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  • The Skeptic Zone #473 - 12.Nov.2017

    · 00:53:03 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:37 CSIcon 2017 Part #3 Join us at CSIcon 2017 as we interview Ross Blocher from "Oh No, Ross and Carrie!" The podcast where they don’t just report on spirituality, fringe science and the paranormal (from a scientific, evidence-based standpoint), but dive right in by joining religions, attending spiritual events, undergoing “alternative” treatments, partaking in paranormal investigations, and more. At Oh No, Ross and Carrie!, they show up, so you don’t have to. http://ohnopodcast.com 0:15:50 Northern Territory healer permanently banned A Northern Territory man who claimed to cure a range of medical illnesses and addictions through mind communication and supernatural healing has been permanently banned from conducting his business in the Territory. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/11/09/northern-territory-healer-permanently-banned/ 0:20:14 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Jessica Schab and Élisabeth Feytit. Jessica Schab, born in Vancouver, Canada, is a former ‘’spiritual speaker’’. After ten years, she renounced her "New-Age metaphysical path" when she understood how this route was causing psychological harm and cognitive instability. Memoirs of a Former Mystic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHQkXYIO6i4 All Is Not Well Production Trailer Official https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO91gyD70oA http://www.jessicamystic.com Also... Australian Skeptics - Late night radio segment with Mike Williams http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/ Australian Skeptics - Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell https://omny.fm/shows/john-and-garry/the-skeptics-debunk-all-things-ufo-or-do-they Maynard and Bunga Bunga LIVE EVENT http://www.maynard.com.au Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/244857317/ http://www.devicewatch.org/reports/spooky2/overview.shtml

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  • The Skeptic Zone #472 - 5.Nov.2017

    · 00:55:06 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:07:06 CSIcon 2017 Part #2 Join us at CSIcon 2017 as we interview Joe Nickell and ask about JFK conspiracy theories, strange monsters and more. https://www.joenickell.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Case-Closed-Harvey-Oswald-Assassination/dp/1400034620 https://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-History-Assassination-President-Kennedy/dp/0393045250 On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojkf48Tmi1g 0:24:30 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Sophie Vanthournout at the European Skeptics Congress. Sofie has been the director of Sense about Science EU since May 2016. She is based in Brussels and focuses on EU policy. She was trained as a botanist and has a background in molecular biology research. http://senseaboutscience.org/team/sofie-vanthournout/ 0:38:08 CSIcon 2017 Part #3 Susan Gerbic from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia chats to us before and after the convention. http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com Also... SYDNEY Volunteer EOI Form - Skepticon Australia + Jason Silva: Awestruck https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdyuhG_sp7i-7oQMRjnmaP0WsYaNO3pJM5bHSMF1doEOnxlzg/viewform Australian Skeptics - Late night radio segment with Mike Williams http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/ Australian Skeptics - Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell https://omny.fm/shows/john-and-garry/the-skeptics-debunk-all-things-ufo-or-do-they Maynard and Bunga Bunga LIVE EVENT http://www.maynard.com.au Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #471 - 29.Oct.2017

    · 00:55:09 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:13 CSIcon 2017 Part #1 Join us at CSIcon 2017 as we wander the rooms and halls looking for skeptical people to interivew. This week: Eugenie C. Scott Rob Palmer Brian Dunning Extended interview with Britt Marie Hermes http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com http://principlesofcuriosity.com/ https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com/ 0:23:05 Australian patients vulnerable to quacks We live in the most scientific of ages where it is more than reasonable to expect that modern healthcare strategies will be underpinned by credible scientific evidence for their clinical effectiveness. However, we find flourishing, pseudoscientific concepts and practices that are an affront to our detailed knowledge of how our bodies function in health and disease. - John Dwyer http://www.smh.com.au/comment/australian-patients-vulnerable-to-quacks-20170924-gynuhn.html 0:32:03 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats Mariusz Blochowiak at the European Skeptics Congress. Rational justification for the existence of the devil and the exorcism Mariusz Blochowiak studied physics at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. Afterwards he did his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, focusing on polymer physics. Also... Australian Skeptics - Late night radio segment with Mike Williams http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/ Australian Skeptics - Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell https://omny.fm/shows/john-and-garry/the-skeptics-debunk-all-things-ufo-or-do-they Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #470 - 22.Oct.2017

