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The Skeptic Zone #607 - 31 May 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:02:52
COVID-19. Homeopathy in India

We are joined by Abhijit Chanda from the Be Rationable Podcast for his opinion on the use of Homeopathy to fight COVID-19 in India.

https://www.berationable.com

0:17:24
I Think We Need To Think. With Susan Gerbic

Susan gives us the scoop on yet another sting operation. This time an alleged psychic in New Zealand is in her sights. What bizarre and tangled conspiracy theories are woven into the mystical psychic thread? Can the psychic forsee the end of COVID-19?

0:34:46
A Random Rant! With Dr Paulie

We talk to Dr Paulie about a very important announcement regarding this year's Skepticon, the Australian Skeptics National Convention on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

https://www.skepticon.org.au

0:43:04
Pint of Science 2020 - Vaccination Myths

From the Godfrey Laboratory Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, immunology student Catriona Nguyen-Robertson covers some of the more common myths and misconceptions regarding vaccinations.

https://pintofscience.com.au

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - Online

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/AustSkeptics/events/hsfmrpybcjbgb/

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

About Time - Belief in Psychics

https://tinyurl.com/abouttime002
Abhijit Chanda
India Report


Susan Gerbic
NZ Psychic Conspiracies


Dr Paulie
Skepticon 2020


Catriona Nguyen-Robertson
Vaccine Myths


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The Skeptic Zone #606 - 24 May 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:34
The THINK TANK

After a gap of almost 2 years, the Think Tank is back, only this time Instead of meeting at the club at the end of the street, we meet virtually online.

We discuss quack medical devices, secret messages in money and why more people are going to psychics in these troubled times.

With Michelle Franklin in the Northern Territory - Heidi Robertson in Northern NSW - Eran Segev in Sydney - Michelle Bijkersma in Melbourne - Trish Hann in Sydney - Dr Paulie on the Gold Coast - Mandy-Lee Noble in Brisbane - Richard Saunders in Sydney.

Short-lived Anti Quackery Committe 2002 - Video

https://youtu.be/7pXs4Gwy3o0

https://ratbags.com/rsoles/comment/quackerycommittee.htm

https://www.tga.gov.au/bioresonance

0:43:54
About Time! Updates with Susan Gerbic

From now on all the assorted science activism projects that Susan had been working on for years will be under the umbrella title About Time Project.

This will simplify administration tasks, freeing up time allowing them to do more science activism and less time fussing.

They are now a non-profit 501(3)c as About Time

https://centerforinquiry.org/blog/plandemic-asks-questions-but-wont-answer-them/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/GSoWproject/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWm1ELCsYTQw53ljcCpSedw

https://abouttimeproject.wordpress.com

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Maynard MADD Club LIVE

https://www.facebook.com/Maynardcomau

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au
The Think Tank
Meeting of the Minds


Susan Gerbic
About Time!


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The Skeptic Zone #605 - 17 May 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:00

Investigating the Paranormal... and Boobs?

Former Australian Skeptics committee member and one of the founders of the 'Mystery Investigators' show for schools, Alynda Brown tells us of her investigations of "Psychics" and strange medical claims of the early 2000s, including undergoing hypnosis to increase her bust size!

Testing Mr. Sen. (page 40)

https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2022%20(2002)%20No%204.pdf

Testing Ms Maree Teychenne (page 37)

https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2023%20(2003)%20No%203.pdf

Full Fact Book of Cold Reading

https://www.coldreadingsuccess.com/books


0:29:43
Plandemic conspiracy video plays cat-and-mouse with platforms

The anti-vaccine conspiratorial “documentary” Plandemic, which makes a range of misleading claims about COVID-19, has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with social media platforms since it was launched across a range of sites.

It was initially published on May 4 (US time) on video sites Vimeo and YouTube, and quickly followed on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even the business ‘match-up’ site LinkedIn. - Tim Mendham

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2020/05/12/plandemic-conspiracy-video-plays-cat-and-mouse-with-platforms/

0:40:09
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Slippery Slope".

Also known as “The thin edge of the wedge” or “The domino fallacy”, this is where it is asserted that a relatively small step or action in a certain direction will inevitably lead to a chain of events with a larger and negative result.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:49:47
Good News / Bonkers News

The Good: A church in Australia, selling bleach as a coronavirus treatment, is fined $151,200.

The Bonkers: Hundreds of conspiracy theory protesters on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney.

https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/mms-australia-fined-151200-alleged-unlawful-advertising

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-13/church-in-australia-selling-bleach-coronavirus-treatment-fined/12242150

Also
Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Maynard MADD Club LIVE

https://www.facebook.com/Maynardcomau

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au
Alynda Brown
Investigations


Plandemic
Nonsense


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Protest sign
Conspiracy Theorists


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The Skeptic Zone #604 - 10 May 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:14
Conspiracy updates with Ben Radford

Ben is a writer, investigator, and skeptic. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to over twenty books and written over a thousand articles and columns on a wide variety of topics including urban legends, unexplained mysteries, the paranormal, critical thinking, mass hysteria, and media literacy.

https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com/


0:27:08

0:35:23
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Middle Ground".

