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The Skeptic Zone #466 - 24 Sept 2017

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 qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Susan Gerbic

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The Skeptic Zone #465 - 17 Sept 2017

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 remarkable poorly attended ant-vaccination rally in Sdyney 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

Dr Karl

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The Skeptic Zone #464 - 10 Sept 2017

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



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

http://midaat.org.il/

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.

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 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

Dr Keren Landsman

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The Skeptic Zone #463 - 3 Sept 2017

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

Cara Santa Maria

Direct download:
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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.

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It's old time radio from the future!

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