The Skeptic Zone

The Skeptic Zone

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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.

Episodes

The Skeptic Zone #435 - 17.Feb.2017  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

 


0:05:40

Healing Touch at Queensland University

Australia's first university-based (but not university endorsed) healing touch clinic has opened in Townsville at James Cook University (JCU). Healing touch is described as an energy-balancing therapy administered through gentle touching and manipulation of energy from a distance, similar to reiki or acupressure.

Dr Steve Roberts and Richard Saunders comment on this sad state of affairs.

Healing touch clinic opens at James Cook University in Australian-first
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-13/healing-therapy-clinic-opens-james-cook-university/8266280

STOSSEL TESTING THERAPEUTIC TOUCH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNoRxCRJ-Y0

Therapeutic Touch
https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4203

 

0:22:00

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Casey Harrigan

If we've learnt one thing from science fiction, it's that travelling to galaxies far far away will mean astronauts will need to enter some kind of stasis to last the journey. However a new idea suggests napping might be a better option than a longer suspended animation.

Further reading via Quartz: http://bit.ly/2klQTw6

Sick and tired of seeing your newsfeed overrun with politics? We have an experiment - share science stories and content on your social media with #sharescience and turn your feed sciencey.

 

0:26:28

A Bike Tour of the Solar System

Join Dr Steve Roberts, Richard Saunders and a team of keen cyclists as they ride from the Sun to Pluto!

The Solar System Walk: St Kilda to Port Melbourne

St Kilda is a unique part of Melbourne with rock music, pop culture and experimental artists mixing it with babes, beaches, boofheads and backpackers. It also has its fair share of lessor known thrills with cafes down backstreets, art displays in discarded buildings and, believe it or not, a walking track that is a 1 to 1 billion replica of the solar system.

https://mycitymelbourne.net/2013/03/30/the-solar-system-walk-st-kilda-to-port-melbourne

 

0:43:42

Chiropractor found guilty of making false claims of curing cancer

A New South Wales chiropractor has been convicted of false advertising after he claimed to be able to prevent, treat and cure cancer in his advertising.

Hance Limboro was sentenced on February 15 at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney after he pleaded guilty to 13 charges filed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in August 2016.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/15/chiropractor-found-guilty-of-making-false-claims-of-curing-cancer

 

0:51:42

Running With Scissors - Podcast

https://www.mixcloud.com/lone_deranger

 

Also...

Homeopathy in the UK: Michael Marshall
https://www.facebook.com/events/700343633505831/

 

The Skeptic Zone #434 - 12.Feb.2017  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

 


0:06:50

The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

A2 or not A2... that is the question. Is A2 milk better than A1? Should you be raiding your local supermarket for all the A2 milk you can carry? Will the cows go on strike? Find out this week as Mandy-Lee take a long slurp of A2 milk.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2009.231r/abstract

https://www.healthkit.com/profile/-mandy-lee-noble/dietitian/342517

 

0:15:46

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Ben Lewis

US scientists have gone rogue … 140 characters at a time. Rogue Twitter accounts have popped up since being ordered by the government to stop tweeting valid, factual scientific information. Just ignoring scientific issues like climate change isn’t going to make them go away and we're all for keeping the science communication going.

Further reading via ABC News: http://ab.co/2k83Hp2

In Mozambique, humans and birds have teamed up in the hunt for a sweet reward. Both benefit from this relationship.
The greater honeyguide bird relies on humans to crack open the hive to access the eggs and larvae inside. Meanwhile, the humans are able to find honey from beehives. This unlikely team is the sweetest thing you'll hear of today.

