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The Skeptic Zone #598 - 29 March 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:14
Maynard's Spooky Action

Will comet ATLAS take our minds off COVID-19? We hope so and so does astronomer Kirsten Banks. Find out about this cosmic visitor, native astronomy and much more from one of Australia's up and coming leaders in science.

https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

http://www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au

https://astrokirsten.com.au/podcast

0:19:05
Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin

Michelle brings us news on how the Northern Territory in Australia is coping with COVID-19.

0:24:15
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Post hoc, ergo, propter hoc".

Also known as "assuming the cause", the "faulty causal assumption" or just "post hoc", this is when two events occur in succession and it is believed that the first event must have caused the second event. Or to put it another way, the second event is a result of the first event.

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.

0:32:41
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson

It's a strange world for a mum of two school kids and things are getting stranger by the day. Heidi and her new life indoors with the family to help beat COVID-19.

0:37:33
The Book of Tim - With Tim Mendham

The Mighty Mitta Muster Water Divining Test - Part #2

A look at how Australian Skeptics test paranormal claims.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

Also
Maynard and Banks
Looking for a Comet


Michelle Franklin
Message from the NT


Michelle Bijkersma
Post hoc


Heidi at home
COVID-19 Home life


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #597 - 22 March 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Message from reporter Michelle Bijkersma

Logical Fallacies and COVID-19

0:02:12
Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:37
Brian Dunning - Skeptoid Podcast Back Catalogue For Free

We chat to Brian about his efforts to keep us informed and entertained during this time of crisis. Also we learn of some COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

http://www.skeptoid.com

0:19:17
Homeopaths in the UK - Unproven COVID-19 Tests in Australia

In the UK, Good Thinking's Judicial Review concluded with strict conditions placed on the Society of Homeopaths.

In Australia, questionable health advice regarding the current virus emergency is emerging from alternative medicine. We look at claims being made by a practitioner of Applied Kinesiology and of Homeopathy.

https://goodthinkingsociety.org

https://quackwatch.org/related/Tests/ak/

Applied Kinesiology video (not a satire)
https://youtu.be/kWJgnX-AhRQ

0:35:05
The Book of Tim - With Tim Mendham

The Mighty Mitta Muster Water Divining Test - Part #1

A look at how Australian Skeptics test paranormal claims.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:44:33
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Sunday interviews, part #4

Attendee Catherine
Eran Segev
Bob Novella
Conspiracy of One

https://www.conspiracyofonesolo.com

Also
Michelle Bijkersma
Michelle Bijkersma's Message

Brian Dunning
Skeptoid for Free


Quack Attack
Do not use Homeopathy


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Maynard
Maynard


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The Skeptic Zone #596 - 15 March 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:19
New Age pseudoscience is no match for COVID-19

In a break with a decades-long tradition, members of Australian Skeptics will not be attending this weekend's Mind Body Spirit exhibition in Sydney's Darling Harbour due to the dangers of the spread of COVID-19 and the ignorant attitudes of some exhibitors.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2020/03/12/new-age-pseudoscience-is-no-match-for-covid-19/

0:09:26
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Australian Skeptics' dinner meeting
This week climate change with,

Dick Smith
Jessica Singer
Maia Marsh and Eran Segev

0:28:17
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Straw Man".

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.

0:36:17
I Think we need to Think - With Susan Gerbic

Susan gives us an update on some recent additions and revisions to Wiki pages.

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

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

http://www.gsowteam.org/

0:43:45
Life is Wild - With Michelle Franklin

Wild Horses. Michelle talks about invasive species. The whole world is full of invasive animal and plant species, and we've seen the argument that it doesn't matter anymore, that we should just accept that the world is all mixed together now, and boundaries are arbitrary, and this is just how it is.

Also
Mind Body Wallet
MBS Warning


Dick Smith
Climate Change


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallicies


Susan Gerbic
GSoW Update


Michelle Franklin
Life is Wild


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The Skeptic Zone #595 - 8 March 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:56
Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

We head to the beautiful 'Surf Coast', a couple of hours south-west of Melbourne, to attend the local Skepticamp. It was also a chance for us to test the 'Premium Wine Card', a device that the makers claim can change the taste of wine and water.

http://premiumwinecard.com

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/amino-neuro-frequency-just-more-embedded-frequencies-silliness/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/skepticgroupsofvictoria/

0:19:30
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Australian Skeptics' dinner meeting
This week climate change with,

Tim Mendham
Dr Michael Mann

0:32:40
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

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

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.

