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The Skeptic Zone #548 - 21 April 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:10 Interview with Professor Dave

Dave Farina aka 'Professor Dave', tells us about his series of free educational videos covering many scientific disciplines. Also his battle with Flat Earthers!

Response to Globebusters - The Earth Still Isn't Flat

0:21:20 Anti-vax naturopath banned

A naturopath has been banned from providing any health service by the Health Care Complaints Commission. By Jane Hansen

0:24:20 Superstition in Sport

Why do some athletes cling to superstitions? A brief interview with Kristine Dun.
0:29:25 Flying Sorcery

From the pages of 'The Skeptic Magazine', searching the skies for evidence of UFOs and a history of hoaxes. By Steve Roberts

0:39:30 Maynard's Love Shack #2

People all over Sydney are rushing, hushing and flushing to The Red Bar in Glebe for the underrated date of Saturday May 4th, 8pm til midnight for Maynard's Loveshack.

Maynard the retro DJ behind the Madd Club and many other happenings over the decades, presents a night of shameless sounds that celebrate the pop and pretentiousness of the late 20th century.


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The Skeptic Zone #547 - 14 April 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:56 Maynard's Spooky Action

Maynard heads for Sydney Skeptics in the pub and asks pubbers the big question,
"What topics, if any, should skeptics give up?"

0:19:24 Maynard's Spooky Action - part #2

Australia in Space. An interview with Kerrie Dougherty about Australia's involvement in the space race.

Kerrie Dougherty is an independent space historian, curator and writer and a lecturer in the Space Humanities department of the International Space University.

0:27:10 Mind your Spirit, Body and Wallet

We look at 30 years of the Mind Body Spirit festival in Australia.

An interview with Tim Mendham editor of 'The Skeptic Magazine' from Australian Skeptics.

0:43:30 So-called 'Psychic Detectives' sensing nothing

There's a reason police don't work with psychics. Psychics don't work. Which is a bit of an issue in the results-orientated realms in which police and search-and-rescue personnel operate. With the best will in the otherworld, not one example of face-scrunched, chest-tightening, I-feel-such-a-chill emoting has yet solved a single New Zealand murder or resolved a search.


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Flu Vax Day

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The Skeptic Zone #546 - 7 April 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:00 Science Outreach with Dr Kate Carter

Kate Carter, Director of Community Science Education at NCSE. Kate joined NCSE in 2018, after lecturing in biology and working in curriculum development and informal education. She holds a Ph.D. in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University.

0:26:10 The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

Something does smell right in New Zealand Schools. An Auckland primary school has pulled therapeutic diffusers from the classroom after a high court threat from a parent who said the essential oils could trigger asthma attacks.

Heidi looks into Essential Oils. What are they, what of the claims and do they live up to them?

0:42:00 Mind Body Spirit and Money

Thursday, November 16, 1989, was an auspicious day for the New Age in Australia. It marked the opening of the four-day Festival for Mind, Body, Spirit, what is surely the largest gathering so far of New Age marketing yet held in this country.


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The Skeptic Zone #545 - 31 March 2019

Show Notes
0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:10 What would Darwin say...

A interview with Dr Eugenie Scott about what she thinks Charles Darwin would have to say to today's 'Young Earth Creationists'.
0:14:55 Measles Outbreak Emergency

New York county declares Measles outbreak emergency. Rockland County, north of New York City, has barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed. Also Measles fear in the Bay Area.

0:25:15 Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub

We head to Millbrae Skeptics in the Pub, near SFO Airport, to enjoy a Guinness, a meal and good company. We ask the big question, 'should you argue with somebody who is wrong on the Internet?' With Greg Dorais, Leonard Tramiel and more.

0:41:20 Australian Skeptics looking for 'psychic detectives'

Many self-professed psychics claim to have assisted police by providing "insights" into the whereabouts of missing persons, finding evidence, etc. The newspaper headline "Psychic helps in huntforwoman" is commonplace, but rarely do we hear of any follow-up on how useful the psychic's advice (or the newspapers) would lead one to believe.


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Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!

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

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