Further reading via ABC: http://ab.co/2a04W4k and via Science: http://bit.ly/2a3It7E

 

0:19:07

Chiro group distances itself from anti-vaxxers

The Chiropractors Association of Australia, the largest professional group for chiropractors in the country, has come down against the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network for linking itself to the CAA.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/06/chiro-group-distances-itself-from-anti-vaxxers

Researchers warn of dire effects from herbal remedies

Herbal products, portrayed as softer and more ‘natural’ alternatives to prescription medication, can have “dire effects” on users, including acute hepatic and renal failure, exacerbation of pre-existing conditions and diseases, and even death.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/06/researchers-warn-of-dire-effects-from-herbal-remedies

 

0:30:10

Sydney Ghosts and a HOT Night Out

We join the 'Stranger Things Down Under' group as they roam the streets of Sydney looking for ghosts with spooky tour guide Rowan Greaves.

http://www.ghosttours.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

 

The Skeptic Zone #433 - 5.Feb.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:07:05
Fiona O'Leary and "VaXXed" at the European Parliament
We chat to Fiona about the push to have the movie "Vaxxed" removed from a special screening in the European Parliament. Find out if forces of resaon prevail.

http://www.todayfm.com

http://vakcinainfo.org/2017/02/04/scandal-eu-parliament-banned-the-subject-of-unsafe-vaccines/

0:35:00
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Kelly Wong
Is the recently announced Pig-human hybrid controversial science news, or the latest (and weirdest) superhero? Let's break it down.

Read more at ScienceAlert: http://bit.ly/2klNjS4

Overseas produce suppliers are using laser-marked fruit to cut down on unnecessary plastics and replacing stickers on individual produce. We can't wait for this to become popular in Australia!

Further reading via The Guardian: http://bit.ly/2iDsS3j

0:39:55
New Complaints Watchdog On The Job To Protect Patients
A new watchdog with greater powers to protect patients and crack down on dodgy unregistered health service providers and practitioners has started work.
Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced the appointment of Karen Cusack as the inaugural Health Complaints Commissioner, with the Health Complaints Act 2016 coming into effect.

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au

0:45:20
Maynard's Spooky Action....
We head for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where special guest Tim Ferguson is on the bill with Maynard. The question of the night, put to our pubbers, "What do you think about people who go behind their doctor's back and seek so-called alternative medicine?"

https://www.patreon.com/Maynard

Also...

"UFO Belief and Religion" Dr Steve Roberts
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/236343128/

Ghosts! Skeptic Zone report
http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-318-23nov2014

The Skeptic Zone #432 - 29.Jan.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:08:10
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
An open letter to the Editor of the Tweed Daily News
The Northern Rivers Vaccination Supports take action after a local newspaper published an uncritical story and interview with Anti-Vax conspiracy theorists..
With Heidi Robertson and Alison Gaylard

https://www.facebook.com/150057145203234/posts/596209557254655


0:21:28
Wide condemnation of pro-acupuncture research paper on infant colic
A controversial study that claims to have found proof that acupuncture is effective in treating colic in infants has been widely rebuked. In fact, even the associate editor of the journal where the study was published said “in technical terms, the study is negative … the primary outcome did not turn out to be statistically significant”.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:28:18
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Tania Meyer

With the latest disaster that is - was - the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it's also an environmental disaster. While the company plans to recycle phones that are returned, many precious, rare minerals and metals will be lost through the recycling process.

Further reading via VICE Motherboard: http://bit.ly/2dMi4ek

As the Tour Down Under kicks off we look at one of the biggest controversies in cycling. Are cheats "mechanical doping" by putting tiny electric motors in their bikes? The French Parliament has even tried to make it illegal!

Further reading via Cycling Tips: http://bit.ly/2jqN73Y


0:34:45
Maynard's Spooky Action....

Not many UFOs at Maynard's International Studio (annexe) as Richard Saunders drops by for a visit. Find out what about yet another of Maynard's favourite podcasts and we have a questions for the listeners.

http://podcastufo.com

https://www.patreon.com/Maynard


0:41:56
When or skeptics criticise homeopathy, they are often wrong
By Edzard Ernst
This post might come as a surprise to some. And no, Edzard Ernst is not changing sides in the debate in the debate about homeopathy. But he has long felt that, when skeptics criticise homeopathy, they often wrong-foot themselves by using arguments which are not entirely correct.

http://edzardernst.com

Also...

