300 episodes

The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.

Join Richard Saunders and his team of reporters for your weekly dose of skeptical news and interviews, reports and comments.

Past guests have included, James Randi, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Eugenie Scott, Dr Phil Plait, Michael Marshall, Dr Steve Novella, Dr Pamela Gay, Jon Ronson, Dr Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Prof. Richard Wiseman, Dick Smith, Banachek, Prof. Chris French, George Hrab, Tim Ferguson, Dr Paul Willis and many, many more.

Featuring Australian radio legend Maynard with his Spooky Action, Jo Alabaster from the 'Evidence Please' blog, Eran Segev's Grain of Salt, Dr Rachael Dunlop with 'Dr Rachie Reports' and Heidi Robertson aka 'The Raw Skeptic'.

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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.

Join Richard Saunders and his team of reporters for your weekly dose of skeptical news and interviews, reports and comments.

Past guests have included, James Randi, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Eugenie Scott, Dr Phil Plait, Michael Marshall, Dr Steve Novella, Dr Pamela Gay, Jon Ronson, Dr Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Prof. Richard Wiseman, Dick Smith, Banachek, Prof. Chris French, George Hrab, Tim Ferguson, Dr Paul Willis and many, many more.

Featuring Australian radio legend Maynard with his Spooky Action, Jo Alabaster from the 'Evidence Please' blog, Eran Segev's Grain of Salt, Dr Rachael Dunlop with 'Dr Rachie Reports' and Heidi Robertson aka 'The Raw Skeptic'.

    The Skeptic Zone #612 - 5.July.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #612 - 5.July.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:07 Interview with James Underdown from the CFIIG

    Can you demonstrate paranormal ability? Are you interested in earning $250,000 dollars? The Center for Inquiry Investigations Group (CFIIG) at the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles offers a $250,000 prize to anyone who can show, under scientific testing conditions, significant evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power.

    https://cfiig.org
    0:34:31 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at the "Relative Privation Fallacy".

    This fallacy, also known as "not as bad as", can be seen as a type of red herring or distraction. The fallacy is essentially an argument that a certain issue is not important or does not deserve attention and resources because there are other and more important issues.

    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.
    0:41:50 Typewriter Time

    A Cook Book with a message.
    0:44:47 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    What Goes Around - Ghosts and ghouls, sex and magic. And so it goes, the almost inevitable realisation that all knowledge is connected and connectable.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    Also Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    Maynard LIVE Friday 8:30pm

    https://www.mixcloud.com/live/dj-maynard/

    UK Skeptics in the Pub

    https://www.skepticsinthepub.org

    • 58 min
    The Skeptic Zone #611 - 28.June.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #611 - 28.June.2020

    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

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Skeptic Zone #610 - 21.June.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #610 - 21.June.2020

    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 wind 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/

    • 58 min
    The Skeptic Zone #609 - 14.June.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #609 - 14.June.2020

    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

    • 58 min
    The Skeptic Zone #608 - 7.June.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #608 - 7.June.2020

    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
    Also Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 58 min
    The Skeptic Zone #607 - 31.May.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #607 - 31.May.2020

    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 sites. 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

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