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The Skeptic Zone #668 - 25 July 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:15
Freedom Protests in Sydney

At the worst possible time, protesters march through the main streets of downtown Sydney, with cries of "freedom". We ask the question, "what's the harm in believing in conspiracy theories?"

https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/australia/wild-scenes-as-sydney-antilockdown-protesters-clash-with-police/news-story/e5b47e5103e55a7c6ebd1eb6d0094a78

0:11:06
Past Live Tours

Join Richard on a stroll to discover the shopfront of a business offering hypnosis to solve your problems by investigating your previous lives. Included is a review of the website and a look into references to hypnosis online.

https://www.pastlifetours.com.au

http://skepdic.com/hypnosis.html

0:26:03
Interview with Ben Radford

Following on from our hypnosis segment, we chat to paranormal investigator Ben Redford from the 'Squaring the Strange' podcast about his experiences, thoughts and opinions on the topic of hypnosis.

https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com

0:36:32
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

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Ben Radford
Look into my eyes!


Covid
Protests


Saunders
Your Host


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #667 - 18 July 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:00
Lockdown Showdown

Anti-lockdown protesters in Melbourne.

Melbourne was plunged into chaos hours before the state entered its fifth lockdown as protesters took to the streets.

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/antilockdown-protesters-storm-melbourne-hours-after-daniel-andrews-announcement/news-story/b8ddd8f95df6640bd0936add28f6d8f1

0:12:55
Skeptical Prize Money

We chat with Leonard Tramiel from the USA and Ian Bryce from Australia about the prize money on offer for proof of the paranormal.

https://centerforinquiry.org/press_releases/prove-your-paranormal-powers-and-win-250000-from-the-cfi-investigations-group/

0:21:49
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:31:36
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

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Maynard - THE CASTANET CLUB COMES TO YOU!

http://maynard.com.au
Saunders
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Money
Skeptical Prize


COVID
Protests


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #666 - 11 July 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:12
You Can Count On Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

What's the deal with 666? This week Adrienne is joined by Kelly Burke to discover that if you look for it, the number 666 pops ups everywhere. Humans certainly are the pattern seeking, storytelling animal.

Numberphile 666 - video

https://youtu.be/UkZqFtYtqaI

0:22:10
The Book of Tim

This week Tim Mendham talks about being on the front line at Australian Skeptics HQ and the work that goes into creating 'The Skeptic' magazine.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:41:50
Maynard's Spooky Action

Maynard reveals to the world the incredible Broadway singing bowl.

https://soundcloud.com/maynard-1/the-castanet-club-broadway

0:45:09
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

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Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - Coffee

https://youtu.be/TjszwS_VJnc
A Hill
666


Maynard
Singing?


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #665 - 4 July 2021

Dedicated to the memory of Shelley Stocken


The Skeptic Zone is very sad to inform you that our much loved former reporter Shelley Stocken died unexpectedly on Saturday 26 June 2021. She was surrounded by family. Episode #665 is dedicated to her memory, including a replay of one of her reports. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family. Shelley's reports were interesting, funny and educational. Her work in the skeptical community made a difference.
She was a delight to know and work with.
Thank you Shelley, from the team at the Skeptic Zone.

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:43
Take Stock. With Shelley Stocken

From 2016 when new reporter Shelley Stocken looked into the myths and reality of so-called Demonic Possession.

http://mentalillnesspolicy.org/coping/demonic-possession-mental-illness.html

0:15:21
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:25:47
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

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Shelley Stocken
Demonic Possession


Koala
News


Trove
Digital Trove


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #664 - 27 June 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:23
More COVID-19 Madness

Thanks to alert listeners of the Skeptic Zone, we have yet more examples of COVID-19 conspiracy flyers.

Palmer's dangerous ads

https://youtu.be/DKG9jxbqJzU?t=690

0:15:18
You Can Count on Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill.

This week Adrienne is joined by Kelly Burke for a look at some of the more 'wafflely' predictions from the Great Australian Psychic Predition Project.

0:26:38
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. 'Seers, Spies and Satan'.

Vol 35 No 2 - June 2015

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:35:32
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also
Kelly and Adrienne
Waffles!


Covid
Crazy Flyers


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim
Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #663 - 20 June 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:55
Operation Onion Ring

Susan Gerbic strikes again! We are begining to wonder why these "psychics" don't see it coming! Once again Susan and her team go undercover to tumble someone who claims to talk with the dead and this time it involves children.