"UFO Belief and Religion" Dr Steve Roberts
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/236343128/

The Skeptic Zone #431 - 22.Jan.2017  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

 


0:05:15

Skeptics stand by Bent Spoon Nomination

The National Institute of Complementary Medicine was less than pleased to be nominated for this award. Will Australian Skeptics back down? NO!

http://www.skeptics.com

 

0:15:22

How Uri Geller convinced the CIA he was a 'psychic warrior'

Thoughts on Spoon Bending and the CIA from over 40 years ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk

https://www.amazon.com/Truth-About-Uri-Geller/dp/0879751991

Experiments wiht Uri Geller 1972 - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3MsqnWtMWY

 

0:28:00

Homeopthic Vets - Update

The RCVS standards committee has announced it is to review the college’s guidance on homeopathy and other alternative and complementary veterinary medicines and therapies. - By David Woodmansey.

https://www.vettimes.co.uk

 

0:32:23

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Ben Lewis

As the Juno spacecraft has finally entered Jupiter's orbit, the first images of Jupiter and the 3 moons, Europa, Io and Ganymede have been sent back to Earth. And these pretty pictures are purely for the enjoyment of humans rather than any specific scientific reason!

Further reading via ScienceAlert: http://bit.ly/29TMBFd

Have you ever realised that you talk to babies and puppies in the exact same way? Scientists have found out why we default to that high pitched voice - and it's actually doing them good.

Further reading via BBC: http://bbc.in/2j2YqMR

 


0:34:45

Stranger Things Down Under

Join us on an exploration of Sydney’s ‘Upside Down’: the weird, wacky and wonderful, from the woo you’ve always wondered about, to cool museums and quirky experiences. All with a group of fabulous like minded sceptics.

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

 

0:37:12

Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev

More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran is joined by Matt Parker, possibly the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up.

http://standupmaths.com

 

Also...

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - TIM FERGUSON from the Doug Anthony All Stars
https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/235901193

Richard Saunders appaers on the E.S.P. podcst
http://theesp.eu/podcast_archive/episode_056_richard_saunders.html

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #430 - 15.Jan.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders


0:05:55
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran is joined from the Czech Skeptics Club Sisyfos, Claire Klingenberg who talks about the 17th European Skeptics Congress.

17TH EUROPEAN SKEPTICS CONGRESS - September 2017
http://euroscepticscon.org

http://www.sysifos.cz

0:13:30
Four 'Psychics' put to a test, in 1993
Skeptic John Foley took on four of Adelaide's top mystics and seers in the 1990s on national TV to see if any could predict the future. I bet none of them predicted podcastings!
A lesson in pychology.

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

0:26:40
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Casey Harrigan
What will science in 2017 hold in store? Here are our predictions for what science stories will make headlines in 2017.

https://www.australiascience.tv/videos/brew-ha-ha-science-predictions-2017

0:29:25
Maynard's Spooky Action...
More of Maynard's favourate podcasts
What would we find if we looked on Maynard's iPod? A mix of science and mystery.

http://maynard.com.au

Exposing PseudoAstronomy Podcast
http://podcast.sjrdesign.net

Inception Radio Network
https://inceptionradionetwork.com

Dark Matter Digital Network
http://darkmatterdigitalnetwork.com

Also...

Richard Saunders appaers on the E.S.P. podcst
http://theesp.eu/podcast_archive/episode_056_richard_saunders.html

The Skeptic Zone #429 - 8.Jan.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:55
The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble
Health and Wellness Woo! - This week Mandy-Lee looks at MTHFR Gene Testing. Is it valid? Is it of use? Find out with the first report from 'The Diet Skeptic'.

