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 #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.

The Skeptic Zone #415 - 2.October.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
Also an update to the Vaxxed, Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival story.

https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/tag/william-thompson

0:10:14
Dr Lynne Kelly
The traditional Aboriginal memory technique that unlocks the secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and ancient monuments the world over. Lynne Kelly has discovered that a powerful memory technique used by the ancients can unlock the secrets of the Neolithic stone circles of Britain and Europe, the ancient Pueblo buildings in New Mexico and other prehistoric stone monuments across the world.

http://www.lynnekelly.com.au/the-memory-code

0:16:12
Maynard's Spooky Action...
OZ Paranormal and Spiritual Expo
A skeptical road trip! Join Maynard, Jessica, Lara and Richard as they head off to the OZ Paranormal and Spiritual Expo. Interviews with...
Peter Bowditch
Peet Banks
Alex Cayas
PSY - Paranormal Ghost Hunters
Larraine Cilia - pres. UFO and Paranormal Research Society
Kerrie McGilvray - Crystal Bed Healings

http://www.australianparanormalandspiritualexpo.com.au

Also...

Skeptic Zone LIVE - 6th October in Sydney
https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/232095906/

NZ Skeptics Conference 2016 - Queenstown, 2nd-4th December
http://conference.skeptics.n

The Skeptic Zone #414 - 22.September.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:07:00
Ben Goldacre
Homeopathic hucksters. Nonsensical naturopaths. Anti-intellectual anti-vaxxers. Slippery statisticians. The ‘journalists’ daring to declare meats as critically carcinogenic. And let’s not forget – let’s not forget – fraudulent pharmaceutical firms. - We chat to Ben on the eve of his Australian and New Zealand tour.

https://www.thinkinc.org.au/events/ben-goldacre

0:26:35
Take Stock with Shelley Stocken
Doctor Google is at it again with millions of people seeking its advice.

0:35:11
Victorian film festival embroiled in anti-vax, social media trainwreck
The Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival takes aim and shoots itself in the foot while putting its foot in its mouth. We find out why this festival is planning to screen an anti-vaccination film.

https://reasonablehank.com/2016/09/20/victorian-film-festival-embroiled-in-anti-vaccination-social-media-trainwreck/

Also...

Skeptic Zone LIVE - 6th October in Sydney

https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/232095906/

Skeptics Dinner Meeting with Lyne Kelly - 24th September

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/08/11/sydney-dinner-sept-24-wisdom-of-the-ancients

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

http://conference.skeptics.nz

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #413 - 18.September.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:35
Sharon Hill
We talk to Sharon Hill about her web site 'Doubtful News' and look into the merits (or not) of Ghost Tours. Also... Bad Clowns?

http://doubtfulnews.com

0:26:42
Anti-vaccine nurses and midwives
A visit to the 'reasonable hank' blog and the reading of a list of anti-vax memes posted by the very people who should know better.

https://reasonablehank.com/?s=Anti-vaccine+nurses

0:36:06
Bad Clowns and Loch Ness with Ben Radford
Ben tells us more about the strange reports of' Bad Clowns running round and making trouble. Also news of the lastest photo from Loch Ness.

http://benjaminradford.com

Also...

An evening with Dr Ben Goldacre – Think Inc.
https://www.thinkinc.org.au/events/ben-goldacre

Skeptic Zone LIVE - 6th October in Sydney
https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/232095906/

Skeptics Dinner Meeting with Lyne Kelly - 24th September
http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/08/11/sydney-dinner-sept-24-wisdom-of-the-ancients

NZ Skeptics Conference 2016 - Queenstown, 2nd-4th December
http://conference.skeptics.nz

The Skeptic Zone #412 - 11.September.2016  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:07:30
Bad Science Watch in Canada
We chat to Michael Kruse about so called Naturopathic Doctors in Canada thumbing their nose at the law.

http://www.badsciencewatch.ca

0:29:30
Mind Body Wallet over the years
Step back in time to 2002 and 1986 as we look at the Festival of Mind Body Spirit. The New Age never looked so old.

0:43:05
The Raw Skeptic Report
This week Heidi Robertson has another report from the recent Brisbane Skepticamp. She chats to Mandy Noble about woo in the health industry.

http://www.brisbaneskeptics.org

Also...

An evening with Dr Ben Goldacre – Think Inc.

https://www.thinkinc.org.au/events/ben-goldacre

Folding Australia 2016 Origami Convention

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

Skeptics Dinner Meeting with Lyne Kelly - 24th September

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/08/11/sydney-dinner-sept-24-wisdom-of-the-ancients

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #411 - 4.September.2016  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

 


0:05:57

Dr Angie at Dragon Con

We catch up with Dr Angie Mattke and ask her about the talk on alternative medicine she gave at the Skeptrack at Dragon Con in Atlanta.

http://skeptics.dragoncon.org

 

0:19:12

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard and Richard head for the Australian Museum and chat to Rachel Robertson about teaching science via robots.

http://australianmuseum.net.au/science-festival

 

0:25:32

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson has another report from the recent Brisbane Skepticamp. She chats to Michelle Franklin from Darwin Skeptics about how her work looking at bio control.

http://www.brisbaneskeptics.org

 

0:36:08

Maynard and the question of quantum

At Sydney Skeptics in the pub, Maynard finds out wha the average pubber knows about the quantum world. Also a chat with Ian Bryce who does actually know!

 

Also...

The Blue Castle Podcast

http://thebluecastle.libsyn.com

Folding Australia 2016 Origami Convention

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

Skeptics Dinner Meeting with Lyne Kelly - 24th September

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/08/11/sydney-dinner-sept-24-wisdom-of-the-ancients

 

 

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