657 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 #646 - 28.February.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #646 - 28.February.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders and Maynard
    0:04:45 Crystal Healing:
    The Science and Psychology Behind What Works, What Doesn't, and Why

    An interview with Dan Lynch and Julie A. Kirsch

    Whether you're new to the practice of crystal healing or have a level of experience with it, chances are you have questions: What works? What doesn't? How and when should I spend my money etc? Forget the magic, the mysticism, and the mythology. You've come to the right place for answers. Dan R. Lynch is a professional geologist and the author of many books about rocks and minerals. Julie A. Kirsch is a trained psychologist. Together, they delve into the fascinating study of crystal healing, and they share their answers with you.

    https://adventurewithkeen.com/product/crystal-healing
    0:18:58 The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

    Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.

    This week Tim looks at seeing things, insights and outsights. And so it goes, the almost inevitable realisation that all knowledge is connected and connectable.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:26:21 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:35:47 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
    This week testing psychic claims from 1950. We hear the summing up of Dr Bendit and Mrs Haldane as they give their opinions on the so-called psychics and mediums they encountered.

    Into the Unknown - Part #9

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/229628547
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    • 59 min
    The Skeptic Zone #645 - 21.February.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #645 - 21.February.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:43 Pete Evans Banned (Again!)

    Pete Evans' Instagram shut down for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Also his bid for a Senate seat has been widely criticised.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pete-evans-instagram-account-has-been-shut-down-for-spreading-coronavirus-misinformation
    0:11:21 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "Argument from Gibberish".

    This occurs when a person makes a claim that something is true, then supports that claim with an explanation that includes highly technical jargon from a field that is difficult to comprehend. It also occurs when a claim is based on pure gibberish in lieu of a strong 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.
    0:23:29 Facebook Puts Critical Health Information at Risk

    Like many organisations, Australian Skeptics Inc was affected by Facebook's changes to sharing and viewing news in Australia. While they are pleased to see that their Facebook Page and past posts have been restored, their own site content is still unable to be shared on Facebook.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au/2021/02/19/facebook-puts-critical-health-information-at-risk-by-blocking-legitimate-news-sources
    0:30:58 The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

    Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.

    "It'a All In Your Head!" - This week Tim looks at Phrenology, part #2 of 2 - by Michelle Cooper.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:42:07 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
    This week testing psychic claims from 1950.

    Into the Unknown - Part #8

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/229628547
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    The Skeptic Zone #644 - 14.February.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #644 - 14.February.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:23 Queensland Chiropractic Bad Advice

    Chiropractor forced to take down video on COVID-19, claiming 'nonsense' about 'big bad bug' and other bad advice.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/chiropractor-forced-to-take-down-video-on-coronavirus-claiming-nonsense-about-big-bad-bug/news-story/57390e8ab06cce03ba5eba8e23f7f694
    0:09:12 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "The Fallacy of the Single Cause".

    Also known as 'causal oversimplification', this fallacy occurs when it is assumed that there is a single, simple cause of an outcome, when in fact there may be a number of causes.

    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.
    0:18:02 The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

    Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.

    "It'a All In Your Head!" - This week Tim looks at Phrenology, part #1 of 2 - by Michelle Cooper.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:29:31 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
    This week testing psychic claims from 1950.

    Into the Unknown - Part #7

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
    0:44:23 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
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    • 57 min
    The Skeptic Zone #643 - 7.February.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #643 - 7.February.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:44 Test Your E.S.P.

    From 1977 comes this test from 'The Australian Women's Weekly'.

    How do you rate your psychic abilities? Have you ever experienced astral travel, levitation, mental telepathy . . . or seen a ghost?

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/5845338
    0:19:03 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to Common Sense".

    The ‘Appeal to Common Sense’ is a specific version of ‘Alleged Certainty’. It occurs when someone simply asserts their conclusion as obvious and a fact, however, it may not necessarily be so.

    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.
    0:28:48 The Book of Tim with Tim Mendham

    Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc.
    This week Tim looks at magicians, ethics, names, laws and more.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:36:27 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
    This week testing psychic claims from 1950 with spirit healers.

    SPIRIT HEALING, the "laying on of hands" or the making of psychic passes is not regarded by all psychic workers as a legitimate part of what can strictly be considered to be within the scope of spiritism.

    Into the Unknown - Part #6

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/24681718
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    • 58 min
    The Skeptic Zone #642 - 31.January.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #642 - 31.January.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:24 The Great Australian Prediction Project

    A look at some of the 'psychic' predictions for HM Queen Elizabeth II over the past 20 years. What was foreseen or maybe not foreseen for the monarch?
     
    0:16:45 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "Fallacy of Composition".

    This fallacy is about transferring or projecting the properties shared by a set of individual components to the whole group or product as if they were the one and the same.

    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.
    0:27:55 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    0:36:06 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
    This week testing psychic claims from 1950 with an Australian subject.

    Into the Unknown - Part #5

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
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    Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma, 1 - 20 on YouTube.

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuzfqFJyj3etWRBfGdOuqJHlcoafYim62

    • 56 min
    The Skeptic Zone #641 - 24.January.2021

    The Skeptic Zone #641 - 24.January.2021

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:03:42 The Great Australian Prediction Project

    A look at some of the 'psychic' predictions for Donald Trump over the past 20 years. What was foreseen or maybe not foreseen for the former president?
    0:20:13 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "The Perfect Solution Fallacy".

    The perfect solution is an 'all or nothing' way of thinking, unless the outcome is 100% perfect, the baby may end up being thrown out with the bath water. In other words, the idea is being rejected altogether.

    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.
    0:27:33 Vaccination Rates in Australia

    Australia has surpassed the immunisation gold stan dard, with a 95.09 per cent vac cination rate for five-year-olds. With 95 per cent of the population vaccinated, child hood diseases that kill cannot get a foothold due to "herd immunity". - By Jane Hansen
    0:33:38 A Dive into a Trove

    A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers.
    This week testing psychic claims from 1950.

    Into the Unknown - Part #4

    http://www.trove.nla.gov.au
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    • 54 min

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