    · 01:04:36 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:40 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats THE ESP PODCAST at the European Skeptics Congress. András G Pintér, Hungary - Jelena Levin, Latvia - Pontus Böckman, Sweden. The European Skeptics Podcast is an independent, weekly show hosted by three skeptics from different countries, representing several organisations and projects. The main focus of the podcast is to support European level actions within the skeptical movement. http://theesp.eu 0:22:30 “Illegal” for health funds to support some ‘natural’ therapies As part of its overhaul of private health insurance, the Federal government has decided to remove the insurance subsidy from a range of ‘natural’ therapies. A statement from the Department of Health says that consumers can still choose to access these services, but they will not be able to claim benefits from their insurer. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/10/17/illegal-for-health-funds-to-support-some-natural-therapies/ 0:27:27 A chat with Deborah Hyde about QED and the 2017 Ockham Awards Deborah Hyde is a British skeptic, folklorist, cultural anthropologist and Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic. https://www.skeptic.org.uk 0:42:38 A Piece of his Mind - With Professor Paul Willis Policy not Prizes Awards for science are all well and good, but could we be doing more? Media Engagement Services https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au 0:54:55 Maynard's spooky action... at a distance BUNGA BUNGA LIVE! The Festival of Dumb Ideas The hilarious podcast BUNGA BUNGA will be performed & recorded live! Tuesday 14th November at their local, The Harold Park Hotel, Glebe. Funny man Maynard & even funnier man Tim Ferguson, present an evening of comedy, wits and foolishness.. Tuesday 14th November $15 (el cheapo) Harold Park Hotel, Glebe https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=325500& 0:56:50 Susan Gerbic on tour in Sofia, Bulgaria Susan chats to Liubomir Baburov about organising public skeptic events in Bulgaria like Skeptics in the Pub and talks. http://ratio.bg Also... Australian Skeptics - Late night radio segment with Mike Williams http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/ Australian Skeptics - Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell https://omny.fm/shows/john-and-garry/the-skeptics-debunk-all-things-ufo-or-do-they Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #469 - 15.Oct.2017

    · 00:56:47 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:40 Interview with Ben Radford We ask Ben about so-called "Psychic Detectives", people who investigate crimes by using purported paranormal psychic abilities. Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy. https://squaringthestrange.wordpress.com/ 0:24:40 “Australian-first” penalties for male hormone clinic Wellness Enterprises Pty Limited, which traded as Australian Male Hormone Clinic, has been fined $127,500 plus costs after being found guilty and convicted of 17 charges related to unlawful advertising of regulated health services. Charges brought by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) followed advertisements the business published in newspapers around Australia between February and August 2017 for treatment of testosterone deficiency. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/10/05/australian-first-penalties-for-male-hormone-clinic/ 0:30:30 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats Leo Igwe at the European Skeptics Congress. Leo Igwe is a Nigerian human rights advocate and humanist. Igwe is a former Western and Southern African representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and has specialized in campaigning against and documenting the impacts of child witchcraft accusations. 0:43:22 Maynard's spooky action... at a distance BUNGA BUNGA LIVE! The Festival of Dumb Ideas The hilarious podcast BUNGA BUNGA will be performed & recorded live! Tuesday 14th November at their local, The Harold Park Hotel, Glebe. Funny man Maynard & even funnier man Tim Ferguson, present an evening of comedy, wits and foolishness.. Tuesday 14th November $15 (el cheapo) Harold Park Hotel, Glebe https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=325500& 0:45:16 Susan Gerbic on tour in Italy Susan chats to Chiara Pasquini CICAP (Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences) CICAP reaches out to the public through conferences and public lectures, radio and television appearances, through the publication of Query a quarterly magazine (formerly Scienza & Paranormale, ‘Science & Paranormal’), books and articles regarding these topics, through the conservation of a library and an archive of articles. Additional material, both on CICAP own research as well as foreigner skeptical and scientific papers translated into Italian, is published on QueryOnline, the online version of the printed magazine. http://www.ecso.org/organization/cicap/ 0:51:26 Loose Ends We hear from Dr Angie Mattke from the USA. Also... Australian Skeptics - Late night radio segment with Mike Williams http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/ Australian Skeptics - Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell https://omny.fm/shows/john-and-garry/the-skeptics-debunk-all-things-ufo-or-do-they CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #468 - 8.Oct.2017

