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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'.

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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 #617 - 9.August.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #617 - 9.August.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:05:18 Interview with Sue Ieraci

    Sue is an Australian doctor and emergency specialist with more than three decades' experience in the public hospital system. She is a vocal advocate for improvements in Emergency Medicine, how it is viewed in the hospital framework and patient-centred care. Sue is a member of the Executive of Friends of Science in Medicine and she strongly promotes evidence based medicine.

    https://www.scienceinmedicine.org.au
    0:23:16 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to Consequences".

    This is when it's concluded that an idea or proposition is true or false because the consequences of it being true or false are desirable or undesirable to the one making 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.
    0:28:53 Typewriter Time

    Green complexion and blue spots on the toes. What can it mean for Lakeside hospital?

    With the voice talent of Celestia Ward and Brian Dunning.
    0:33:19 SovCits Invading Australia

    More and more we are hearing news about "sovereign citizens", or "SovCits" for short, with some reports suggesting COVID-19 government restrictions have driven a surge of interest in this movement.

    https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/coronavirus-victoria-sovereign-citizens-tactic-infuriating-cops/news-story/29a57a1004bd32780c5f078d501b61da

    https://www.utas.edu.au/news/2020/7/28/1038-why-do-living-people-believe-they-have-immunity-from-the-law

    https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/10/14/the-legal-gibberish-of-freeman-on-the-land
    Also Canberra Skeptics

    https://canberraskeptics.org

    Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 55 min
    The Skeptic Zone #616 -2.August.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #616 -2.August.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:51 VAXXED Bus Banned

    Blue Mountains City Council - Matter of Urgency - That the Council now considers a matter arising in relation to NSW Heath order and Council bookings by VAXXED Bus tour that has been ruled by the Mayor to be a matter of great urgency.

    https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/documents/2020-07-28-council-meeting-unconfirmed-minutes
    0:10:30 Australian Skeptics Newsletter

    Highlights from the recent newsletter from Australian Skeptics. Find out what's going on around the skeptical world and especially right here in Australia.


    https://www.skeptics.com.au

    https://canberraskeptics.org

    https://www.facebook.com/events/604994790085985/
    0:19:47 Participating in the Predictions Project

    Ease drop in on the very first meeting of the international prediction project participation partnership program. An interesting look into how to score and mark the homework of so-called psychics and mystics. With Richard Saunders and skeptics from all over the United States.

    Follow Susan Gerbic on Facebook for details of Prediction Project Zoom meetings.

    https://www.facebook.com/Gerbic
    0:33:45 Typewriter Time

    A very short trip to another planet.
    0:36:35 Ghost in a Box

    Want to talk with dead people? Ari Moore says there's an app for that.

    It doesn't take much time on YouTube before the video-hosting website's algorithm will automatically recommend a video referring to the paranormal. Hundreds of paranormal investigation channels promote their 'research' on the platform, with larger channels reaching upwards of 1 million subscribers. A recent trend in YouTube paranormal entertainment has content creators using smartphone 'spirit box' apps to communicate with whatever spirits and/or demons are in the vicinity.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine
    Also Sydney Skeptics in the Pub Online

    https://www.meetup.com/austskeptics

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    • 1 hr
    The Skeptic Zone #615 -26.July.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #615 -26.July.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:13 Pete Evans, what a Tweet

    Criticism has been levelled against celebrity chef Pete Evans for a recent tweet in which he seemed to discourage the wearing of face masks.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/pete-evans-suggests-followers-should-stop-wearing-face-masks/news-story/354b3edc7b50bb5b2ef4d763e20f756c
    0:10:14 Live Psychic Reading

    We chat to Susan Gerbic and a host of skeptics with their comments on a live psychic reading. Were we amazed, suprised or disapointed by what the psychic said?

    WIth Celestia Ward, Pontus Böckman, Kenny Biddle, Leonard Tramiel and Wendy Hughes.
     
    https://youtu.be/7PyZ3pPxKs0
    0:20:29 VAXXED Bus - Delivers COVID-19 Conspiracies and Bad Advice

    Australian Skeptics has issued a warning and call to action to Australian media, medical professionals, and local councils regarding the current anti-vaccination ‘revival’ tour of rural and regional Australia.

    https://www.skeptics.com.au/2020/07/19/call-to-action-on-anti-vaccination-bus-tour/
    0:31:24 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "No True Scotsman".

