The Podcast from Australia for
Science and Reason - Since 2008
Skeptic Zone #611 - 28 June 2020
Introduction Richard Saunders
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.
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.
The concerning matter of a Free Energy Machine.
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.
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.
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Palaeo Pictures is a new deal in documentary making. Their documentaries
are made by the palaeontologists doing the research. They can take
the audience into the field, get them in the dirt of the excavations
and following all aspects of the research that brings ancient worlds
back to life. And, along the way, they provide funding support for
the research effort.
Go Extinct! Stardust Catches the Carnivores is a new special edition
of the award-winning Go Extinct! tabletop card game, incorporating
artwork and concepts from the Stardust series of science books for
young readers. Players complete sets of animals based on actual
genetic clades, working to collect the most sets by inferring the
other player's cards and identifying common ancestors on the evolutionary
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?
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.
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.
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!
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by Richard Saunders
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