    · 01:05:10 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:40 Interview with Dr Pamela Gay We find out how Dr Pamela Gay and you can help NASA analyze more than 1.5 million images taken by astronauts on the International Space Station! They need your help analyzing these images – this is a task only a human like you can accomplish. Please join them in enhancing NASA’s extensive catalogue of astronaut images that can be used for science and enjoyed for their beauty. https://cosmoquest.org/x/beta/ 0:23:14 SHONKY Awards CHOICE's annual awards name and shame the shonkiest products and companies taking advantage of Australian consumers. - SHONKY: (adjective) Australian slang meaning "unreliable, unsound, dishonest, poor or of dubious quality; shoddy". https://www.choice.com.au/shonky-awards 0:30:55 Maynard's spooky action... at a distance Billie and the Dinosaurs Interviews with Tim Ferguson, Geoff and David Willis Three hundred million years ago, the world of the dinosaurs was called Pangea - a landmass that covered half the Earth until it broke into two supercontinents - Laurasia and Gondwanaland, which then broke into even more pieces, the largest of which was the island continent of Australia. Then, a great asteroid smashed into the Earth. And this started the Ice Age! And just like that, the dinosaurs were gone. Extinct. At least that’s what Mrs Chalkmore taught her Year 4 class; and only one of her students knew that she was completely and utterly wrong - a girl called Billie. http://www.billieandthedinosaurs.com 0:40:07 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Massimo Polidoro and James Randi at the European Skeptics Congress. 0:45:50 Susan Gerbic on tour in Germany Susan chats to Holm Gero Hümmler who has been active in the German skeptics' group GWUP since 1990s. He was a regional spokesman and convenor for the Frankfurt area. For several years he was an editor of The Skeptiker magazine http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au Also... Australian Skeptics - Late night radio segment with Mike Williams http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/ Australian Skeptics - Breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org QED - Manchester http:https://www.talkinglifestyle.com.au/?s=skepticss//www.qedcon.org QED - Skepticamp Manchester http://www.skepticamp.co.uk SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #467- 1.Oct.2017

    · 00:57:43 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:07:00 Interview with Stevyn Colgan Stevyn Colgan is a British writer, artist and speaker. A former researcher and scriptwriter for the BBC TV series QI and the regular QI Annuals, and for QI's BBC Radio 4 sister show The Museum of Curiosity. Why did the policeman cross the road? TED X https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFfUskk2aXg https://unbound.com/books/why-did-the-policeman-cross-the-road https://unbound.com/books/a-murder-to-die-for 0:25:34 Australian Skeptics offers funds for skeptical programs and activities Australian Skeptics Inc (ASI) is committed to increasing and fostering the skeptical movement in Australia, and consequently has a history of supporting various programs around Australia that promote our aims http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/25/asi-offers-funds-for-skeptical-programs-and-activities/ 0:27:34 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Casey Harrigan On Sept 22, we said happy birthday to scientist and inventor, Michael Faraday (1791-1867). A huge thank you for all the contributions you've made from the electric motor to his discoveries with electromagnetism. We couldn't be here without you! https://www.australiascience.tv 0:29:39 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats Claire Klingenberg before and just after the European Skeptics Congress. 0:37:28 Homeopathy is still nonsense Homeopathic remedies are 'nonsense and risk significant harm' say 29 European scientific bodies. NHS has said it will stop offering the alternative treatment - which has several high-profile celebrity fans. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homeopathy-nonsense-risk-harm-29-european-academies-science-advisory-council-remedies-a7963786.html 0:45:50 Susan Gerbic from the European Skeptics Congress Susan chats to Mentalist and Paranormal Investigator Jakub Kroulik from the Czech Republic. Also She catches up with some of her editors, Ryan Harding and Walkeria Rubles from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment with Mike Williams http://www.2gb.com/podcast/richard-saunders-from-australian-skeptics-society/ Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org QED - Skepticamp Manchester http://www.skepticamp.co.uk SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #466- 24.Sept.2017

