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The Skeptic Zone #616 - 2 August 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:51
VAXXED Bus Banned

Blue Mountains City Council - Matter of Urgency - That the Council now considers a matter arising in relation to NSW Heath order and Council bookings by VAXXED Bus tour that has been ruled by the Mayor to be a matter of great urgency.

https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/documents/2020-07-28-council-meeting-unconfirmed-minutes

0:10:30
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

Highlights from the recent newsletter from Australian Skeptics. Find out what's going on around the skeptical world and especially right here in Australia.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

https://canberraskeptics.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/604994790085985/

0:19:47
Participating in the Predictions Project

Ease drop in on the very first meeting of the international prediction project participation partnership program. An interesting look into how to score and mark the homework of so-called psychics and mystics. With Richard Saunders and skeptics from all over the United States.

Follow Susan Gerbic on Facebook for details of Prediction Project Zoom meetings.

https://www.facebook.com/Gerbic

0:33:45
Typewriter Time

A very short trip to another planet.

0:36:35
Ghost in a Box

Want to talk with dead people? Ari Moore says there's an app for that.

It doesn't take much time on YouTube before the video-hosting website's algorithm will automatically recommend a video referring to the paranormal. Hundreds of paranormal investigation channels promote their 'research' on the platform, with larger channels reaching upwards of 1 million subscribers. A recent trend in YouTube paranormal entertainment has content creators using smartphone 'spirit box' apps to communicate with whatever spirits and/or demons are in the vicinity.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine

Also
Sydney Skeptics in the Pub Online

https://www.meetup.com/austskeptics

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au
VAXXED Bus
Going Nowhere Fast


Koala
Newsletter


Predicting
With a little help from my friends


Ghost
Are you there, spirits?


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The Skeptic Zone #615 - 26 July 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:13
Pete Evans, what a Tweet

Criticism has been levelled against celebrity chef Pete Evans for a recent tweet in which he seemed to discourage the wearing of face masks.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/pete-evans-suggests-followers-should-stop-wearing-face-masks/news-story/354b3edc7b50bb5b2ef4d763e20f756c

0:10:14
Live Psychic Reading

We chat to Susan Gerbic and a host of skeptics with their comments on a live psychic reading. Were we amazed, suprised or disapointed by what the psychic said?

WIth Celestia Ward, Pontus Böckman, Kenny Biddle, Leonard Tramiel and Wendy Hughes.

https://youtu.be/7PyZ3pPxKs0

0:20:29
VAXXED Bus - Delivers COVID-19 Conspiracies and Bad Advice

Australian Skeptics has issued a warning and call to action to Australian media, medical professionals, and local councils regarding the current anti-vaccination ‘revival’ tour of rural and regional Australia.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2020/07/19/call-to-action-on-anti-vaccination-bus-tour/

0:31:24
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "No True Scotsman".

This interesting sounding fallacy comes from the notion that all Scotsmen are brave and if one turns out to be a coward, then he can not really be a true Scotsman.

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.

0:37:00
Typewriter Time

Water, water everywhere......

With the voice talent of Beth Darlington

0:40:57
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Psychics, Writers, Psychologists and Imbibers.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

Also

Star Trek Continues

https://www.startrekcontinues.com

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

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Twitter Tweet
What a Tweet


Susan Gerbic
Hanging on the line


Vexxed Bus
Road to Nowhere


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #614 - 19 July 2020

Show Notes

Dedicated to the memory of Grant Imahara

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:17
Homeopathy still ineffective in India

We chat to a Abhijit Chanda and get an update on the COVID-19 situation in the subcontinent.

Patanjali Ayurveda's Corona Kit Scam:

https://www.berationable.com/rationable-blog/2020/6/coronakit-or-con-examining-patanjalis-coronavirus-treatment

Article on Immunity Boosting:

https://www.berationable.com/rationable-blog/can-you-boost-your-immune-system

Video on Boosting immunity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r_-kdo98TI

Interview with Dr Shantanu Abhyankar the Patanjali fiasco and boosting immunity for COVID-19:

https://youtu.be/z_LnZDcEzSo?t=745


0:16:11
Typewriter Time

On the hunt for unknown monsters.


0:18:25
The Think Tank

The Skeptic Zone reporters join Richard to discuss some issues of the day.

This time we look at fake signs on playgrounds, the clothing company fined for false COVID-19 claims and the VAXXED bus on its sad tour.

With Michelle Bijkersma, Michelle Franklin

and special guests Lara Benham and Celestia Ward.