0:16:25
Why the RCVS must prevent vets from prescribing homeopathy
Homeopathic care for animals?
The case against homeopathy has never been clearer, with every well-controlled study showing these remedies are no more effective than a placebo. This is to be expected, as homeopathic treatments contain no active substances at all. - Danny Chambers

http://tinyurl.com/gq2lxrb

0:30:26
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Casey Harrigan

Helium gas has finite uses as it escapes into the atmosphere. Helium has uses beyond party balloons - it's important for science, medicine and technology. Uses include MRI machines, deep sea exploration, Large Hadron Collider and rockets!
Global supplies of helium was predicted to run out within 20 years until recently when a helium gas field in Tanzania was discovered. This will give us an extra 7 years of world helium supplies.

Further reading via ABC: http://ab.co/29bnTm3

While we might be looking forward to drinking mojitos and splashing around at the beach, a big season is in store for the intrepid people based in Antarctica this year.

Find out more about the holy grail of climate science: http://ab.co/2htF96a
Read more about the largest all-female expedition: http://bit.ly/2hkao67

0:35:00
La Brea Tar Pits and the Space Shuttle Endeavor
Join Andrew Dunning and Richard Saunders has they wander around the old and the new! From ancient animals to the space-age, all in Los Angeles.

http://www.tarpits.org/

https://californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/air-space/space-shuttle-endeavour

Also...

Better Geology with Andrew Dunning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq--FLzG6qxx9VHAsabZm4A/videos

Calle Amistad - New traditional Cuban Music
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1269796553/calle-amistad-an-album-of-new-traditional-cuban-mu

The Skeptic Zone #428 - 1.Jan.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:44
New Zealand Skeptics 2016 Conference
This week we chat to Mark Honeychurch, a Wellington based skeptic and consumer advocate. He is also the Chair of the NZ Skeptics.
http://skeptics.nz

0:16:30
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha
With Ben Lewis
The Australian Federal Court has ordered internet companies to block five bittorrent websites in a big crackdown against internet piracy. But what will be the consequences of this extreme legislation?
Further reading via ABC: http://ab.co/2hzW4a0
Here are our top 3 biggest science surprises of 2016!
Tesla driverless cars in an overnight upgrade, the unexpected Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster, and streets becoming overwhelmed by those immersed in the augmented reality of Pokemon Go.

0:20:41
The Cass Files - With Dr Cassandra Perryman
Cannabis, hashish, hemp, sinsemilla; informalpot, dope, grass, weed, Mary Jane, bud, hash, bhang, kef, ganja, locoweed; reefer, doob, spliff, toke, roach... get the idea? Cassanddra gives us her view on the drug of choice of many throughout the world.

0:29:10
NSW government to investigate AVsN fund-raising
The Australian newspaper reports that NSW Fair Trading authorities will investigate the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network (AVSN) for “potential breaches of the Charitable Fundraising Act and the Associations Incorporation Act”.
http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/12/28/nsw-government-to-investigate-avsn-fund-raising

0:36:40
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran talks with Noah and Eli from the Scathing Atheist Podcast.
https://scathingatheist.com

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Wishing all Skeptic Zone fans a happy 2017

The Skeptic Zone #427 - 25.December.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:38
New Zealand Skeptics 2016 Conference
This week we chat to Loretta Marron and find out the latest news from the 'Friends of Science in Medicine'.

http://www.scienceinmedicine.org.au

0:16:07
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran talks with Michael Marshall, Nicola Throp and Geoff Whelan. What does it take these days to host a skeptical convention?

0:35:24
Maynard's Spooky Action...
A very Maynard Christmas messge
Ho Ho Ho, it's to the cafe we go and chat to Maynard. What does this international star do on Christmas day? Does anyone really care? Find out with Maynard.

http://maynard.com.au

Also...

Richard Saunders talks in California, Dec. 2016

BAS Skeptalk : Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA


OC Science Club : Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Del Frisco's Grille
772 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, California 92618

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #426 - 18.December.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:45
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran talks with Britt Hermes, a former naturopathic 'doctor' who shares the hard truths about naturopathic medicine to protect patients. Her message is "Please don't be fooled by natural and alternative medicine."

https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com

0:14:09
New Zealand Skeptics 2016 Conference
This week we chat to Susan Gerbic and find out the latest on Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. What can you do to help?
Susan Gerbic at Puzzling World (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OObcuaiLwI8&t=7s

0:26:16
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Casey Harrigan
2016 has been a momentous year. Here we give our top 3 biggest science news of 2016! Here's to 2017!