    · 00:53:22 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00 Susan Gerbic All roads lead to Europe and the European Skeptics Congress. We catch up with Susan Gerbic as she travels from country to country, making her way to the main event. http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au 0:16:35 Bent Spoon nominations for 2017 The nominations for the 2017 Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon award have been published, featuring an array of potential winners and dis-honourees. The Spoon is awarded to the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle of the year, and is one of the least sought-after awards on the woo calendar. Past winners include Paleo Pete Evans, Homeopathy Plus, the Lutec free energy generator, a whole range of universities, and a psychic dentist. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/21/bent-spoon-nominations-for-2017-abc-nicm-newcastle-city-council-and-more/ 0:20:20 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Kelly Wong History became HERstory when researchers used genomics to confirm that a Viking warrior was, in fact female - not male as anthropologists and historians had assumed. https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-technology-rewrites-history/ 0:22:00 A Piece of his Mind - With Professor Paul Willis No Time for Heroes Heroes on the big screen are all very well, but should we be looking to more realistic answers to the problems of the world? Media Engagement Services https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au 0:28:13 Anti-vaccination GP John Piesse - Update Dr John Piesse suspended from practice - Children in peril due to his actions - What he really thinks about vaccination. Mitcham anti-vax doctor John Piesse suspended by medical board https://tinyurl.com/ydaraz9o Kinder Kids - Herald Sun https://tinyurl.com/ycvajfz6 0:35:00 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats Yoav Landsman about his work with Space IL and the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE to get to the moon. http://www.spaceil.com/mission https://lunar.xprize.org Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org QED - Manchester http://www.qedcon.org QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #465- 17.Sept.2017

    · 01:06:01 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:05 An interview with Kurt Andersen We discuss his new book FANTASYLAND: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History Conspiracy Theories: Nearly 1/2 of Americans believe that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. 1/3 believe global warming is a hoax. 1/3 believe that extraterrestrials have visited (or now reside) on earth. 1/4 believe that U.S. officials planned the 9/11 attacks. How did we arrive at this point? http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/209776/fantasyland-by-kurt-andersen/9781400067213/ 0:16:30 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Ben Lewis Your 5 Step Asteroid Success Plan. Want to become an asteroid mining magnate? Thanks to a new law in Luxembourg we've come up with a foolproof five step plan. https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-your-5-step-asteroid-success-plan/ 0:18:40 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, one of Australia's top science communicators, talks to Maynard about dreams, memories, tiny spiders and loud shirts! 0:38:17 Live report from an Anti-Vax Rally in Sydney Richard Saunders reports from a poorly attended ant-vaccination rally in Sydney and is confronted by one of the organisers. Also, The NSW Parliament has passed legislation removing exemptions for conscientious objection in vaccination rules and tightening vaccination requirements for childcare centres and schools. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will no longer be allowed to enrol them in child care with the “conscientious objector” option scrapped from January 2018. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/14/nsw-parliament-no-conscientious-objection-to-vaccination 0:52:35 Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize, turned down on TV Ruthie Phillips, who bills herself as “Australia’s Top Clairvoyant-Medium”, has turned down an offer to be tested for the Australian Skeptics’ $100,000 challenge. The offer was made to her by Australian Skeptics Inc committee member Richard Saunders on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise program on September 9. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/09/11/top-clairvoyant-refuses-skeptics-100000-challenge Richard Saunders on Sundrise TV - Video https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/37020419/prove-youre-a-psychic-and-win-100-000/#page1 Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Comedy Writing Masterclass with Tim Ferguson http://www.cheekymonkeycomedy.com/comedy-writing-masterclass-2 Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #464- 10.Sept.2017

