The Podcast from Australia for
Science and Reason - Since 2008
Skeptic Zone #663 - 20 June 2021
Introduction Richard Saunders
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.
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.
Introduction Richard Saunders, live from Sydney Skeptics in the Pub
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.
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
00:26:58 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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