27 episodes

Why do we believe weird things? What does feminine intuition really mean? How do you become an effective activist for science and reason? Are you ready for a monthly show that poses these questions and more?
Tune into the Token Skeptic for a slightly more skeptical look at stories in the news, urban legends, good science, pseudoscience, and what makes popular culture pop.

Token Skeptic Podcast Kylie Sturgess

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Why do we believe weird things? What does feminine intuition really mean? How do you become an effective activist for science and reason? Are you ready for a monthly show that poses these questions and more?
Tune into the Token Skeptic for a slightly more skeptical look at stories in the news, urban legends, good science, pseudoscience, and what makes popular culture pop.

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    "Zealot: A Book About Cults" by Jo Thornley is published by Hachette and is available online as well as bookstores. We started this Token Skeptic interview by chatting about how "Zealot" came to be.

    • 10 min
    Token Skeptic 234 - On Animals, Language, Koko and Wish Fulfilment

    Token Skeptic 234 - On Animals, Language, Koko and Wish Fulfilment

    The idea that animals have the potential to talk is an alluring one; from the mathematical stunts of , to research on parrots, dolphins and chimps - . It's interesting, exciting and even cute - but is it really true that animals have language? After the recent passing of , I spoke to about the hopes we have about being the next Dr Dolittle, and just how realistic those hopes are. Daniel is a lecturer in applied linguistics at Edith Cowan University, and at the University of Western Australia, as well as a presenter on the popular language podcast . ****************************** A quick note about supporting the podcasts! Check out  – and consider   Theme songs “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of  Additional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at . Tremendous thanks to my Patreon supporters – they are: Stephen, Steven, Andrew, Troy, Jacqueline, Brooke, Gerry, Dr*T, Josh, Linley, Gold and Iggy. Make sure you check out the bonus content on Patreon and as always, you can join them by heading to  (and check out the  too!). Please leave positive comments and reviews on iTunes and consider supporting the show via visiting  – and I’d love to get your feedback via tokenskeptic@gmail.com.

    • 15 min
    Token Skeptic 233 - On Complementary Medicine Laws In Australia and Choice Campaign

    Token Skeptic 233 - On Complementary Medicine Laws In Australia and Choice Campaign

    Hundreds of  such as "tonifies kidney essence" and "opens body orifices" could appear on complementary medicine labels under  Their campaign points out that "Proposed laws could see dangerous and potentially misleading claims on therapeutic goods, especially complementary and alternative medicines like herbal and homeopathic treatments. It means that products can claim to decrease the time it takes to fall asleep or help maintain healthy heart function without having scientific evidence to back their claims." I spoke to Katinka Day, the Campaigns Policy Team Leader at Choice Australia. ****************************** A quick note about supporting the podcasts! Check out  – and consider   Theme songs “Cosgrove” by Pogo, from  and “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of  Additional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at . Tremendous thanks to my Patreon supporters – they are: Stephen, Steven, Andrew, Troy, Jacqueline, Brooke, Gerry, Dr*T, Josh, Linley, Gold and Iggy. Make sure you check out the bonus content on Patreon and as always, you can join them by heading to  (and check out the  too!). Please leave positive comments and reviews on iTunes and consider supporting the show via visiting  – and I’d love to get your feedback via .  

    • 9 min
    Token Skeptic 232 - On Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder

    Token Skeptic 232 - On Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder

     is a science book with a difference, written by Alom Shaha, illustrated by Emily Robertson and published by Scribble Kids Books. Alom was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London; as a parent, teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life trying to share his passion for science and education with the public.  Alom has produced, directed, and appeared in a number of television programmes for broadcasters such as the BBC, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) and the Nuffield Foundation.  His new book  gives clear, step-by-step instructions for over fifteen experiments. Whether you’re a science star or just starting out, it will help you inspire young people to learn. ************************ A quick note about supporting the podcasts! Check out  – and consider   Theme songs “Cosgrove” by Pogo, from  and “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of  Additional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at . Tremendous thanks to my Patreon supporters – they are: Stephen, Steven, Andrew, Troy, Jacqueline, Brooke, Gerry, Dr*T, Josh, Linley, Gold and Iggy. Make sure you check out the bonus content on Patreon and as always, you can join them by heading to  (and check out the  too!). Please leave positive comments and reviews on iTunes and consider supporting the show via visiting  – and I’d love to get your feedback via tokenskeptic@gmail.com.

    • 12 min
    Token Skeptic 231 - On The Woman Who Fooled The World

    Token Skeptic 231 - On The Woman Who Fooled The World

    Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer. In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth: this hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals, and a best-selling smartphone app, was a fraud tracks the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace. Told through interviews with the people who know her best, it unravels the mystery and motivation behind this deception and follows the public reaction to a scandal that made headlines around the world. I spoke to one of the co-authors of the book, Nick Toscano. ***************** A quick note about supporting the podcasts! Check out  – and consider   Theme songs “Cosgrove” by Pogo, from  and “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of  Additional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at . Tremendous thanks to my Patreon supporters – they are: Stephen, Steven, Andrew, Troy, Jacqueline, Brooke, Gerry, Dr*T, Josh, Linley, Gold and Iggy. Make sure you check out the bonus content on Patreon and as always, you can join them by heading to  (and check out the  too!). Please leave positive comments and reviews on iTunes and consider supporting the show via visiting  – and I’d love to get your feedback via tokenskeptic@gmail.com.

    • 22 min
    Token Skeptic 230 - How To Be Reasonable

    Token Skeptic 230 - How To Be Reasonable

    How To Be Reasonable (By Someone Who Tried Everything Else) is a primer on critical thinking and an introduction to scientific skepticism that will empower you to see the world a little bit more clearly. The world is a strange, scary and beautiful place. and author and artist Rebecca Fox suggests that being reasonable helps you to wonder at the strange, avoid the scary and celebrate the beauty. I interviewed Rebecca about How To Be Reasonable – you can find the book on Amazon and check out her website at  *********** A quick note about supporting the podcasts! Check out  – and consider  Thanks to RTRFM for their support. Theme songs “Cosgrove” by Pogo, from  and “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of  Additional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at . Tremendous thanks to my Patreon supporters – they are: Stephen, Steven, Andrew, Troy, Jacqueline, Brooke, Gerry, Dr*T, Josh, Linley, Gold and Iggy. Make sure you check out the bonus content on Patreon and as always, you can join them by heading to  (and check out the  too!). Please leave positive comments and reviews on iTunes and consider supporting the show via visiting  – and I’d love to get your feedback via tokenskeptic@gmail.com.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Alt-X ,

Really good

This is a gem of a Podcast. Thank you for making it mate.

Skepti-califragilistic ,

A great show

Kylie demonstrates that great research leads to excellent content. The Token Skeptic covers a wide range of science, technology and psychology issues and ideas, deftly showcased in interviews and investigations. I hope it continues to go from strength to strength, as its warm and engaging style is top marks for me.

Skeptic-Prime ,

Highly recommended -- powerful and informative

I've taken some time to get into this show and while the sporadic nature of released episodes has been a little surprising, it's well worth taking the chance. It's also notable that in a community where a lack of women's voices has resulted in dominant and often abusive men determining who can be heard, that this show is vigilant in promoting minorities and voices that are often not heard. Highly recommended.

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