    · 01:06:10 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders Including an update on anti-vaccination GP John Piesse. http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/medical-regulator-police-raid-antivax-gp-john-piesses-mitcham-clinic-20170909-gye3ak.html 0:06:15 Stranger Things Down Under at the Oz Paranormal Expo Join Lara Benham, Alethia Dean and Richard Saunders as they once again brave the wonders of the paranormal expo. https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder http://www.ozparaexpo.com.au https://www.facebook.com/sydney.ufoclub http://www.moonlarkmedia.com http://www.appighosthunts.com 0:18:45 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Dr Keren Landsman Dr Landsman is an Israeli physician specialising in epidemiology and public health. She writes science fiction and the Hebrew blog ‘End of the world’. http://www.realitybugs.me 0:32:31 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Ben Lewis Some scientists think humans have an upper age limit of 115, but others think we could live far longer. Our life expectancies are increasing, but the very oldest humans just aren't getting older. https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-limit-of-your-lifespan/ 0:36:36 Chris Higgins talks about SkeptiCamp in Manchester A SkeptiCamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists. At SkeptiCamp, it’s the attendees who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the days content, and anyone is welcome to present a talk. You don’t need to be a published author, famous podcaster or professional communicator to get involved. SkeptiCamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for all members of the skeptical community to share their ideas, collaborate and discuss the topics they’re passionate about. http://www.skepticamp.co.uk 0:45:00 Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize For amost 40 years, Australian Skeptics have offered a cash prize to anyone who can prove they have paranormal powers. Paranormal proof: Australian Skeptics' $100,000 prize still unclaimed 37 years on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-04/australian-skeptics-paranormal-proof-prize-still-unclaimed/8852060 Richard Saunders on Sundrise TV - Video https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/37020419/prove-youre-a-psychic-and-win-100-000/#page1 Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester http://www.qedcon.org QED - Skepticamp Manchester http://www.skepticamp.co.uk SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au  

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  • The Skeptic Zone #463- 3.Sept.2017

    · 01:04:48 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders   0:05:27 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Cara Santa Maria. Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is also part of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. http://carasantamaria.com 0:27:24 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Casey Harrigan In the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the most dangerous things in the boxing ring might have been the gloves. This is why the ref's call - and declaration of Mayweather as the winner - was the right call. https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-most-dangerous-thing-in-boxing-may-be-the-gloves/  0:29:10 An interview with Prof. Paul Willis Paul is a former Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, presenter on ABC TV's Catalyst program, palaeontologist and career science communicator. His life has centred around telling stories for science. His career in science communications has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s premier science communications organisation. His is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University. https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au 0:46:40 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson In the last of her reports from 'Star Stuff', Heidi chats to Frank about Astro Anarchy. https://www.facebook.com/Astro-Anarchy-295399253967757  0:50:56 Anti-Vax GP update Embattled anti-vaccination GP John Piesse has agreed to temporarily stop practising as a doctor after he was advised that his medical registration could be suspended. also 'World's number 1 anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia The self-proclaimed "world's number one anti-vaxxer" has been denied permission to visit Australia.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively? would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/worlds-number-1-antivaxxer-kent-heckenlively-denied-entry-to-australia-20170831-gy7u82.html http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-agrees-to-stop-practising-as-a-doctor-20170831-gy87dp.html  Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au    

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  • The Skeptic Zone #462- 27.Aug.2017