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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India Update


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Meeting of the Minds


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The Skeptic Zone #613 - 12 July 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:28
Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin

Water Divining

Every time Michelle brings this up and someone offers to hook her up with their neighbour’s mate’s dad who can divine for her, she tells them about that time, way back before she was even born, when James Randi and Dick Smith and the first few members of the Australian Skeptics offered fifty thousand dollars to anyone who could divine for water for real. And they always seem surprised to hear that no one was able to do it.

0:12:42
Michelle Bijkersma

Melbourne and the Mask


Over the last couple of weeks Michelle has been impressed that locking down and ring fencing suburbs that are hotspots for Covid 19 has been a really targeted approach that spared everyone else in Melbourne, a city of 5 million people, the burden of lockdown again. - Her mask arrived a day or two before Melbourne went into stage 3 lockdown.

How to fit and wear a mask correctly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwXJtN2Yt60

DHHS provides a comprehensive guide to face masks.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-covid-19

0:21:29
Typewriter Time

Flat as far as the eye can see.

With the voice talent of Sierra Joan.

0:25:03
The Cass Files - With Dr Cassandra Perryman

State of the Union


The US has always been a country of contradiction. It was formed out of rebellion, and views rebellion as the “patriotic” thing to do, but only if that rebellion upholds the status quo. Right now, this theme of rebellion and contradiction is on international display. So, what are the most glaring contradictions? Find out on the Cass Files.


0:37:31
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Tu quoque".

Also known as the “Appeal to Hypocrisy” or “look who’s talking”, this is a type of Ad Hominem attack and comes into play when an inconsistency or hypocrisy from your side is used by your opponent to justify their position or to denigrate your position.

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.

0:44:09
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Monsters, Mysteries and Medicos.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Michelle Franklin
Water, Water, Where?


Dr Cass
State of the Union


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #612 - 5 July 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:07
Interview with James Underdown from the CFIIG

Can you demonstrate paranormal ability? Are you interested in earning $250,000 dollars? The Center for Inquiry Investigations Group (CFIIG) at the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles offers a $250,000 prize to anyone who can show, under scientific testing conditions, significant evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power.

https://cfiig.org

0:34:31
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at the "Relative Privation Fallacy".

This fallacy, also known as "not as bad as", can be seen as a type of red herring or distraction. The fallacy is essentially an argument that a certain issue is not important or does not deserve attention and resources because there are other and more important issues.

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.

0:41:50
Typewriter Time

A Cook Book with a message.

0:44:47
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Ghosts and ghouls, sex and magic. And so it goes, the almost inevitable realisation that all knowledge is connected and connectable.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Maynard LIVE Friday 8:30pm

https://www.mixcloud.com/live/dj-maynard/


UK Skeptics in the Pub

https://www.skepticsinthepub.org
Jim Underdown
Paranormal Prize


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #611 - 28 June 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:25
Trish & Chips - With Trish Hann

Trish tells us about her love of the movie Jurassic Park, but more importantly the importance of having positive and strong role models especially for girls and young women looking for inspiration to lead them into the world of science.

0:12:00
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Personal Incredulity".

Also known as "the argument from personal astonishment", this is when someone cannot accept an argument because they don't believe in or don't understand the premise and the points being made. That is to say they think it's false because they cannot see how it can be true.

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.

0:18:49
Typewriter Time

The concerning matter of a Free Energy Machine.

0:22:00
The Think Tank

The Skeptic Zone reporters join Richard to discuss some issues of the day. We delve into why people may legitimately not want to wear masks as well as exploring the mindset driving the resistance. Dr Cass shares her very moving personal experience of COVID-19 before we discuss the burgeoning online Skeptical meeting phenomenon.

With Michelle Bijkersma, Dr Cassandra Perryman, Trish Hann and Michelle Franklin.

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Trish Hann
Trish & Chips


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Think Tank Crew
The Think Tank


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The Skeptic Zone #610 - 21 June 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:30
Maynard's Spooky Action

This week Maynard in conversation with the one and only George Hrab from the Geologic Podcast.

A wide ranging interview with the bonus of George singing the theme from the James Bond movie, Moonraker!

http://www.geologicpodcast.com

0:24:14
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "non sequitur".

The term “non sequitur” comes to us from Latin, and translates as "it does not follow." It is a statement or conclusion that doesn't logically follow from the previous statement or the main point of the argument.

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.

0:33:01
Australian Skeptics Newsletter #100

What's making news at Australian Skeptics? Find out with newsletter #100.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:40:50
The Book of Tim - With Tim Mendham

Back to the Past (From the June 2020 issue of 'The Skeptic')

The History of Chiropractic, part #2 The Chiro Wars - Written by Dr Stephen Basser.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

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Video talks with Susan Gerbic

https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject/
George Hrab
The Singing Skeptic


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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