Watch more:
Zika virus: http://bit.ly/2hm2o1i
Paris agreement: http://bit.ly/2gcXP8f
Gravitational waves: http://bit.ly/LKgravwaves

It's been a big year for sci-fi films, but who pulled it off the best? We review the best and worst movie scientists from 2016.

Ever think "I wish my robot could sweat"?
Well your dreams have been answered thanks to ingenious research from Japan. Say hello to Kengoro, a 1.7m tall, 56kg musculoskeletal humanoid.

Further reading via IEEE Spectrum: http://bit.ly/2eHscrk

0:31:34
Cancer Reseach in Australia
Guest reporter Kevin Davies interviews Prof. Ross Hannan, head of the department of cancer biology and therapeutics at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU College of Medicine. What is the latest news on cancer research and what is the link to Jackie Chan?

http://jcsmr.anu.edu.au/people/ross-hannan

Also...

Richard Saunders talks in California, Dec. 2016

BAS Skeptalk : Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

OC Science Club : Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Del Frisco's Grille
772 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, California 92618

The Skeptic Zone #425 - 11.December.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:40
New Zealand Skeptics 2016 Conference
We head to Queenstown, then to Wanaka to visit Puzzling World for the NZ Skeptics Dinner and Awards. Joining in is Susan Gerbic. Also an interview with Stuart Landsborough to find out about his $100,000 Psychic Prize.
Live music by Brad MacClure

http://www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

http://www.psychicchallenge.co.nz

0:34:18
Take Stock - With Shelley Stocken
Twins! Are you a twin? Are you psychic? Shelley Stocken asks her twin sister or it is the other way around?

0:42:46
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis

South African building Africa’s first private satellite, via ScienceAlert: http://bit.ly/2g9dB55

Australian school students make HIV drug for $2, via Sydney Morning Herald: http://bit.ly/2gXndDN

The Pope has called out climate deniers, via Washington Post: http://wapo.st/2fGOTwI
Plastic banknotes contain meat by-product, via Quartz: http://bit.ly/2fGQQsM

Scurvy is back, via SBS: http://bit.ly/2gAFDqI

According to research, people are more likely to recycle things they see as part of their identity. For example, a personalised coffee increases the chances of you recycling your coffee paper cup!

Further reading via ScienceDaily: http://bit.ly/2fYD9Vw

The Earth-like planet Proxima b has just been discovered orbiting the star nearest to our Sun. We decided to check out some of its features to see if it's likely to be the next hot holiday destination.

Further reading via ABC: http://ab.co/2bRS7s4

0:47:11
Sensing Murder - Letter to Network 10 in 2004
With another series of Sensing Murder to be produced in New Zealand, Richard Saunders looks back to 2004 when he wrote a letter of concern to Network 10 Australia before they axed the show.

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

http://www.psychicchallenge.co.nz/smc/index.html

Also...

Richard Saunders talks in California, Dec. 2016

BAS Skeptalk : Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Atheists-Agnostics-Humanists-Freethinkers-Skeptics/events/235675261

OC Science Club : Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Del Frisco's Grille
772 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, California 92618

https://www.facebook.com/events/1136033126517987

The Skeptic Zone #424 - 1.December.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:50
"Psychic" predictions for 2016
We mark the homework of the top mystics and seers. Did they see the sucess of Donald Trump or the Brexit? Find out and be not so amazed.

0:22:10
Skeptics in the Pub in Sydney
We chat to Michael Marshall about his Australian trip.

http://goodthinkingsociety.org/

0:29:05
Homeopaths cashing in on vulnerable parents
A report from the Sunday World newspaper in Ireland.

0:35:40
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Kelly Wong
Fake news is not immune to science. It's easy to be swayed by cute animal stories but don't be fooled. Animals are not humans and have their own amazing features.

