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The Skeptic Zone #646 - 28 February 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders and Maynard

0:04:45
Crystal Healing:
The Science and Psychology Behind What Works, What Doesn't, and Why


An interview with Dan Lynch and Julie A. Kirsch

Whether you're new to the practice of crystal healing or have a level of experience with it, chances are you have questions: What works? What doesn't? How and when should I spend my money etc? Forget the magic, the mysticism, and the mythology. You've come to the right place for answers. Dan R. Lynch is a professional geologist and the author of many books about rocks and minerals. Julie A. Kirsch is a trained psychologist. Together, they delve into the fascinating study of crystal healing, and they share their answers with you.

https://adventurewithkeen.com/product/crystal-healing

0:18:58
The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

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

This week Tim looks at seeing things, insights and outsights. And so it goes, the almost inevitable realisation that all knowledge is connected and connectable.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:26:21
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:35:47
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
This week testing psychic claims from 1950. We hear the summing up of Dr Bendit and Mrs Haldane as they give their opinions on the so-called psychics and mediums they encountered.

Into the Unknown - Part #9

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/229628547

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Saunders and Maynard
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Crystals
Interview with Authors


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #645 - 21 February 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:43
Pete Evans Banned (Again!)

Pete Evans' Instagram shut down for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Also his bid for a Senate seat has been widely criticised.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pete-evans-instagram-account-has-been-shut-down-for-spreading-coronavirus-misinformation

0:11:21
Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Argument from Gibberish".

This occurs when a person makes a claim that something is true, then supports that claim with an explanation that includes highly technical jargon from a field that is difficult to comprehend. It also occurs when a claim is based on pure gibberish in lieu of a strong argument.

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.

0:23:29
Facebook Puts Critical Health Information at Risk

Like many organisations, Australian Skeptics Inc was affected by Facebook's changes to sharing and viewing news in Australia. While they are pleased to see that their Facebook Page and past posts have been restored, their own site content is still unable to be shared on Facebook.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2021/02/19/facebook-puts-critical-health-information-at-risk-by-blocking-legitimate-news-sources

0:30:58
The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

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

"It'a All In Your Head!" - This week Tim looks at Phrenology, part #2 of 2 - by Michelle Cooper.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:42:07
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
This week testing psychic claims from 1950.

Into the Unknown - Part #8

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/229628547

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Richard Saunders
Your Host


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


TROVE
Into the Unknown


Logical Fallacies


Typewriter Time


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The Skeptic Zone #644 - 14 February 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:23
Queensland Chiropractic Bad Advice

Chiropractor forced to take down video on COVID-19, claiming 'nonsense' about 'big bad bug' and other bad advice.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/chiropractor-forced-to-take-down-video-on-coronavirus-claiming-nonsense-about-big-bad-bug/news-story/57390e8ab06cce03ba5eba8e23f7f694

0:09:12
Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Fallacy of the Single Cause".

Also known as 'causal oversimplification', this fallacy occurs when it is assumed that there is a single, simple cause of an outcome, when in fact there may be a number of causes.

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.

0:18:02
The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

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

"It'a All In Your Head!" - This week Tim looks at Phrenology, part #1 of 2 - by Michelle Cooper.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:29:31
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
This week testing psychic claims from 1950.

Into the Unknown - Part #7

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

0:44:23
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

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Covid
Bad Advice


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Aust Skeptics
Newsletter


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #643 - 7 February 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:44
Test Your E.S.P.

From 1977 comes this test from 'The Australian Women's Weekly'.

How do you rate your psychic abilities? Have you ever experienced astral travel, levitation, mental telepathy . . . or seen a ghost?

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/5845338

0:19:03
Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to Common Sense".

The ‘Appeal to Common Sense’ is a specific version of ‘Alleged Certainty’. It occurs when someone simply asserts their conclusion as obvious and a fact, however, it may not necessarily be so.

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.

0:28:48
The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.
This week Tim looks at magicians, ethics, names, laws and more.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:36:27
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
This week testing psychic claims from 1950 with spirit healers.

SPIRIT HEALING, the "laying on of hands" or the making of psychic passes is not regarded by all psychic workers as a legitimate part of what can strictly be considered to be within the scope of spiritism.

Into the Unknown - Part #6

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/24681718

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Richard Saunders
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Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


TROVE
Into the Unknown


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #642 - 31 January 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:24
The Great Australian Prediction Project

A look at some of the 'psychic' predictions for HM Queen Elizabeth II over the past 20 years. What was foreseen or maybe not foreseen for the monarch?

0:16:45
Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Fallacy of Composition".

This fallacy is about transferring or projecting the properties shared by a set of individual components to the whole group or product as if they were the one and the same.

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.

0:27:55
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

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

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:36:06
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
This week testing psychic claims from 1950 with an Australian subject.

Into the Unknown - Part #5

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

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Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma, 1 - 20 on YouTube.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuzfqFJyj3etWRBfGdOuqJHlcoafYim62
Richard Saunders
Your Host


Michell Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


TROVE
Into the Unknown


Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #641 - 24 January 2021

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:00:00
The Great Australian Prediction Project

A look at some of the 'psychic' predictions for Donald Trump over the past 20 years. What was foreseen or maybe not foreseen for the former president?

0:13:04
Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Perfect Solution Fallacy".

The perfect solution is an 'all or nothing' way of thinking, unless the outcome is 100% perfect, the baby may end up being thrown out with the bath water. In other words, the idea is being rejected altogether.

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.

0:00:00
Vaccination Rates in Australia

Australia has surpassed the immunisation gold stan dard, with a 95.09 per cent vac cination rate for five-year-olds. With 95 per cent of the population vaccinated, child hood diseases that kill cannot get a foothold due to "herd immunity". - By Jane Hansen

0:33:20
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
This week testing psychic claims from 1950.

Into the Unknown - Part #4

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

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Trump
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Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


TROVE
Into The Unknown


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