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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.

http://compare-trials.org

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/

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

http://conference.skeptics.nz

Ben Goldacre

Direct download:
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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

Sharon Hill - Ben Radford

Direct download:
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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

Michael Kruse

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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

Angie Mattke

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The Skeptic Zone #410 - 28 August 2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders (and the skeptical cats)

0:05:20

Mother who posted video of her baby is bullied by anti-vaxxers online

The mother who posted a heartbreaking video of her five-week-old baby choking for air after catching whooping cough has been bullied online by trolls who say “vaccination is what caused her baby to get sick”.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/babies/mother-who-posted-heartbreaking-video-of-her-baby-choking-is-bullied-by-antivaxxers-online/news-story/681691f600de9bbc499d2fa03fab55e7

0:12:43

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson has another report from the recent Brisbane Skepticamp. She chats to Natalie Carrington about how language can be used to fight pseudoscience and woo.

http://www.brisbaneskeptics.org

0:20:00

Chiro Board Responds to Skeptics Concerns

Following the revelation of chiropractor Ian Rossborough’s ‘cracking’ of an infant’s spine on YouTube, Australian Skeptics and many members of the public and professionals expressed their outrage.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/08/23/chiro-board-responds-to-skeptics-concerns/

http://www.ahpra.gov.au/registration/registers-of-practitioners.aspx

0:28:25

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard and Richard head for the Australian Museum to perform the Mystery Investigators show as part in Sceince Week.

We also learn about crime investigation and chat to Margaret, Rory and Willow.

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

http://www.mysteryinvestigators.com

Also...

Skeptics Dinner Meeting with Lyne Kelly - 24th September

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

Natalie Carrington

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The Skeptic Zone #409 - 21 August 2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Heidi Robertson

0:02:07

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson has another report from the recent Brisbane Skepticamp. She chats to Enrique Bustamante and learns about the real Dunning Kruger effect.

http://www.brisbaneskeptics.org

0:13:21

Maynard's Spooky Action..

Maynard and Richard head for the Australian Museum to perfrom the Mystery Investigators show as part in Sceince Week. Maynard also chats to Catherine Beehag, the manager of the festival and Alison from the University of Technology.

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

http://www.mysteryinvestigators.com

Also...

Skeptics Dinner Meeting with Lyne Kelly - 24th September

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

https://quirkologyblog.wordpress.com/

Enrique Bustamante

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_409_160821.mp3



The Skeptic Zone #408 - 14 August 2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:08:50

Cupping and Wiki with Susan Gerbic

We chat to Susan who tells us of her efforts to bring the Wiki page on the quackery of Cupping up-to-date.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupping_therapy

guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com

0:19:45

Why Team USA’s use of cupping therapy really sucks

LIke all Australians, Dr Brad can get a bit carried away while cheering for the green and gold at the Olympics. But lately it hasn’t been the Aussie team causing him to yell at the TV. - by Dr Brad McKay

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/why-team-usas-use-of-cupping-therapy-really-sucks/news-story/39e6da472eba56e564139cc17e38ee5b

0:24:20

Ken Harvey

The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded Dr Ken Harvey the 2016 ANZAAS Medal.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/08/09/anzaas-medal-for-ken-harvey

0:28:44

Take Stock with Shelley Stocken

Our new reporter looks into the myths and reality of so-called Demonic Possession.

http://mentalillnesspolicy.org/coping/demonic-possession-mental-illness.html

0:40:42

The Raw Skeptic Report

This week Heidi Robertson reports from the recent Brisbane Skepticamp. Who goes to these events and why? Also an interview with a Curtis who works in an organic supermarket.

http://www.brisbaneskeptics.org

Also...

Skeptics Dinner Meeting with Lyne Kelly - 24th September

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

Susan Gerbic

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_408_160814.mp3



The Skeptic Zone #407 - 7 August 2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:44

Australia's Science Channel

We chat to Dr Paul Willis, director of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) who tells of the new Science Channel and about his many trips to the Antarctic looking for fossils.

http://riaus.tv

10:23 Campaign Against Homeopathy - Antarctic 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQzOidQKafA

Aurora Expeditions

http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/ship/polar-pioneer

0:22:12

Chiropractor charged with breaching advertising requirements

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has charged a New South Wales chiropractor with breaching advertising requirements, alleging his website advertised chiropractic services in a way that was likely to be false, misleading or deceptive.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/08/02/chiropractor-charged-with-false-advertising/

0:26:06

The Checkout and Pharmacy Woo

ABC TV's 'The Checkout' recently ran a story critical of Australian Chemist shops that sell quackery. Included is an exert from the show and the reading of an open letter regarding Ear Candles.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/thecheckout/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTcLpY3MWPk

0:34:00

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

We ask the question, when should you give up trying to argue with a conspiracy theorist?

http://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics

Also...

http://australianmuseum.net.au/event/super-science-saturday

http://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra

Dr Paul Willis

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_407_160807.mp3



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Solar Flare

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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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