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The Skeptic Zone #627 - 18 October 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:02
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Part #3 - Brain tells us of the impact of Wakefield's work on vaccination rates, the other authors of the original paper and the link to Elle Macpherson.

https://briandeer.com

0:16:33
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Weasel Words".

These are words for phrases that seem to point in one direction or give a certain impression, but in reality are often meaningless or even misleading.

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.

0:24:02
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.

This week Wishful Thinking, Risky Business, Gambling and more.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:32:00
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "E.S.P." Can you read my mind?

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Heidi and Brian
Brian Deer Interview


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #626 - 11 October 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:09
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Part #2 - Brain tells us of why Wakefield left the Royal Free Hospital, conflicts of interest, buying blood from children, and some of his other investigations.

https://briandeer.com

0:22:51
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:31:42
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. FLAT EARTHERS. In the paranormal world, there have always been some claims and claimants that have been ... how shall we put it ... weird.

https://www.skeptics.com.au

0:37:55
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Quackery". How many ducks can we line up?

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Deer and Robertson
The Raw Skeptic


Aust. Skeptics
Australian Skeptics News


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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Quackery


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The Skeptic Zone #625 - 4 October 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:32
The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson.

Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Part #1 - An overview of the original Wakefild paper, how the children in the study were recruited, the $100 million dollar lawsuit and how the diagnosis of some of the children was changed to suit the end goal.

https://briandeer.com

0:26:45
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Poisoning the Well".

Also known as smear tactics, this is when you try to discredit your opponent, or an institution, especially in the mind of others, before even entering into a debate or conversation.

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.

0:33:45
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Trials by Fire.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:42:06
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Haunted House". What was going 'bump' in the night?

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Brian Deer
Brian Deer Interview


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Trove
Hauntings


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The Skeptic Zone #624 - 27 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:50
Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin

Ever seen a UFO? Many years ago Michelle and her father did and were quite baffled... for a time. What about the time she saw strange red eyes peering at her from the darkness while camping? What this some sort of stragne apparition or did Michelle find a more logical answer?

0:16:05
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the word "Ouija". What did the spirits say?

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

0:31:26
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The Burden of Proof Fallacy".

This is when instead of presenting evidence to support your claim, you insist that the person doubting it, prove your claim to be false.

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.

0:39:08
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Yetis, Yale, Smuggling and Shooting.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:46:23
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

Sample story from 'The Skeptic'.
https://tinyurl.com/y5h8up9a

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Michelle Franklin
Life is Wild


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


Trove
Ouija


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The Skeptic Zone #623 - 20 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:26
COVID-19 Conspiracy Graffiti

Michelle Bijkersma reports on COVID-19 conspiracy theory graffiti in Melbourne.

0:10:42
Protests - COVID-19 Conspiracies

Anti-Lockdown protests at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market as police arrest 74 protesters and issue more than $280,000 in fines.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-arrest-74-and-fine-176-after-vic-market-protest-20200912-p55v1z.html

0:17:12
The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

What Goes Around - Graphology, Writing, Profiling, Testing and Woo.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:25:05
The Secret of the Secret

What is the secret of the secret? Find out as we visit 'The Secret of the Secret Convention'.

With the voice talents of Abhijit Chanda and András Pintér.

0:31:19
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "UFO". What is up there in the skies?

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

Also
Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe

Maynard's Mastermind Quiz - With Richard Saunders

https://www.facebook.com/maynard1/videos/10158830429649359

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Michelle Bijkersma
Positive Graffiti


Tim Mendham
Book of Tim


Trove
UFOs
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The Skeptic Zone #622 - 13 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:20
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the words "Yowie Hunt". Did anyone ever find the Australian Big Foot?

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

0:21:08
CFI - We're Not Backing Down from Walmart

Snake oil profiteering has emerged as a genuine crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplifying what the Center for Inquiry has been saying for years: Pseudoscientific medicine is dangerous, and those who profit from it must be held accountable.

https://centerforinquiry.org

0:25:00
Skeptrack Repoert

An overview of the live online Skeptrack from Dragon*Con 2020.

http://www.skeptrack.com

0:32:18
A visit to a New, New Age Vet

Can Map-you-luncher, Ke-ring Dlistals, Flo-me-lapthy, Skyo-blaptic, Free-tex-lolagy and Snerbal Stoop-alments save Henrietta the cat?

With the voice talents of Dr Angie Mattke and Pontus Böckman.

0:38:57
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

Also
Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


TROVE
Yowies!


Skeptrak
Skeptrack Report


Hen the Cat
Map-You-Luncher?
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The Skeptic Zone #621 - 5 September 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:43
Here's My Two Cents Worth. With Jennifer Hathorn

Jennifer takes us on a decades long journey through the madness that is Dragon*Con. What are some of the highlights involving skepticism? Find out about the time James Randi appeared with Alice Cooper.

0:13:47
LIVE from Skeptrack!

We talk to Dr Angie Mattke and Derek Colanduno from the studio floor ar virtual Dragon*Con. What's coming up this year on this live skeptical event?

http://www.skeptrack.com

0:21:02
Enter the Dragon (Con)

From the pages of 'The Skeptic', Richard Saunders reports on skepticism in the US - Dragon*Con and the Solano Stroll.

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

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Jennifer Hathorn
Two Cents


Dr Angie
LIVE from D*C


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Dragon*Con Memories
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The Skeptic Zone #620 - 30 August 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:50
A Dive into a Trove

A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the word "clairvoyant". Can we find a little wisdom from the past?

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

0:20:10
Australian Skeptics Newsletter

What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:28:22
Online Trivia with Susan Gerbic

It's not all bad news in the lockdown. Find out how you can join in an online, world-wide trivia game every week.

0:33:33
Peril in the Bermuda Triangle

Do you dare take a tour in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle? If you do, expect the unexpected!

With the voice talent of Susan Gerbic.

0:38:44
More COVID-19 Craziness

A round up of stories and reports from the "far side" of COVID-19 conspiracies and foolishness.

https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/lizzy-rose-shows-coronavirus-symptoms-in-new-online-video-c-1263751

https://www.perthnow.com.au/technology/celebrity-chef-pete-evans-spruiks-donald-trump-in-latest-video-ng-562377bc5cd261e4960b59ad0aa87010

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/courts-law/magistrate-smacks-down-victorian-antimasker-mandy-crerar/news-story/68b9590042cbd302fffad44772ab8761

https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/magda-szubanski-targeted-by-conspiracy-theorists-after-coronavirus-safety-ad/news-story/0248a388cd48e268fcef236ad2a664f9

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/kath-kim-comedian-magda-szubanski-accuses-chef-pete-evans-of-fat-shaming/news-story/56f365747e8a429501952edc2a1d6f4a



Also

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub Online (Thursday 3 Sept. 7pm)

https://www.twitch.tv/australianskeptics

Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


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Aust Skeptics
Aust Skeptics


Susan Gerbic
Online Trivia


COVID-19
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