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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

Tom and Cecil

Direct download:
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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

Myles Power

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_423_161127.mp3



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

Skeptics with a K

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_422_161120.mp3



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

Evan Bernstein

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_421_161113.mp3



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

Also...

NZ Skeptics Conference

http://conference.skeptics.nz

Dr Karl

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_420_161106.mp3



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

Dr Paul Willis

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_419_161030.mp3



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!

http://www.accreditedfirstaid.com.au/2016/10/24/just-how-dangerous-are-australian-snakes/

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

ESP podcast

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_418_161023.mp3



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.

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

Michael Marshall

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_417_161016.mp3



The Skeptic Zone LIVE #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.

 

Skeptic Zone LIVE

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_416_161009.mp3



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Solar Flare

Featuring

Verna Morris, Maureen Chuck, Ken McLeod, Monica Saville, Dr Richard Gordon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, John Bundock, Peter Bowditch and Lauren Cochrane with Ada and Jack.

YouTube
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

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Also featuring the hit song
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It's old time radio from the future!

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