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The Skeptic Zone #791 - 3 December 2023
Introduction Richard Saunders
Bend Spoon 2023
Walkley winner Coulthart wins 2023 Bent Spoon for UFOs!
Ross Coulthart, who has won five Walkley awards (including the top Gold Walkley) during
his career as a journalist, can now add another prize to the list - the Australian Skeptics' Bent
Spoon award. Also we report on some of the more positive awards.
Welcome message from James Randi. Those at the 2013 Australian Skeptics National Convention were delighted to see James Randi on the big screen - Australian Skeptics Awards. Who were the winners of this year's awards? Find out with news from the convention - Dr Rachie Reports... This week Dr Rachie finds herself in Qatar where she is attending a conference on toxins. She tells us about the recent court case involving the Australian Vaccination Network (or soon be called... ?? Who know? Maybe you can think up a good name for them.) - A Week in Science - Maynard's Spooky Action... Interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention. This week Maynard chats to Ketan Joshi - Mr. X - Kevin Davies - Graham Wilson
Being able to evaluate the evidence behind a scientific claim is important. Being able to recognise bad science reporting, or faults in scientific studies, is equally important. These 12 points will help you separate the science from the pseudoscience.
Sense about Science
We chat with Dr Chris Peters about the 'Ask for the Evidence' program - Maynard's Spooky Action... Part 1. UFOs over Newcastle? Maynard finds out more with Ian Kirkwood - A Week in Science - Maynard's Spooky Action... Part. Random interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention.
Maynard interviews Brain Dunning from the Skeptoid Podcast and finds out more about the stories from Australia. Tasmanian Tigers, UFOS and more under his skeptical eye - A Week in Science - Robert Blaskiewicz and the Burzynski Clinic. USA Toady are reporting on the Burzynski Clinic, the centre that seems to claim it can sure cancer. Robert Blaskiewicz fills us in on this clinic and some of the web sites that counter the claims - Maynard's Spooky Action... Part 2. Thinking of getting married? Would you like to marry your.... car? Maynard interviews Kate Alway from Sydney who wants to be wed to her VW Beetle.
This week Adrienne interviews Susan Gerbic ftom Guerrilla Skeptics on Wikipedia. Susan, together with a host of other sceptics, as soon to head to Melbourne for the Australian Skeptics National Convention. Find out what Susan will be talking about in Melbourne and how you can meet this inspirational, skeptical activist.
We join the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group as they test a claim of being sble to move clouds with paranormal powers. Incudes commentary by Kenny Biddle, Chief Investigator for the CENTER FOR INQUIRY.
Maynard's Spooky Action... Maynard interviews Dr Rob Morrison about 'The Curiosity Show', an Australian educational children's television show produced from 1972 to 1990. Find out how the show started, some of the adventures along the way and how you and your children can now enjoy this landmark of Australian TV - A Week in Science - Don't get fooled at the Track. From the Scamwatch web site, advice about not getting taken for a ride at the racing track - Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. The question this week... If you could go to Mars but not come back.. would you?
Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and a 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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