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Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders is an Australian skeptic, podcaster and professional origamist, he received recognition by the Australian Skeptics with a Life Membership in 2001 for his contributions to the organisation, he has presented on skepticism, represented the Australian Skeptics on television and radio shows and he is the co-hosts of the Skeptic Zone podcast.

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The Skeptic Zone #579 - 17.November.2019
The Skeptic Zone
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:49 Anti-Vax Zealot in Medical Centre The bizarre story of a conspiracy theorist bluffing his way into a medical centre to get them to remove pro-vaccination posters from the walls. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/anti-vaxxer-impersonated-official-demanded-clinic-pull-health-posters-20191114-p53am5.html https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/impersonation-commonwealth-public-officials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwH13-sneXs 0:13:08 Skeptical Investigations As part of a record of the history of Australian Skeptics, Ian Bryce tells of some of the early investigations into amazing claims in the 1980s. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsudGI1mVCMP3D-YedfDUFzgEvtc_UfgA 0:25:38 Bent Spoon Nominations for 2019 At a recent Sydney Skeptics in the Pub event, Richard Saunders told the audience of some of some of the nominations for this year's Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon award for the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle. https://www.skeptics.com.au/features/bent-spoon/ 0:30:57 Tim Mendham - Editor Tim tells us how he gathers stories for publication in 'The Skeptic' Magazine from Australian Skeptics. 0:35:32 The Hole in the Pole - Part #2 Virtually every religion refers to a subterranean world which is variously an afterlife (hell, purgatory, or Elysian Fields) or a secret place where other civilisations do their business. The Greeks had Hades, the Jews Sheol, the Tibetan Buddhists have Shamballa, the Nordic people have Svartalfaheimr, the Hindu Patala. And, of course, the Christians have Hell. Tim Mendhamlooks at varoius adventres to try and find the world beneath. https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine Also Skepticon 2019 https://skepticon.org.au
The Skeptic Zone #578 - 10.November.2019
The Skeptic Zone
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:24 CSICon 2019 Interviews - Part #3 Rob Palmer, aka the well known skeptic, with part #3 of his interview series from CSIcon 2019 in Las Vegas. This week paranormal investigator Kenny Biddle, from Point of Inquiry Kavin Senapathy, GSoW editor Brandi and Aedan, and local Las Vegas student Daniel Spangler. https://www.facebook.com/TWKSkeptic/ https://skepticalinquirer.org/authors/rob-palmer/ 0:17:48 M 209 Cipher Machine Dr Steve Roberts, expert on codes and ciphers, talks about the M 209 Cipher Machine from WWII. https://simonsingh.net/books/the-code-book 0:29:55 The Hole in the Pole - Part #1 Virtually every religion refers to a subterranean world which is variously an afterlife (hell, purgatory, or Elysian Fields) or a secret place where other civilisations do their business. The Greeks had Hades, the Jews Sheol, the Tibetan Buddhists have Shamballa, the Nordic people have Svartalfaheimr, the Hindu Patala. And, of course, the Christians have Hell. Tim Mendhamlooks at varoius adventres to try and find the world beneath. https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine 0:46:11 Skepticon 2012 Update We chat to Michelle Bijkersma from the Vic Skeptics to find out the lineup of international and local speakers appearing at the Australian Skeptics National Convention. Also https://www.change.org/p/the-australian-broadcasting-corporation-abc-please-bring-back-the-checkout https://goodthinkingsociety.org/anti-vaccination-claims-by-homeopaths-exposed-across-the-uk-media
The Skeptic Zone #577 - 3.November.2019
The Skeptic Zone
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:09 Another strike against Homeopathy The head of the NHS launches an outspoken attack on the homeopathy industry for peddling deadly anti- vaccine myths. Simon Stevens accuses practitioners of spreading toxic 'misinformation' about jabs, which poses 'a significant danger to human health'. We get the background on the story from Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7619805/NHS-chief-blasts-homeopathy-dangerous-blames-industry-fuelling-antivaxx-myths.html 0:14:16 CSIcon 2019 Interviews - Part #2 Guest reporter Rob Palmer talks to Elizabeth Loftus about false memories, Jim Underdownabout investigating paranormal claims, Janyce Boynton about Facilitated communication and Joe Schwarcz about demystifying science. 0:33:16 Geeks, Gamers, Nerds & Kids Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics, reads an item from Vol. 39 No.1. What is the cross-over between the Nerds and the Skeptics? https://www.skeptics.com.au Also Skepticon 2019 https://skepticon.org.au BAS talk http://baskeptics.org Canberra Skeptics https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/
The Skeptic Zone #576 - 27.October.2019
The Skeptic Zone
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:30 Banned Naturopath in Cook Islands The naturopath whose Cook Islands disciples continue to practice her prohibited remedies says she is the victim of a Nazi-style propaganda campaign. http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/item/74612-ban-on-healer-who-offered-cancer-cure-to-dying-cook-islands-man http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/health/item/74641-banned-healer-breaks-silence-to-protest-her-innocence/74641-banned-healer-breaks-silence-to-protest-her-innocence 0:14:17 CSIcon 2019 Interviews - Part #1 Guest reporter Rob Palmer chats to Seth Shostak about the search for alien life, Paula from Argentina, Mentalist Mark Edward and Natalia and Carlos from Brazil. 0:34:14 Fighting Words - Part #2 Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics, reads a feature from Vol. 39 No. 2. A look at the history and meaning of "Free Speech". https://www.skeptics.com.au Also Skepticon 2019 https://skepticon.org.au
The Skeptic Zone #575 - 20.October.2019
The Skeptic Zone
Show Notes 0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:30 Mind Body Wallet time again Join Richard Saunders, Peter "Ratbags" Bowditch and Lara Benham as they, once again, descend into the pit of woo that is Mind Body Spirit in Sydney. https://ratbags.com/ 0:17:30 Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia in action Barbara O'Neill is an Australian naturopath and lecturer on health issues who, in 2019, was banned for life by the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) from providing free or paid health services. We look at the new Wiki page regarding her case. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_O%27Neill https://www.skepdoc.info/videos-2 0:27:00 Fighting Words - Part #1 Tim Mendham, editor (and EO) of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian Skeptics, reads a feature from Vol. 39 No. 2. A look at the history and meaning of "Free Speech". https://www.skeptics.com.au 0:37:35 Tricks of the Trade Australian Skeptics co-founder Phillip Adams recalls the time James Randi fooled the room with nothing more than a table top and a cigarette. As published in 'The Weekend Australian Magazine'. https://www.theaustralian.com.au Also Skepticon 2019 https://skepticon.org.au
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Birthdate
Nov 28th, 1965
Location
Sydney NSW, Australia
Episode Count
588
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
3 weeks, 1 day