0:39:46
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson

Coronavirus Update

Dr Sue Page AM is a past President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and current Board member of Future Health Leaders, North Coast GP Training, and RACGP Rural. As Associate Professor with the University of Sydney she links to the Northern Rivers University Centre for Rural Health, a collaboration between that university and the University of Southern Cross for the delivery of multidisciplinary health professional education in Australia.

https://info.flutracking.net

https://www.worldometers.info

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au

Also
Dr Sue Page
Coronavirus Update


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Dr Mann
Dr Michael Mann


Roberts and Saunders
Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII


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The Skeptic Zone #594 - 1 March 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders live from Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

0:01:36
Trish & Chips

Trish Hann with timely advice on the use and value of face masks to help prevent the spread of disease. How effective are they? Should you use one and if so how should you use it?

0:12:50
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at the "Appeal to Antiquity".

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.

0:19:49
Australian Skeptics Newsletter #92

SKEPTICON 2020 - Psychic's day in court - UK homeopaths - Peter Brock's crystal Polariser - Are ghosts real? - 'Mad' Mike Hughes dies in rocket crash.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/

0:25:42
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Sunday interviews, part #3

Cara Santa Maria
Jennifer Bernstein

Also
Trish Hann
Trish & Chips


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Cara Santa Maria
Maynard with Cara Santa Maria


Jennifer Berstien
Evan and Jennifer Berstien


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The Skeptic Zone #593 - 23 February 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:37
10 Things to look out for with Medicine Advertisements

Multi-level marketing company fined $37,800 for alleged advertising breaches. The Juice Plus Company Australia Pty Ltd has paid the penalties after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued three infringement notices for alleged advertising breaches relating to vitamin products.

https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/multi-level-marketing-company-fined-37800-alleged-advertising-breaches

https://directselling.org.au/project/the-juice-plus-company-australia/

https://www.tga.gov.au/10-things-look-out-medicine-advertisements

0:15:47
Logical Fallacies - With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at the "Appeal to Authority".

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.

0:22:37
I Think we need to Think - With Susan Gerbic

Susan gives us an update on some recent additions and revisions to Wiki pages, including the CHOICE Magazine Shonkey Awards.

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/nz-skeptic-conference-christchurch-2019/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choice_(Australian_consumer_organisation)

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

0:31:00
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Sunday interviews, part #2

Trish Hann looks at Social Media Influencers.

Also
Video Interview - Richard Saunders. Skepticism, Vintage Woo & Fake News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsu4xaZ1ZUk

Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII
TGA
TGA Warning


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Susan Gerbic
Susan Gerbic


Trish Hann
Maynard interviews Trish Hann


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The Skeptic Zone #592 - 16 February 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:53
A Psychic in Court

Richard Saunders was in the court room when someone claiming to be a psychic appeared in the witness box. This case is turning out to be one of Australia's most infamous murder trials.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-12/chris-dawson-committal-hearing-hears-evidence-from-psychic/11957172

0:15:58
Logical Fallacies - With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Ad Hominem".

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.

0:23:06
Beating Cancer?

The random discovery of a notice stapled to a telegraph pole has us doing a little bit of research into amazing health claims. Can a book for sale on Amazon really give you the secrets to beating every disease? Somehow we are skeptical.

https://www.amazon.com/Beating-Cancer-Disease-Naturally-getting/dp/1696783917/ref=nodl_

https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/cancer-health-news-quackery/alkaline-nonsense

0:37:19
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skepticon 2019.
This week, Sunday interviews, part #1

Caroline Zielinski
Liam Mannix
Tim Mendham

https://www.carolinezielinski.com

Also
Psychic in Court
Psychic in Court


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Maynard
Maynard


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The Skeptic Zone #591 - 9 February 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders with Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in tne Pub

0:02:00
Free Homeopthy Booklet... worth every cent

We take a look at the information found in the free Boiron Homepathy information booklet on offer in American supermarkets and pharmacies. What can we learn from the Q&A section? With help from Heidi Robertson.

0:34:08
Good Thinking takes Homeopthy to court

Good Thinking's legal challenge to accreditation of Society of Homeopaths in the UK to be heard March 18th-19th. The Judicial Review challenging the accreditation of the Society of Homeopaths to be heard by the High Court.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/gts-cease-psa/

0:38:09
Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Sydney Skeptics in the Pub February 2020

Gary Kennedy graduated from the School of Food Technology at UNSW in 1984. He has worked in hospitals and meatworks, and as a food safety trainer and food safety auditor.

He currently is the Managing Director of Correct Food Systems, a food safety consultancy based at Surry Hills, and presents the monthly "What the Food" segment on Afternoons with James Valentine on ABC Local Radio, Sydney.

Also

Lara Benham
Trish Hann
Other Pubbers

http://www.correctfoodsystems.com.au/the-correct-team.html



Also
Maynard's 2020 Calendar

http://maynard.com.au/2020-maynard-calendar

Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

https://tinyurl.com/SkepticampVIII
Homeopathy
Homeopathy


Good Thinking
Good Thinking


Maynard and Gary Kennedy
Maynard and Gary Kennedy


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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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