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/right-turns-only-circling-back-to-seatbelt-psychic/

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/operation-onion-ring-thomas-john-and-the-children/

0:18:38
The Book of Tim

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

Vol 35 No 3 - Sept. 2015

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:26:03
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:36:53
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

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Susan Gerbic
Undercover Sting


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Trove
Flat Earth


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #662 - 13 June 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:18
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson

A hairdressing business in the town of Mullumbimby shows they are not a cut above the rest by displaying their ignorance via a 'hair-brained' poster, "Do not enter if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19". Heidi Robertson is on tne case with scoop for the Skeptic Zone.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/08/vaccine-wont-give-you-covid-health-officials-battle-anti-vaccination-messages-in-northern-rivers

0:24:19
The Book of Tim

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

Vol 34 No 4 - Dec. 2014

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:30:55
A Dive into a Trove

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

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

Also


Learning from Indigenous memory methods

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/SocialSkepticsCanberra

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Heidi Robertson
Anti-Vaxxers


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Saunders
Your Host
Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #661 - 6 June 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders, live from Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

0:02:35
UFOs

Those strange lights in the sky are back in the news again with a soon to be released report from the U.S. govenment. Alas, those needing confirmation of their long held belief that earth is being visited by little green men or little blue women may be in for yet more disappointment.

https://www.facebook.com/centerforinquiry/photos/a.94000694772/10158405227984773/

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/03/politics/intelligence-officials-navy-pilot-ufo-encounters/index.html

Carl Sagan Cosmos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llZNU799lOg

0:12:12
Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Time for beer and some 'Fish & Chips' as we return to Skeptics in the Pub. Richard bends some spoons and chats to Daryl Coloughn, Tim Mendham and Dr Brad McKay.

0:18:31
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:29:02
The Book of Tim

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

Vol 37 No 3 - Sept. 2017

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:36:28
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised newspapers on a search for references to "Full Moon" and "Crime".

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

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UFO
Watch the Skys


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Koala
Skeptics News


Full Moon
Moon Myths


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #660 - 3 June 2021

Special Episode

Show Notes

Introduction
Richard Saunders

A Grain of Salt. With Eran Segev

Interview with Julia Galef


Julia Galef is an author, podcaster, and speaker with a passion for good reasoning. Her first book, The Scout Mindset, is about the skill of looking at things honestly and objectively - why that's so valuable, why it doesn't come naturally to humans, and how we can get better at it. For over a decade, she has been the host of Rationally Speaking, a biweekly podcast featuring interviews with scientists and other thinkers.

00:01:10 Scout v. Soldier Mindset
00:05:47 Scout and Critial Thinking
00:15:10 Noticing Bias
00:16:13 Selective Skeptic Test
00:20:45 Status Quo Bias
00:23:34 Identities
00:26:58 Moral and Political
00:29:49 "Rigidity of the Right"
00:31:37 TED Talk
00:33:59 Rationally Speaking
00:35:02 Just Asking Questions
00:40:55 Cancel Culture
00:46:55 Finding the Truth
00:56:32 Contact Info


https://www.amazon.com/Scout-Mindset-Perils-Defensive-Thinking/dp/0735217556/

https://juliagalef.com/

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Julia Galef


Eran Segev


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #659 - 30 May 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:40
Saunders rolls up his sleeve

Join Richard as he makes his way to the Sydney COVID-19 Vaccination Hub to get the first of two shots. Later we catch up with Susan Gerbic, Adrienne Hill, Kelly Burke and Leonard Tramiel as they relay their vaccination experiences.

0:18:46
Back to Mind Body Wallet

After a year's break, the Skeptic Zone dives once more into the bizzare world of a new age festival in Sydney. Joining in on the 'fun' is Daryl Coloughn and from 'The Medical Republic' magazine, Penny Durham.

https://medicalrepublic.com.au

0:30:28
Pete Evans Cooks his own Goose

The Therapeutic Goods Administration, has issued infringement notices totalling almost $80,000 to Peter Evans Chef Pty Ltd. The TGA also issued a directions notice to the company and to sole Director, Peter Evans, for removal of alleged non-compliant advertising.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-25/pete-evans-company-fined-80000-for-repeated-breaches/100165090

https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/peter-evans-chef-pty-ltd-fined-79920-alleged-unlawful-advertising

0:37:55
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised newspapers on a search for references to 'the New Age' and 'Skeptic'.

http://faginfamily.net/barry/psychic

James van Praagh failing
https://youtu.be/t07UzTcApMI

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Vaccination
Vax Time


Mind Body Wallet
Festival


Trove
New Age


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #658 - 23 May 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:09
Anti-Vax Hairdressers

Gold Coast hair salon refuses customers who have had a COVID-19 vaccine. - 9News

https://www.9news.com.au/national/gold-coast-hair-salon-refuses-customers-who-have-had-covid19-vaccine/15755f96-66c0-403f-b951-f3d9ca2bdd13

A hairdresser in south-west Victoria has come under fire from a local health authority for saying she won't accept customers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. - Matt Neal from the ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-21/anti-vax-hairdresser-bans-covid-jab-customers/100154936

0:13:50
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:25:30
The Book of Tim

Tim Mendham reads from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine, from Australian Skeptics. 'The Scopes Monkey Trail'.

Vol 34 No 2 - June 2014

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:24
Kelly Burke talks about Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

Join members of the Great Australian Psychic Prediction Project and find out about Kelly's recent online talk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lkpSRTG2Jk&t=8622s

0:36:23
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the 'The Scopes Monkey Trail'.

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

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Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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COVID
Anit-Vax Hairdressers


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Kelly Burke
Online Talk


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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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
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Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

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!

Solar Flare episode 1


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