Further reading via ScienceAlert:
http://bit.ly/2gj5Eh1

Recently, people in India have taken to social media to share smog selfies to show the world how bad their pollution is.

Further reading via ABC:0
http://ab.co/2eHwFJc

A woman and her daughter both gave birth with the same womb. It may sound like science fiction but this is exactly what happened when a Swedish woman received a uterus transplant from her own mother. She was then able to receive IVF and give birth to her own son.

Further reading via ABC:
http://ab.co/2elQQNU

0:49:50
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED.
This week Eran chats Tom and Cecil to from the Cognitive Dissonance Podcast.

http://dissonancepod.com

Also...

NZ Skeptics Conference

http://conference.skeptics.nz

The Sydney Freecon - December 9, 10 &11, 2016 - 188 William St. Earlwood
Contact Gary on Twitter - @SydneyFuturian

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #423 - 27.November.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

 
0:05:26
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran chats to Myles Power, a youtuber who fights misinformation on GMOs, Black Salve and MMS or Miracle Mineral Supplement (Bleech!)

https://www.youtube.com/user/powerm1985

http://www.mylespower.co.uk 

0:15:25
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Tania Meyer
Book your next holiday to China! They've just opened up their 500m Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) to the public.
It's the largest of its kind in the world. Now that's telescope tourism!
Where would you go as part of your science bucket list?

What would you put on your science bucket list?
http://bit.ly/2cHmGmd

Even further reading via Quartz:
http://bit.ly/2cy4Wqa 

0:17:03
Maynard's Spooky Action...
An Evening with Lisa Randall
The good people at Think Inc. brought Dr Lisa Randall to Australia for a national tour. Maynard and his trusty microphone head for the Sydney event to report on the night. Includes interviews with Dr Randall, Signe Dean, Ian Bryce, William Broughm and more.

https://www.thinkinc.org.au/events

0:30:03
Mind Body Wallet from 1998
A report by Dr Trevor Case from the pages of the Skeptic Magazine.

See page 59 of this PDF
http://tinyurl.com/jhntpvn

0:37:43
Australian Skeptics Awards from 2016
Who will win the Bent Spoon Award... who will be Skeptic of the Year.... who will be awarded life membership... and who will get 'The Fred' Award? Find out with a report from the convention.

 

Also...

NZ Skeptics Conference

http://conference.skeptics.nz

Michael Marshall - Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - 29 Nov.

https://www.meetup.com/austskeptics/

The Sydney Freecon - December 9, 10 &11, 2016 - 188 William St. Earlwood
Contact Gary on Twitter - @SydneyFuturian

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #422 - 20.November.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:46
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED.
This week Eran chats to Alice Howarth and Mike Hall from the popular 'Skeptics with a K' podcast from the UK.

http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/podcasts

0:16:36
Skeptical letters to the editor, from 1986
Skeptics have a long history of offering cash prizes for proof of the paranormal. We look back to over 30 years ago when members of Canberra Skeptics turned up at a New Age festival to seek any takers. Reports and letters to the editor from the Canberra Times newspaper.

http://tinyurl.com/hjucp5f

0:33:26
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
New findings claim to "explain" the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle. But the story isn't so simple. - With Tania Meyer
Further reading about this Bermuda Triangle mystery:

http://www.australiascience.tv/blogs/bermuda-triangle-mystery-explained

0:35:00
The Think Tank
Join Richard Sanders, Dr Steve Roberts and Maynard as they chat about secret codes, UFOs, warp bubbles in clouds and much more!

http://www.ghostsofoz.com/goo-magazine/richard-saunders-the-skeptic-zone-podcast

https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4208

Also...

