Kevin Davies interviews Jose Barrero and Marina Trigueros.
GMOonly is an initiative dedicated to the promotion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and the sale of products made with GMOs. They are the first brand proud to show upfront the benefits of using GMOs.
After more than 60 years of research, the agreement among scientists is that the climate is changing and that this change is mostly human-induced. The agreement is as strong as that concerning evolution and the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Among experts, disagreement about the core elements is almost non-existent.
We interview the Chair of New Zealand Skeptics, Craig Shearer about how Wellington ratepayers are funding a pseudo-scientific method to find buried water pipes. The contractor, Downer and the Wellington City Council are not concerned at the public's perception their money has been spent on disproved science. Rather than use electronic equipment, a Downer contractor working on a Wellington City Council project used two copper rods to tell him where pipes lay.
Australian journalist Mike Willesee has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with throat cancer. He is noted as the only person to win both positive and negative awards from Australian Skeptics. He had a long, largely positive, relationship with the Skeptics during the 1980s, but less positive during the 1990s.
From the pages of 'The Skeptic Magazine', a report by Jim Goulter.
"I was disturbed to find a pamphlet entitled Homoeopathy, The quiet achiever of HIV/AIDS treatment.
The extravagant claims of the feature article so confidently elucidated, set me wondering as to the value of my impending immunisation."
Interview with Dr John Cunningham - Views
on Chiropractic treatments
John Cunningham is an Australian-trained orthopaedic surgeon who
has committed his professional life to the treatment of patients
with spinal disorders. His opinion and knowledge of spinal disorders,
especially those of the ageing spine, spinal trauma and spinal imbalance,
are respected world wide, and he has an active clinical research
programme. He is fully abreast of all current techniques and science
relating to the treatment of spinal conditions and has a special
interest in spondylolisthesis.
Is it true that GPs and chiropractors do much the same level of training
and are thus equally qualified to practice primary healthcare? Should
chiropractors play the role that GPs currently do as the first stop
for medical consultation? The argument used by chiropractors to practice
as primary healthcare is that they must go through the same level
of medical training as GPs, including the same courses, and are thus
as qualified to offer primary healthcare as GPs. The question is whether
this is true.
Maynard's Spooky Action!
Maynard does a follow-up report on the pill testing at music events
issue. Interviews with Shane Greenup, Sophie
and Dr Alex Wodak.
ASI position statement on “gay conversion
Australian Skeptics Inc. (ASI) commends Daniel Andrews and the Victorian
government for the recently announced plan to ban “gay conversion
therapy” across the state. These church-based therapies are
not based on scientific evidence, have been proven not to work, and
are well known to cause physical and psychological harm.
Mark Edward is a professional mentalist who specializes in magic
of the mind. He has spent more than 25 years in world-class venues
from high-end night clubs and theaters to hundreds of private party
and corporate events. As one of only five specially chosen and trained
mediums in the history of Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, he has
performed 15 years of seances that helped him perfect the role of
spirit medium and psychic entertainer.
From the pages of 'The Skeptic Magazine. Is there any harm in psychic
"It made my stomach turn to have to watch it. It was dreadful.
The subject matter was just trivialised and thrown away. The real
actual pain and grief of the people who were there to get some sought
of connection, looking for hope and desperately trying to have closure
on their pain, was just washed over in light entertainment."
- By Peter Booth
Monash University Associate Professor Ken Harvey AM
is the new President of Friends of Science in Medicine. He replaces
Professor John Dwyer AO, the founding president.
Friends of Science in Medicine, founded in 2011, has grown to become
a major critic of unscientific health practices and fraudulent health
claims. It has advised governments and media, made numerous submissions
to enquiries and provided extensive public advice concerning dubious
health claims and practices
Interviews with Paul Flemons from the Australian
Museum and Patrick Tegart from the Office of Environment
Citizen Science programs provide a very important source of data
about biodiversity. Data and insights gained through the efforts
of citizen scientists enable us to learn more about our environments
by creating additional data sources.
A year after his death, we remember famed Australian Skeptic Barry
Williams. From 2002 a radio interview with science braodcaster
Skeptic Zone #536 - 27 January 2019
Oh Yow! Oh Yowie!
Reports are coming in of a large, unearthly creature attacking a delivery
truck in Australia. We talk to famed investigator Ben Radford
from the Squaring the Strange podcast to hear his
thoughts on this strange and frightening event.
The California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural
history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest
museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens.
In Oakland, California we visit the National Science for Science Education
to interview Brad Hoge, Director of teacher support.
Brad joined NCSE in 2017 to help steward NCSEteach into its next phase.
He has been a classroom teacher, a children's museum curator, a research
scientist, and a science educator, including working as an associate
professor at the University of Houston - Downtown. He holds a Ph.D.
in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, and an M.Ed.
in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M.
Ear candling is a widely promoted alternative medical practice that
involves inserting and lighting a hollow candle in the ear canal.
It is claimed that candling creates a vacuum that removes wax and
that it can also relieve ear ache, glue ear, tinnitus, sinus problems,
chronic headache, migraine, sore throat, allergies and many more conditions.
In fact, ear candles and candling are ineffective and dangerous.
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!
Invented, Folded and Photographed
by Richard Saunders
The Skeptic Zone Podcast
is an independent production by Richard Saunders and the team of reporters.
The views and opinions expressed on the Skeptics Zone Podcast are not
necessarily those Australian Skeptics Inc. or any other skeptical organisation.