    This interesting sounding fallacy comes from the notion that all Scotsmen are brave and if one turns out to be a coward, then he can not really be a true Scotsman.

    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.
    0:37:00 Typewriter Time

    Water, water everywhere......

    With the voice talent of Beth Darlington
    0:40:57 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    What Goes Around - Psychics, Writers, Psychologists and Imbibers.

    http://www.skeptics.com.au
    Also Star Trek Continues

    https://www.startrekcontinues.com
    Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 52 min
    The Skeptic Zone #614 -19.July.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #614 -19.July.2020

    Dedicated to the memory of Grant Imahara
    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:17 Homeopathy still ineffective in India

    We chat to a Abhijit Chanda and get an update on the COVID-19 situation in the subcontinent.

    Patanjali Ayurveda's Corona Kit Scam:

    https://www.berationable.com/rationable-blog/2020/6/coronakit-or-con-examining-patanjalis-coronavirus-treatment Article on Immunity Boosting:

    https://www.berationable.com/rationable-blog/can-you-boost-your-immune-system
    Video on Boosting immunity:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r_-kdo98TI
    Interview with Dr Shantanu Abhyankar the Patanjali fiasco and boosting immunity for COVID-19:

    https://youtu.be/z_LnZDcEzSo?t=745

    0:16:11 Typewriter Time

    On the hunt for unknown monsters.


    0:18:25 The Think Tank

    The Skeptic Zone reporters join Richard to discuss some issues of the day.

    This time we look at fake signs on playgrounds, the clothing company fined for false COVID-19 claims and the VAXXED bus on its sad tour.

    With Michelle Bijkersma, Michelle Franklin

    and special guests Lara Benham and Celestia Ward.
    Also Skepticon 2020

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 58 min
    The Skeptic Zone #613 -12.July.2020

    The Skeptic Zone #613 -12.July.2020

    0:00:00 Introduction
    Richard Saunders
    0:04:28 Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin

    Water Divining

    Every time Michelle brings this up and someone offers to hook her up with their neighbour’s mate’s dad who can divine for her, she tells them about that time, way back before she was even born, when James Randi and Dick Smith and the first few members of the Australian Skeptics offered fifty thousand dollars to anyone who could divine for water for real. And they always seem surprised to hear that no one was able to do it.
    0:12:42 Michelle Bijkersma

    Melbourne and the Mask

    Over the last couple of weeks Michelle has been impressed that locking down and ring fencing suburbs that are hotspots for Covid 19 has been a really targeted approach that spared everyone else in Melbourne, a city of 5 million people, the burden of lockdown again. - Her mask arrived a day or two before Melbourne went into stage 3 lockdown.

    How to fit and wear a mask correctly.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwXJtN2Yt60

    DHHS provides a comprehensive guide to face masks.

    https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-covid-19
    0:21:29 Typewriter Time

    Flat as far as the eye can see.

    With the voice talent of Sierra Joan.
    0:25:03 The Cass Files - With Dr Cassandra Perryman

    State of the Union

    The US has always been a country of contradiction. It was formed out of rebellion, and views rebellion as the “patriotic” thing to do, but only if that rebellion upholds the status quo. Right now, this theme of rebellion and contradiction is on international display. So, what are the most glaring contradictions? Find out on the Cass Files.  

    0:37:31 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

    This week Michelle looks at "Tu quoque".

    Also known as the “Appeal to Hypocrisy” or “look who’s talking”, this is a type of Ad Hominem attack and comes into play when an inconsistency or hypocrisy from your side is used by your opponent to justify their position or to denigrate your position.

    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.
    0:44:09 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham

    What Goes Around - Monsters, Mysteries and Medicos.

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

    https://www.skepticon.org.au

    Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images

    https://coronaconspiracy.cloud

    • 54 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

RobP1957 ,

Bravo from an American

Although the podcast typically deals with Australian issues regarding pseudoscience and quackery, much of this is universal - even to an American like me.

This was one of the first skeptical podcasts I discovered, and the show pushed me off the fence and got me to become a skeptical activist myself. In fact, several years after I found the podcast, I was interviewed on it, and then went on to serve as a guest reporter for three episodes!

parker-1 ,

Good job

Keep up the good work.

Beauuuui ,

Better than SGU

If you like your skeptical podcast with less giggling and self congratulatory back slapping then this could be a good choice. I personally like my skepticism and science straight up. Thanks for a great product.

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