NZ Skeptics Conference

http://conference.skeptics.nz

Dr. Angie Mattke from USA - 'Medical Nonsense'

https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/

Michael Marshall - Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - 29 Nov.

https://www.meetup.com/austskeptics/

The Sydney Freecon - December 9, 10 &11, 2016 - 188 William St. Earlwood
Contact Gary on Twitter - @SydneyFuturian

The Skeptic Zone #421 - 13.November.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:23
An American View.... with Evan Bernstein
What might a Trump presidency mean for the future of science and education in the USA? We ask Evan Bernstein, cast member of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast.

http://www.theskepticsguide.org

0:17:17
Government issues health warning over useless newage pendant
The Australian Government has confirmed the presence of radioactive material in "Scalar Energy" pendants. We take a look at some of the amazing claims being made for yet another newage device.

http://www.arpansa.gov.au/radiationprotection/Factsheets/is_pendants.cfm

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-definition-of-scalar-energy

The Quantum Pendant - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxX3ZWY4nw

Applied Kinesiology - How it's Done - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Piu75P8sxTo

0:39:23
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED.
This week Eran chats to Alan Melikdjanian, better known to the world as 'Captain Disillusion'.
He is the founder of Amelik Entertainment, LLC, a South Florida-based video production company specializing in unique and inventive films, web series, commercials and music videos

http://captaindisillusion.com/

Also...

NZ Skeptics Conference
http://conference.skeptics.nz

The Sydney Freecon - December 9, 10 &11, 2016 - 188 William St. Earlwood
Contact Gary on Twitter - @SydneyFuturian

The Skeptic Zone #420 - 6.November.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:05
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED.
This week Eran chats to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki the Australian science communicator and populariser, who is known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television.

http://drkarl.com/

0:15:26
Maynard's Spooky Action...
Blast from the past! In 1991 Dr Karl Kruszelnicki appeared with Maynard on radio to take listeners' questions.

0:20:40
The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson
The WHO publishes a list of websites that are found to "facilitate the access of public health authorities, health professionals and the public to reliable information".
The Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters group is now one of those websites.

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/victory-for-northern-rivers-pro-vaccine-group/3106653/

0:27:39

Orgone Energy
Orgone is a pseudoscientific and spiritual concept described as an esoteric energy or hypothetical universal life force, originally proposed in the 1930s by Wilhelm Reich. This "energy" was applied by famed race car driver Peter Brock in the 1980s.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/?s=Orgone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro_F6tosOjk&feature=youtu.be&t=482

0:41:02
Anti-vaxxers target wrong man
PETER Tiernan is being bombarded by threatening calls and messages from anti-vaccination activists and fears “one absolute nutter” could attack him or his family. All because some activists think he is Reasonable Hank, a pro-vaccination blogger who has been enraging the anti-vaxxers for years. The problem is Mr Tiernan, a 51-year-old physiotherapist who works in the Byron Shire, is not Reasonable Hank and never has been.
By Janes Hansen

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/antivaxxer-activists-wrongly-identify-byron-bay-physiotherapist-as-provaccination-blogger/news-story/9b8bc34dda0476d36ea9484163eebf8f

 

The Skeptic Zone #419 - 30.October.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders


0:05:30
The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson

Every year thousands of Australians are unnecessarily suffering and dying prematurely because of alternative cancer treatments according to a special investigation by Dr Paul Willis, director of The Royal Institution of Australia. Heidi interviews Dr Willis followed by the audio from the special report.

http://www.australiascience.tv/videos/no-alternative-cancer

0:40:06
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran chats to Cara Santa Maria from the SGU Podcast and Talk Nerdy.

http://carasantamaria.com/podcast/

Also...

Mars: The Live Experience

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MARSLIVE16

Think Inc 2017 Pass

https://www.thinkinc.org.au

Vengaboys Tour with Maynard

http://tinyurl.com/jfmlabp

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics

NZ Skeptics Conference

http://conference.skeptics.nz

The Skeptic Zone #418 - 23.October.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:09:00
Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev
In this, the first of a series of interviews from QED, Eran chats to the crew from the ESP podcast.

