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The Skeptic Zone #747 - 29 January 2023

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:00
Conspiracy Leaflet in my Letterbox.

From the One World Government to COVID-19 to H.A.A.R.P and much more besides. We examine a small leaflet that's been left in the letterboxes around Sydney suburbs.

0:21:02
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:33:34
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

A review of an important book in the history of Australian Skeptics.

Creationism: An Australian Perspective
Edited by Martin Bridgstock and Ken Smith
Australian Skeptics

https://tinyurl.com/CreationismAustSkeptics

A reading from The Skeptic, Vol. 40 No. 3

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:43:44
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Australian Skeptics National Convention in 1990.

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

Also

10 Years Ago

The Skeptic Zone #223 - 26.Jan.2013


Interview with Dr Pamela Gay - Dr Rachie Reports. Just what is 'fair balance' and how does it relate to skeptical issues? - Maynard's Spooky Action.. Maynard visits Embiggen Books in Melbourne and chats to Warren Bonett

https://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-223-26-jan-2013
conspiracies,
Leaflet


Tim
Book of Tim


A Hill
Newsletter


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


The Skeptic Zone #746 - 22 January 2023

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:08
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

WikiProject Skeptical


With the help Richard Saunders, Adrienne takes a look at the top ten list of topics at "WikiProject Skeptical", which is "dedicated to creating, improving, and monitoring articles related to Scientific skepticism (British English spelling: scepticism), also known as rational skepticism or skeptical inquiry. The focus includes articles about claims which are contrary to the current body of scientific evidence, or which involve the paranormal. The project ensures that these articles are written from a neutral point of view, and do not put forward invalid claims as truth."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Skepticism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Skepticism/Popular_pages

WikiProject Report, Special:FAQs

https://Wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-04-01/WikiProject_report

0:28:12
ChatGPT on Skeptical Topics

Another trip down the rabbit hole of Artificial Intelligence as we seek answers from ChatGTP on skeptical topics including Psychics, Bigfoot, Spoon Bending, Homeopathy, Ghosts, Astrology and Palmistry.

0:40:19
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Creationism".
  • The Mercury - 18 Feb 1933
  • The Canberra Times - 29 March 1984
  • The Canberra Times - 6 Jan 1986
  • Woroni - 9 Sept 1985
http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also

10 Years Ago

The Skeptic Zone #222 - 21.Jan.2013


Maynard's Spooky Action.. An interview with Dr Krissy Wilson about talking to the dead - Danger 5. Just for fun, Richard Saunders checks in with Maynard as he hosts a public Q & A with the cast of this Australian TV show - Skeptical BBQ. Richard Saunders travels to Canberra for a screening of "Here be Dragons" by Brian Dunning and enjoys a chat with Kevin Davies, the president of Canberra Skeptics - The Think Tank. Join a host of Canberra Skeptics as they chat about Conspiracy Theories.

https://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-222-21-jan-2013
A Hill
Wiki Projects


ChatGPT
AI


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


The Skeptic Zone #745 - 15 January 2023

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:22
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

Vale 'SkepDoc' Dr Harriet Hall MD


Adrienne pays tribute to Harriet, who was a retired family physician, former U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, author, science communicator and skeptic of international acclaim, who wrote about alternative medicine and quackery for magazines and articles discussing evidence-based medicine for the Science-Based Medicine blog. She usually wrote under her own name or used the pseudonym "The SkepDoc". She was also a frequent speaker at science and skepticism related conventions in the US and around the world.

https://tinyurl.com/skepdocseries

https://skepticzone.libsyn.com/size/5/?search=Harriet

0:17:42
Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

At long last Sydney Skeptics in the pub is back and looking forward to 2023. We hear from new pubber Stephen Bavaro, who was a recent speaker at the Australian Skeptics convention. Also from Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders as they address the crowd to talk about the Bent Spoon Award and more.

0:32:00
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 "Medical Quackery".