Also known as “False Compromise” and the “Argument to moderation”, this is when it’s asserted that the truth of the matter lies between two extremes and casts doubt on a well reasoned and evidence based conclusion.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:40:03
Australian Skeptics Newsletter #97

Skepticon 2020 update - Paleo Pete hit with TGA fine - Anti-vax political party changes name despite objections - David Icke kicked off Facebook - Supermarkets scrap dangerous conspiracy magazine.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

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Ben Radford
COVID Conspiracies


Mandy-Lee
Pete Evans Update


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #603 - 3 May 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:39
What Doctors Don't Tell You

In the last week of April 2020, the conspiracy theorist magazine "What Doctors Don't Tell You" was yanked from the sheveles of two Australian Supermarkets after action by Prof. Darren Saunders and radio host Ben Fordham.

https://www.2gb.com/exclusive-supermarkets-selling-dangerous-conspiracy-magazines

https://www.2gb.com/anti-vaccination-magazine-lashes-out-at-ben-fordham

https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/what-doctors-dont-tell-you-magazine-pulled-from-supermarket-shelves/news-story/45b5c8f45ca878859e1424cdaa49eb5f

0:23:38
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The False Dilemma".

Also known as “the false dichotomy”, “the either/or”, and “the false choice”, this is when an argument is framed as having only two options or conclusions, when there are in fact other logical alternatives.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:30:54
The Book of Tim - With Tim Mendham

Please to Remember (From Vol. 36 No. 3 of 'The Skeptic')

Tim looks at some of the ideas and theories about Stonehenge.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


https://www.lynnekelly.com.au/the-memory-code/

0:39:25
Saunders on the radio... 2002

A very young Richard Saunders appeared on Sydney community radio in 2002 to talk about the role and aims of Australian Skeptics Inc. It's 18 years later and how much has changed?

Also
What doctors don't tell you
Conspiracy Theories


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Richard Saunders
Saunders on the radio


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The Skeptic Zone #602 - 26 April 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction

Richard Saunders & Pontus Böckman

http://theesp.eu

https://www.youtube.com/user/VoFTV

0:11:54
Down the Rabbit Hole with Mick West

As COVID-19 makes its way around the world, more and more people are turning to the perceived comfort found in conspiracy theories. Mick tells of some of the old conspiracies doing the rounds and some of the newer ones with the roll out of the 5G network.

https://www.tftrh.com

https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Escaping-the-Rabbit-Hole/West-Mick/9781510735811

0:32:40
The Diet Skeptic. With Mandy-Lee Noble

The COVID-19 pandemic has for many of us brought significant change to our lives and even to how we think and what we value. And in these times you may have come to expect that in a Post-COVID world where health professionals and scientists are considered heroes the place for pseudoscience in health would have significantly diminished but unfortunately that is not the case.

https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/pete-evans-company-fined-alleged-covid-19-advertising-breaches

0:45:40
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This time Michelle looks at "The Appeal To Nature".

This is the false, somewhat romantic idea that just because something comes from nature, it must therefore be pure, wholesome, beneficial and healthy. Basically good for you.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:53:02
CFI Newsletter - Snake Oil Salesmen

It's time to stop giving snake oil salesmen the benefit of the doubt.

Homeopathy is perhaps the most obviously phony form of alternative medicine, and we simply can’t assume that those who manufacture and market it are acting in good faith, any more than we assume positive intent from a fraud psychic who fleeces clients out of their life savings to remove a curse.

https://centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus

Also
Pontus Böckman
Guest Co-host


Mick West
Rabbit Holes and COVID-19


Mandy-Lee
Wellness Gurus


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


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The Skeptic Zone #601 - 19 April 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction

Richard Saunders & Celestia Ward

https://www.2headsstudios.com

https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com

0:09:24

Homeopaths Caught Out.... Again!

Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society

Marsh talks about the philosophy behind his podcast, 'Be Reasonable' that invites believers to have their say. Also the investigations of the Good Thinking Society into the claims being made by UK Homeopaths about treatment for COVID-19. Also Skeptics in the Pub online.

http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/podcasts

https://www.twitch.tv/sitp


0:30:19
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Special Pleading".

This is when instead of admitting your point of view or argument is wrong, you try and find a loop-hole that gives you an ‘out’ and saves you from defeat. It is also when a person makes an exception to a universal principle because they are holding on tight to a belief that doesn’t align with that principle.

A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops up when we are discussing or arguing our point of view.

0:36:53
Past Bent Spoon winners vie for the dishonour in 2020

In the 38 years of the Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon Award, issued to the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle, we have never had the need to award this dishonour to the same person twice. However, with the current COVID-19 situation impacting on the whole world, some of the Bent Spoon winners from past years have suddenly and dramatically thrown their hats into the ring for 2020.
- Story by Richard Saunders and Tim Mendham

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2020/04/16/past-bent-spoon-winners-vie-for-the-dishonour-in-2020

0:44:21
The Book of Tim - With Tim Mendham

Review of 'The Science of Miracles'

Tim gives us his thoughts on this book by lenganady investigator of all this paranormal, Joe Nickell. Tim pays special attention to Joe's look at the 'Miracle of Fátima' from 1917.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

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Celestia Ward
Guest Co-host


Michael Marshall
Good Thinking


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Bent Spoon
Past Winners


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Vaccination Chonicles
 
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.

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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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