András G Pintér, Hungary
Jelena Levin, Latvia
Pontus Böckman, Sweden

http://theesp.eu

https://qedcon.org

0:22:56
Natural cancer treatment: Patient turned down chemotherapy but ‘nearly killed himself’
GREG Melhuish turned to natural therapies to cure his cancer and it nearly killed him. That’s the message he now wants to share in the hope it will save lives. By Jane Hansen.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/greg-melhish-turned-down-chemotherapy-to-try-natural-remedy-but-nearly-killed-himself/news-story/cb06bc7d6370fc7068683c132b30777b

0:29:18
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
Australia is full of animals that bite, sting, bite some more, scratch and even worse! But what's the truth of the matter? Will you die just walking down the street? Find out with Heidi!

0:40:00
NZ Skeptics Conference 2016 Queenstown, 2nd-4th December
Amazing Speakers!
NZ Skeptics have lined up some amazing speakers from the USA and Australia, as well as home grown talent from around New Zealand.
Find out more with Brad MacClure.

http://conference.skeptics.nz

Also...

Mars: The Live Experience

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MARSLIVE16

Folding Australia 2016 Origami Convention

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/folding-australia-2016-origami-convention-tickets-26347133987

Vengaboys Tour with Maynard

http://tinyurl.com/jfmlabp

The Skeptic Zone #417 - 16.October.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:33
More Good Thinking... with Michael Marshall
The Good Thinking Society welcomed the decision by NHS Wirral CCG to decommission homeopathy and Iscador services. The decision comes after months of consultation which showed overwhelming support from the public for an end to funding.

At QED 2016, in the Ockham Awards event/campaign shortlist, readers of the British version of 'The Skeptic Magazine' voted for The Good Thinking Society for their homeopathy in the NHS campaign.

http://goodthinkingsociety.org/

https://qedcon.org/

0:32:50
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia issues position statement on anti-vaccine nurses and midwives
On October 11 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia responded to a number of complaints regarding anti-vaccination material and advice being disseminated by registered nurses, enrolled nurses, and registered midwives, by publishing a new position statement on anti-vaccination misinformation:

https://reasonablehank.com/2016/10/13/nursing-and-midwifery-board-of-australia-issues-position-statement-on-anti-vaccine-nurses-and-midwives/

0:37:47
Maynard's Spooky Action...
Interviews at "An Evening with Goldacre" in Sydney
Robyn Willims from ABC radio's Science Show
Signe Dean from SBS radio and Australian Skeptics

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/robyn-williams/2913842

http://nevertoocurious.com/

Also...

NZ Skeptics Conference 2016 - Queenstown, 2nd-4th December

http://conference.skeptics.nz

The Skeptic Zone #416 - 9.October.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Maynard - Richard Saunders - Stefan Sojka

0:06:27
A Grain of Salt - With Eran Segev
This week Eran looks at the increasingly bizarre chain of emails being send from anti-vaccine activist Judy Wilyman PhD.

0:28:37
The Cass Files - With Dr Cassandra Perryman
What is Hypnosis? Does it work as claimed? You uses it?
Find out with Dr Cassandra.

0:34:25
Prize Time
The Memory Code by Lynne Kelly. Thanks to Allen & Unwin

https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/popular-science/The-Memory-Code-Lynne-Kelly-9781760291327


0:37:00
Signe Dean
What has the online reaction to the question of fluoride in the drinking water been in Australia? Signe reviews some of the more interesting comments.

http://nevertoocurious.com

0:45:40
Short break with Maynard in the audiance

0:46:50
Maynard's Spooky Action...
An interview with Dr Brad McKay. Anti-vax parents and a trip the Burning Man festival in the USA

1:00:44
Prize Time
Suzi Jamil and Desh Amila from Think Inc.
Tickets to see Dr Lisa Randall

https://www.thinkinc.org.au/events/lisa/

1:04:48
Take Stock - With Shelley Stocken
Top 5 lesser known strange or dangerous complementary and alternative therapies.

0:14:50
Prize Time
Pinball Science by Ian Graham. Thanks to Allen & Unwin

https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/popular-science/Pinball-Science-Ian-Graham-9781760294243

1:16:20
Dr Stefan Sojka
The new new-age internet filter.

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