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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

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


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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The Skeptic Zone #609 - 14 June 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:37
Prof. Paul Willis on the hunt for Dinosaurs

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.

http://palaeopictures.com/

Video of interview with Prof. Willis

https://youtu.be/640zWWa2WzE

0:24:49
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Moving the Goal Posts".

Also known as “Raising the Bar” and “The Shifting Sands” this is when your opponent does not accept a successful answer to their challenge and insists on you answering more and more questions.

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.

0:32:54
The Coronavirus is a fraud??

We look at a bizarre flyer finding its way into letter boxes around Sydney. Is there a link to The Informed Medical Options Party (IMOP), the people against Vaccination and Fluoride?

0:44:00
The Book of Tim - With Tim Mendham

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

The History of Chiropractic, part #1 - Written by Dr Stephen Basser.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


A/Prof Paul Willis
Palaeo Pictures


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Coronavirus
IMOP the Floor


Tim Mendham
The Book of Tim


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The Skeptic Zone #608 - 7 June 2020

Show Notes

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:04:50
Zapping Quack Machines

Loretta Marron, aka The Jellybean Lady, tells us about her long campaign to expose medical zapping machines. These devices claim to scan your body with magical energy and zap parasites and viruses.

https://www.scienceinmedicine.org.au

0:18:43
Psychic Sting Update

Susan Gerbic returns with an update to the story we posted last week. Now the New Zealand media are interested in the psychic who claimed to have a preventative for COVID-19.

https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/05-06-2020/nz-psychic-healer-promotes-dietary-supplement-as-covid-19-preventative/

https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/the-thomas-john-experience-buckle-up-hes-back/
0:26:41
Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "The False Equivalence Fallacy".

This is when it is argued that two different things or points of view, that may have only passing or superficial similarities, are in fact logically equivalent.

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.

0:32:44
Australian Skeptics Newsletter #99

What's making news at Australian Skeptics? Find out with newsletter #99.

http://www.skeptics.com.au

0:36:45
Go Extinct! Stardust Catches the Carnivores

An interview with Bailey Harris and Ariel Marcy.

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 tree.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stardustscience/stardust-edition-go-extinct-evolutionary-tree-board-game

https://www.steamgalaxy.com

Also
Skepticon 2020

https://www.skepticon.org.au

Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

https://coronaconspiracy.cloud


Loretta Marron
The Jellybean Lady


Susan Gerbic
Pschic didn't see it coming


Michelle Bijkersma
Logical Fallacies


Game On
Go Extinct!


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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 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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Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

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
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

Solar Flare episode 1


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