    · 01:09:39 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders Including Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe remarks during the solar eclipse. 0:07:14 A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev This week Eran chats to Astronomer Dr Pamela Gay, the Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Planet maps and more! https://www.astrosociety.org http://www.astronomycast.com 0:17:50 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson Exciting news for the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters Group as they have been nominated the North Coast Primary Health Network’s 2017 Community Choice Excellence Award. You can view their video and vote here: http://ncphn.org.au/excellence/community-choice 0:22:16 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Shuj Esufali Let's make algae Australian of the Year! The first evidence of an algae explosion which led to all life on Earth has been found in central Australia. It's time we recognised this little Aussie battler. bit.ly/2whTkFj 0:24:04 Anti-Vax doctor outs himself after a screening of VaXXed. A Melbourne doctor who promotes “natural healing” and who helps parents to avoid compulsory vaccinations for their children is reportedly being investigated by Australia’s health watchdog. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/24/doctor-investigated-over-helping-unvaccinated-children-avoid-no-jab-no-play-law-reports http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-faces-suspension-by-medical-regulator-20170824-gy30qt.html https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/26/melbourne-gp-accused-of-helping-parents-avoid-vaccinations-reprimanded-13-years-ago 0:40:48 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Maynard at Sydney Science Festival - Schools Event at the Australian Museum Interviews with... Tthe Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute http://amsi.org.au Dr Anne Marie Musser Honorary Research Associate at Australian Museum - Jenolan Caves - University of New South Wales http://www.jenolancaves.org.au Thomas Jeffries from the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars http://www.jams.org.au Olga from the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour https://www.wildlifesydney.com.au Also hightlights and fun with the Mystery Investigators show. http://www.mysteryinvestigators.com Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #461- 20.Aug.2017

    · 00:59:30 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:22 Look out! Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe joins us to talk about the upcoming eclipse. Evan also notes the 10 year anniversary since the passing of Perry DeAngelis. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_22,_2028 0:18:00 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Kelly Wong In the green corner: South Australia's newly announced solar thermal power plant. In the black corner: Queensland's proposed coal mine. Which form of energy production will triumph? We know where we're placing our bets https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-australias-energy-showdown 0:19:42 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson While at the recent Star Stuff Astronomy weekend, Heidi met John who has touching story to tell of the struggle of his late son. A cautionary message for us all about the dangers of not vaccinating. https://campaigns.health.gov.au/immunisationfacts 0:31:44 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Maynard at Sydney Science Festival, live from the Powerhouse Museum Interviews with... Yarra the Diamond Python https://taronga.org.au Dr Jodi Rowley http://jodirowley.com Dr Joanne Ocock http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/team/profiles/adjuncts/jo-ocock Dr Rebecca Swanson http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news?search=Hunter%20river%20reports https://sydneyscience.com.au/2017 Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #460- 13.Aug.2017

    · 01:07:54 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders   0:05:22 Reports from NECSS This week we chat to Natalie Newell from The Science Enthusiast Podcast. http://scienceenthusiast.libsyn.com   0:11:30 Interview with Ann Reid #4 Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about science outreach to schools. https://ncse.com/   0:21:30 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Casey Harrigan Researchers have found a protein that mimics the effects of exercise on the heart, while it's great news for those with heart failure, it's not an excuse to skip your workouts. https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-theres-no-such-thing-as-an-exercise-pill/   0:24:20 Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour The producer behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/controversial-antivaxers-banned-from-australia-after-documentary-tour-20170808-gxs44o.html   0:38:13 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Maynard at Skeptics in the Pub Do our pubbers have psychic powers? Find out when Maynard reports on a series of tests live from the rooms at the Occidental Hotel. With Ian Bryce and Jessica Hazzard-White.   Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au  

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  • The Skeptic Zone #459 - 6.Aug.2017

