James Randi
Vale James Randi


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The Skeptic Zone #627 - 18 October 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:02
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Part #3 - Brain tells us of the impact of Wakefield's work on vaccination rates, the other authors of the original paper and the link to Elle Macpherson.

https://briandeer.com

0:16:33
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Weasel Words".

These are words for phrases that seem to point in one direction or give a certain impression, but in reality are often meaningless or even misleading.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:24:02
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.

This week Wishful Thinking, Risky Business, Gambling and more.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:00
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "E.S.P." Can you read my mind?

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

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Heidi and Brian
Brian Deer Interview


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #626 - 11 October 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:09
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Part #2 - Brain tells us of why Wakefield left the Royal Free Hospital, conflicts of interest, buying blood from children, and some of his other investigations.

https://briandeer.com

0:22:51
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:31:42
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. FLAT EARTHERS. In the paranormal world, there have always been some claims and claimants that have been ... how shall we put it ... weird.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:37:55
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Quackery". How many ducks can we line up?

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

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Deer and Robertson
The Raw Skeptic


Aust. Skeptics
Australian Skeptics News


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #625 - 4 October 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:32
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Part #1 - An overview of the original Wakefild paper, how the children in the study were recruited, the $100 million dollar lawsuit and how the diagnosis of some of the children was changed to suit the end goal.

https://briandeer.com

0:26:45
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Poisoning the Well".

Also known as smear tactics, this is when you try to discredit your opponent, or an institution, especially in the mind of others, before even entering into a debate or conversation.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:33:45
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Trials by Fire.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:42:06
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Haunted House". What was going 'bump' in the night?

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

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Brian Deer
Brian Deer Interview


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Trove
Hauntings


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The Skeptic Zone #624 - 27 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:50
Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin

Ever seen a UFO? Many years ago Michelle and her father did and were quite baffled... for a time. What about the time she saw strange red eyes peering at her from the darkness while camping? What this some sort of stragne apparition or did Michelle find a more logical answer?

0:16:05
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the word "Ouija". What did the spirits say?

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

0:31:26
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Burden of Proof Fallacy".

This is when instead of presenting evidence to support your claim, you insist that the person doubting it, prove your claim to be false.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:39:08
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Yetis, Yale, Smuggling and Shooting.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:46:23
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

Sample story from 'The Skeptic'.
https://tinyurl.com/y5h8up9a

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Michelle Franklin
Life is Wild


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #623 - 20 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:26
COVID-19 Conspiracy Graffiti

Michelle Bijkersma reports on COVID-19 conspiracy theory graffiti in Melbourne.

0:10:42
Protests - COVID-19 Conspiracies

Anti-Lockdown protests at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market as police arrest 74 protesters and issue more than $280,000 in fines.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-arrest-74-and-fine-176-after-vic-market-protest-20200912-p55v1z.html

0:17:12
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Graphology, Writing, Profiling, Testing and Woo.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:25:05
The Secret of the Secret

What is the secret of the secret? Find out as we visit 'The Secret of the Secret Convention'.

With the voice talents of Abhijit Chanda and András Pintér.

0:31:19
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "UFO". What is up there in the skies?

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

Also
Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe

Maynard's Mastermind Quiz - With Richard Saunders

https://www.facebook.com/maynard1/videos/10158830429649359

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images

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Michelle Bijkersma
Positive Graffiti


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Trove
UFOs
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The Skeptic Zone #622 - 13 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:20
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the words "Yowie Hunt". Did anyone ever find the Australian Big Foot?

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

0:21:08
CFI - We're Not Backing Down from Walmart

Snake oil profiteering has emerged as a genuine crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplifying what the Center for Inquiry has been saying for years: Pseudoscientific medicine is dangerous, and those who profit from it must be held accountable.

https://centerforinquiry.org

0:25:00
Skeptrack Repoert

An overview of the live online Skeptrack from Dragon*Con 2020.

http://www.skeptrack.com

0:32:18
A visit to a New, New Age Vet

Can Map-you-luncher, Ke-ring Dlistals, Flo-me-lapthy, Skyo-blaptic, Free-tex-lolagy and Snerbal Stoop-alments save Henrietta the cat?

With the voice talents of Dr Angie Mattke and Pontus Böckman.

0:38:57
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

Also
Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images

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Skeptrack Report


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The Skeptic Zone #621 - 5 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:43
Here's My Two Cents Worth. With Jennifer Hathorn

Jennifer takes us on a decades long journey through the madness that is Dragon*Con. What are some of the highlights involving skepticism? Find out about the time James Randi appeared with Alice Cooper.

0:13:47
LIVE from Skeptrack!

We talk to Dr Angie Mattke and Derek Colanduno from the studio floor ar virtual Dragon*Con. What's coming up this year on this live skeptical event?

http://www.skeptrack.com

0:21:02
Enter the Dragon (Con)

From the pages of 'The Skeptic', Richard Saunders reports on skepticism in the US - Dragon*Con and the Solano Stroll.

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

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images

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Jennifer Hathorn
Two Cents


Dr Angie
LIVE from D*C


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The Skeptic Zone #620 - 30 August 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:50
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the word "clairvoyant". Can we find a little wisdom from the past?

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

0:20:10
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:28:22
Online Trivia with Susan Gerbic

It's not all bad news in the lockdown. Find out how you can join in an online, world-wide trivia game every week.

0:33:33
Peril in the Bermuda Triangle

Do you dare take a tour in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle? If you do, expect the unexpected!

With the voice talent of Susan Gerbic.

0:38:44
More COVID-19 Craziness

A round up of stories and reports from the "far side" of COVID-19 conspiracies and foolishness.

https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/lizzy-rose-shows-coronavirus-symptoms-in-new-online-video-c-1263751

https://www.perthnow.com.au/technology/celebrity-chef-pete-evans-spruiks-donald-trump-in-latest-video-ng-562377bc5cd261e4960b59ad0aa87010

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/courts-law/magistrate-smacks-down-victorian-antimasker-mandy-crerar/news-story/68b9590042cbd302fffad44772ab8761

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/magda-szubanski-targeted-by-conspiracy-theorists-after-coronavirus-safety-ad/news-story/0248a388cd48e268fcef236ad2a664f9

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/kath-kim-comedian-magda-szubanski-accuses-chef-pete-evans-of-fat-shaming/news-story/56f365747e8a429501952edc2a1d6f4a



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Skepticon 2020

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