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

Also

Harriet Hall
Vale SkepDoc


Adrienne Hill
Newsletter


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


The Skeptic Zone #744 - 8 January 2023

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:06
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

WikiProject Paranormal


With the help of Rob Palmer and Richard Saunders, Adrienne takes a look at the top ten list of topics at "WikiProject Paranormal", which "aims to provide a framework for the improvement and organisation of articles related to the paranormal, anomalous phenomena and other similar areas."

https://Wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Paranormal

https://Wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Paranormal/Popular_pages

WikiProject Report, Special:FAQs

https://Wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-04-01/WikiProject_report

0:24:36
A new book from Susan Gerbic

In this interview, Susan tell us of the book she is writing about so-called "Grief Vampires", people who prey on grieving and vulnerable people by apparently receiving messages from their dead loved ones.

0:37:32
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to "Amoung the Witches of Suburbia".
  • The Canberra Times - 30 August 1987
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca

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

Also

Adrienne Hill
Wiki Paranormal


Susan Gerbic
New Book


Richard Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


The Skeptic Zone #743 - 1 January 2023

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:00
Pseudo Archaeology

An interview with Stephen Bavaro, a student and contributor to the Skeptic Magazine. His interest is in real archaeology versus pseudo archaeology.

0:17:36
The Skeptic Zone in Review

From January to December, 2022 was full of surprises, interesting reports and interviews on The Skeptic Zone Podcast. Richard Saunders takes a look at some of the highlights of the past year.

0:27:44
Evidence Please... with Jo Alabaster

In this classic report from 2015, Jo looks into "cupping therapy", a sure way to gain bruises on your back but little else.

0:34:02
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also

10 Years Ago

The Skeptic Zone #220 - 6.Jan.2013

Maynard interviews James Randi - Dr Rachael Dunlop. The AVN and Google - Maynard in the Pub! Sydney Skeptics in the Pub give Maynard their predictions for 2013

https://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-220-6-jan-2013
Stephen Bavaro
Looking to the Past


Jo Alabaster
Cupping


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


The Skeptic Zone #742 - 25 December 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:54
Dr Eugenie Scott - Part #2

In part two of a two part interview with Dr Eugenie Scott, we look at the lamentable so-called documentary series on Netflix entitled "Ancient Apocalypse". Also we hear about Eugenie's thoughts on debating creationists and other pseudoscientists.

0:24:32
Dog ate my... what?

Adrienne from very cold Calgary gives a report on a humorous but potentially serious mini labradoodle adventure that resulted in a vet visit, leading her to investigate nutritional trends for pets. She enlisted the help of the Triangle Area Skeptics member Faith Newsome Rodriguez, from Raleigh, North Carolina, whom she had the pleasure of staying with when she was on tour with Susan Gerbic of GSoW fame.

0:42:07
A Dive into a Trove

Funding for Trove under threat! We read a report about the possible discontinuation of this valuable resource. With thanks to listener Daryl Colquhoun.

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to San Francisco and the paranormal.

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

Also
Merry?? (sort of) Xmas from Maynard. Bah Humbug!
Eugenie Scott
Ancient Apocalypse


Adrienne Hill
Gone to the Dogs


Faith
Pet Woo


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


The Skeptic Zone #741 - 18 December 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:16
Dr Eugenie Scott - Part #1

In part one of a two part interview with Dr Eugenie Scott, we look at the ongoing battle against intelligent design, or creationism as it's truly known, and science. Eugenie also looks at the encroaching creationism and religious point of view into the public school system.

0:21:11
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:38:50
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Eugenie Scott
Fighting for Science


Adrienne Hill
Newsletter


Saunders
State Side


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


The Skeptic Zone #740 - 11 December 2022

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:07:56
ChatGPT

What can AI tell us about a skeptical podcast from Australia, Brian Dunning's movie, why people believe in UFOs, and the Skeptical Fairy Godmother Angel from the Internet?

0:00:00
The European Skeptics in Sydney

A relaxed chat around the table with the European Skeptics Podcast crew who were in Sydney as part of their Australian tour.

0:36:32
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Ancient Aliens Debunked - (full movie)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9w-i5oZqaQ

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

Also
ESP
ESP


Saunders
Your Host


Ancient Aliens
Ancient Aliens


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


Jim Wilshire

 


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


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