    · 01:00:01 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:30 The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble Australia is one of many countries that have water fluoridation programs currently operating, however there are forces at work trying to remove this important health initiative. 0:15:00 Professor Stefan sojka The 'eat less' diet! 0:16:23 VaXXed on Tour in Australia We report on some of the media coverage of this anti-vaccination crusade. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-26/school-tricked-into-allowing-anti-vaxxer-film-screening/8745154 http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/08/01/anti-vax-film-screened-at-anu https://www.immunisationfoundation.org.au/light-for-riley http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/inside-the-antivaccination-cult/news-story/10ba867d15778a30d88b3ae4ed262a05 http://www.2gb.com/podcast/ray-hadley-bars-anti-vaxxers-for-life https://omny.fm/shows/mornings-with-neil-mitchell/neil-mitchell-speaks-with-dr-john-cunningham-about https://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/no-jab-no-pay-lifts-immunisation-rates 0:32:00 Interview with Ann Reid #3 This week Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about the work she conducted into sequencing the genome of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Virus. https://ncse.com/ 0:45:18 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Ben Lewis Turns out T-Rex was only capable of a 20km/hr power walk, not a flat out sprint. It would still probably catch you though. bit.ly/2ualQW8 0:46:52 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson ANTI-VAXERS and vaccination slackers suffering from preventable diseases are clogging ­Australia’s hospitals and putting a massive burden on the public health purse. People with vaccine-­preventable diseases spent a total of 338,686 days in hospital across the nation in 2015-16, new figures reveal. (by Jane Hansen) http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/patients-lacking-vaccination-spend-on-average-nearly-week-in-hospital/news-story/1a04add4738309c9ae6b503c30fd45d9 Also... Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Maynard and Bunga Bunga may

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  • The Skeptic Zone #458 - 30.July.2017

    · 01:02:21 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:06:10 More Good Thinking with Michael Marshall Marsh brings us up to date with the latest news on homeopathy in the UK with recommendations being looked at that would help curtail this quackery. http://goodthinkingsociety.org 0:15:00 Reports from NECSS Bob Novella from the The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Podcast joins us to chat about what it's like to perform live in front of a skeptical audience.. 0:23:00 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Shuj Esufali NASA is looking at the art of origami to help it send people to Mars! https://www.australiascience.tv 0:24:40 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson Hendra virus infection is a serious condition which can be fatal. The virus was first discovered after an outbreak of illness in horses Hendra, Brisbane in 1994. 0:35:20 Interview with Ann Reid #2 This week Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about the problems faced when trying to communicate the science of climate change. https://ncse.com/ Also... Space Time with Stuart Gary and guest Eran Segev https://audioboom.com/channel/starstuffwithstuartgary Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics Mordi Skeptics in the Pub https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #457 - 23.July.2017

    · 00:55:05 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:06 Reports from NECSS Claire Klingenberg joins us to talk about the 17th European Skeptics Congress. http://euroscepticscon.org http://www.sysifos.cz 0:10:52 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Ben Lewis The Government has announced a review into the space industry in Australia. We think it's time we had an agency of our own. Australia - let's go to space. https://www.australiascience.tv 0:14:15 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson This week Heidi gives us an overview of the recent Star Stuff astronomy meetining in Bryon Bay, and even goes for a walk on Mars! Dr Duane Hamacher https://starstuff.com.au/2017/02/21/speaker-spotlight-dr-duane-hamacher/ Mark Gee http://theartofnight.com/ Dr David Malin https://www.davidmalin.com/ Dr Fred Watson http://www.fredwatson.com.au/ Dr Katie Mack http://www.astrokatie.com/ Dr Karl Kruszelnicki http://drkarl.com/ Dylan O'Donnell http://deography.com/ Dr Alan Duffy http://www.alanrduffy.com/ Jamie Anderson https://www.gspacetech.com/ Michaela Jeffery https://starstuff.com.au/2017/05/25/bonus-speakers/ 0:33:17 Interview with Ann Reid #1 Ann Reid became the executive director of NCSE in 2014. For 15 years she worked as a research biologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where she was responsible for sequencing the 1918 flu virus. She served as a Senior Program Officer at the NRC's Board on Life Sciences for five years and most recently, as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. https://ncse.com/ 0:45:50 Book Review - Nibbling on Einstein's Brain Journal Science affects every part of our lives. It can determine the foods we eat, the clothes we weareven the video games we play. But how do you tell the good science from the bad? Bite into Nibbling on Einstein's Brain and learn some winning strategies for sorting the good from the misleading in science. https://www.bookdepository.com/Nibbling-on-Einstein-s-Brain/9781554511860 Also... Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #456 - 16.July.2017

