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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 Skeptic Zone #657 - 16 May 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:58
Maynard's Spooky Action

An interview with Dr Sathana Dushyanthen. Cancer research and COVID-19 myths.

Dr Sathana Dushyanthen is a Science Communicator and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. As part of her Sci Comm work, she has a YouTube channel through which she covers popular science topics and current research. Most recently, she has done a series on COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies.

https://youtu.be/xe5HLfE8TEA

https://pintofscience.com.au

0:17:50
The Long Arm of the Law

The Federal Trade Commission (USA) charged St. Louis-based chiropractor Eric Anthony Nepute and his company Quickwork LLC with violating the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act, by deceptively marketing products containing vitamin D and zinc as scientifically proven to treat or prevent COVID-19. This is the first case the FTC has brought under the new law.

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2021/04/first-action-under-covid-19-consumer-protection-act-ftc-seeks

0:22:47
The Book of Tim

Join Richard Saunders as he chats to Tim about what to expect in the upcoming issue of 'The Skeptic' magazine.

0:37:23
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised newspapers on a search for references to the Alien Abductions.

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

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Dr Sathana Dushyanthen
Medical Myths


Aliens
Taken for a Ride


Mr Mendham
Interview with Tim


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #656 - 9 May 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:00
Letter to the Editor

A follow up to a story we mentioned a few weeks ago where a letter to the editor was published in the Byron Bay Echo newspaper. This week we feature the response from skeptic Ken McLeod. Just who is this mysterious midwife who is complaining about COVID-19 vaccinations?

0:10:20
Crazy COVID-19 Claim

You will not believe the crazy claim the Australian government has had to rebut on their official COVID-19 website. Joining Richard to discuss this foolishness are Adrienne Hill and Leonard Tramiel.

COVID-19 vaccines do not - and cannot - connect you to the internet.
Some of the mRNA vaccines being developed include the use of a material called a hydrogel, which might help disperse the vaccine slowly into our cells. Bioengineers have used similar hydrogels for many years in different ways. For instance, they've used them to help stem cells survive after being put inside our bodies.
Because of this, some people believe that hydrogels are needed for electronic implants, which can connect to the internet.

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/is-it-true/is-it-true-can-covid-19-vaccines-connect-me-to-the-internet

0:26:00
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:33:44
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised newspapers on a search for references to the The National Centre for Science Education and Dr Eugenie Scott.

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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https://pintofscience.com.au

Pint of Science is back! After the success of last year's festival (moved online at the very last minute) Pint of Science AU 2021 will run completely online again, with a range of new and improved activities. Our talented team has spent the last few months brewing up a variety of ways to enjoy a pint of science via video, social media, and across the airwaves. There will be even more ways to participate, with a mixture of pre-recorded and live events, including our wildly popular Pint of Science Trivia. With so much on, we decided to extend our run for two whole weeks, and we can't wait. Hope to see you there!
Ken McLeod
Letter to the Editor


COVID-19
Crazy Claim


Eugenie Scott
Online Newspapers


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #655 - 2 May 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Adrienne Hill

0:02:00
Crazy COVID-19 Flyers

Dispite the roll out of varoius COVID-19 vaccines around the world and despite the terrible situation in countries like India and Brazil, there are still those in our society who are intent on fear moungering. We read out some typical COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy flyers that were placed on cars in an Australian Hospital car park.

0:13:21
You Can Count On Adrienne. With Adrienne Hill

Not long ago on the Skeptic Zone, Adrienne looked at the myth that bad things happen in 3's. This week she turns the tables and looks for examples of good things happening in 3's. Is this a case of second time lucky for the number 3? 1, 2, 3 and off we go!

0:25:14
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised newspapers, this time from the USA, on a search for references to the 'Psychic Predictions' and the Bay Area Skeptics.

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

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Sydney Skeptics in the Pub with Dr Paul Willis

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/AustSkeptics
A Hill
1 2 3


COVID
Conspiracies


Bay Area Skeptics
The Future Past


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.

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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!

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