    · 00:54:00 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00 Reports from NECSS Sharon Roney from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia and Richard Saunders wander around the auditorium before the start of the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism in New York. https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject Later Richard catches up with Dr Harriet Hall, MD to chat about her video series. https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/author/harriet-hall 0:12:20 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Shuj Esufali A smart device with AI called emergency services during a domestic violence incident and possibly saved lives as a result. When it comes to domestic violence, AI could save a lot more. https://www.australiascience.tv 0:15:00 Dr Rachie Reports... wih Dr Rachael Dunlop This week Dr Rachie interviews Craig Egan about the Vaxxed bus is tour across the USA, spreading fear and disinformation about vaccines. Craig is following their route, refuting them with facts and evidence and sometimes lulz at every stop. https://www.gofundme.com/craigs-provax-world-tour http://www.jhrl.com/toxic-puzzle-hunt-hidden-killer 0:36:15 TGA’s list of medical indications full of pseudoscience The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published a draft list of “permitted indications” for listed complementary medicines that includes many terms and concepts that are straight out of the pseudoscience catalogue. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/07/10/tgas-list-of-medical-indications-full-of-pseudoscience/ 0:42:00 Kevin Davies interviews Professor John Carver Professor John Carver has been Director of the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra. He undertook his undergraduate (First-class Honours) degree in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. In 1983, he was awarded his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the Australian National University and subsequently undertook post-doctoral studies in Biochemistry at the Universities of Oxford and Adelaide. http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7366 Also... CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #455 -9.July.2017

    · 00:48:34 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:12 An interview with James Randi From travels in Australia to making TV shows in the UK and Russia, James Randi recounts some of his amazing adventures. Secrets of the Psychics Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFAvH8m8aI James Randi: Psychic Investigator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix_DEto6nH4 0:18:04 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Casey Harrigan Your microbiome might not be made up just of bacteria - if there's less than 12 or more than 59 candles on your birthday cake, you're probably hosting some pretty healthy Archaea as well! https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-welcome-to-the-microbiome-archaea/ 0:20:50 Maynard's Spooky Action.... Maynard at Skeptics in the Pub Another night with Sydney Skeptics. Maynard's big question, do pubbers think skeptics make a differance in the world? Also an interview with Beth Luscombe. With... Jessica Singer Dr Brad Lara Benham Alethea Dean Jessica Hazzard-White and more. https://veryparanormal.com/ Also... CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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  • The Skeptic Zone #454 -2.July.2017

    · 01:05:20 · The Skeptic Zone

    0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:06 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson An interview with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Heidi and Karl chat about science while they drive along the roads of the far north coast of NSW. http://drkarl.com 0:27:48 Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee With Kelly Wong Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee. Happy Census results day, data nerds! We reckon an even better way to celebrate would be to have some concrete data on everyday Australian environmental impact https://www.australiascience.tv 0:29:36 Bees, Bees and is there still honey for tea? Part 2 The science of beekeeping is brought to us by advocate for science education, Dr Eugenie Scott. https://ncse.com http://www.worldofbeekeeping.com 0:55:10 Live from Times Square, New York. Join Richard Saunders as he ventures into the madness that is Times Square. His tour guides are Autumn, Julia and Jocelyn Novella. Also... Tim Mendham from Australian Skeptics chats on radio about the Bermuda Triangle and Hanging Rock. http://www.2gb.com/podcast/tim-mendham-australian-skeptics CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org QED - Manchester qedcon.org Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

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