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0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:20 Society of Homeopaths in Hot Water From 'The Good Thinking Society'. Professional Standards Authority suspends the Society of Homeopaths (UK). The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) announced it had suspended the accreditation of the Society of Homeopaths (SoH). - Read by Lara Benhamhttps://goodthinkingsociety.org 0:09:24 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Red Herring". This is when someone gives irrelevant information in an attempt to distract you from a topic at hand, often to avoid a question or shift the discussion in a new direction. 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. 0:16:00 Typewriter Time - Dialup Astrology We discover that Richard Saunders and Maynard have started a new age Astrology service. What advice can they offer Annika Harrison from the European Skeptics Podcast? 0:25:07 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:33:20 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 #3http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also COVID-19 : Chiro Advicehttps://tinyurl.com/yxa3dfo3 Canberra Skepticshttps://www.canberraskeptics.org Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:25 An interview with Adrienne Hill Adrienne Hill from Canada tells us about Tourette Syndrome and some of the so-called alternative treatments that have been offered over the years.https://tourette.cahttps://cumming.ucalgary.ca/resource/tourette-ocd/home Monterey Skepticamp Youtube (at 4:53:10)https://youtu.be/DktlgzdFUTI 0:22:30 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at the fallacy of "Affirming the Consequent". This is when you assume or conclude a cause for a phenomenon based on the phenomenon itself without taking other possibilities into account. 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. 0:30:25 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 #2http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Aust. Skeptics YouTubehttps://youtube.com/c/AustralianSkepticsInc Vic Skeptics Cafehttps://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe Where did the rabbit go? - Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/where-did-the-rabbit-go/id1502744758 Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:36 COVID-19 Conspiracy An alleged quarantine escapee left her hotel after she denied the existence of coronavirus in a series of bizarre online rants. Self-proclaimed "world changer" Jenny D'ubios sparked a manhunt in Perth when she was found missing from her Perth hotel while in COVID-19 quarantine. https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/jenny-dubios-woman-who-allegedly-fled-covid-hotel-quarantine-shared-bizarre-online-rants-before-incident-c-1848398 0:15:09 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at the fallacy of "Unfalsifiability". Also known as 'untestability', this is when you make a claim that cannot be shown or proved to be incorrect or even correct via testing. 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. 0:21:02 Monterey Skepticamp 2021Susan Gerbic with details of the first Skeptical Meeting of the year. This time the whole world can join in, online. Sat 2nd of Jan. (USA) https://abouttimeproject.wordpress.com/skepticamp-2020-schedule-speakers/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWm1ELCsYTQw53ljcCpSedw 0:34:15 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers. This week an a count of testing psychic claims from 1950. Into the Unknown - Part #1http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00 Pete Evans Booted Off Pete Evans has been removed from Facebook just days after telling Sydney followers to not get tested for COVID-19. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/facebook-boots-celebrity-chef-pete-evans-over-covid-19-misinformation-20201223-p56px0.html 0:11:30 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Slothful Induction Fallacy". This is when even though there is enough good evidence to support a conclusion, this evidence is rejected and replaced by something possibly unrelated but more inline with a particular worldview. 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. 0:19:18 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Astrology.http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also 2021 Origami Calendar https://skepticzone.tv/files/2021_origami.pdf 2021 Maynard Calendar Calendar https://skepticzone.tv/files/Maynard2021.pdf Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:07 Susan Gerbic We find out what GSoW are doing to support those fighting COVID-19. Also the latest ravings from two time Bent Spoon winner, Pete Evans.https://abouttimeproject.wordpress.com 0:17:00 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Uri Geller in the 1970s.http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 0:38:55 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Ipse Dixit". Also known as "It Simply Is", this is when an opinion is given as if it were an undisputed fact, without any need for supporting evidence. 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. 0:45:17 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What is making news in the skeptical world? Find out with the newsletter compiled by Tim Mendham.http://www.skeptics.com.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:36 Doctor at LARGEKen McLeod reports on how anti-vaccination campaigner Judy Wilyman is trading on her flawed doctorate, and the implications for her, the University of Wollongong, and the community. - Read by Richard Saunders. https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2040%20(2020)%20No%204%20(Cover).pdf 0:27:16 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to Water Diviners and Sceptics from 1945.http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud Let's Crack Zodiac - Episode 5 - The 340 Is Solved!https://youtu.be/-1oQLPRE21o TRICKY NICK by Nicholas J. Johnsonhttps://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781760787363/
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:54 Living a Skeptical Life From a talk given some years ago by Richard Saunders at a meeting of the Victorian Skeptics, what does it mean to be a skeptic from day to day? The Mysterious Monsters 1975https://youtu.be/44BUjnxwC_g 0:31:04 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Water Divining in 1912.http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 0:38:37 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud Maynard - A Very 2020 Christmas and Calendarhttp://www.maynard.com.au
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:30 Ben Radford's New Book The famed skeptical investigator, podcaster and author tells us about his new book, a collection of stories covering almost 2 decades.http://benjaminradford.com 0:17:25 ESP - 250 We join a live broadcast of the European Skeptics Podcast to congratulate them for 250 episodes.https://theesp.eu 0:19:52 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to Emotion". Also known as "argument from passion", this is when you manipulate emotions in order to try and win an argument or promote your point, especially in the absence of good evidence. It is also a red herring, that is, a way of diverting attention away from the issue at hand. 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. 0:25:50 GSoW News with Susan Gerbic Susan and friends chime in to bring us up to date with the latest from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. From Wiki to psychic stings and more. With Adrienne Hill, Rob Palmer and Leonard Tramiel.https://www.facebook.com/Gerbic Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:00 His Goose is Cooked Another twist in the ongoing sad Soap Opera that is former celebrity Pete Evans. He's lost his sponsorships, he's lost his TV deals, he's lost his book deals along with his marbles.https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54972101 0:13:04 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Fallacy Fallacy". Also known as the bad reasons fallacy, this is when, because your opponent uses logical fallacies, you assume their main argument or point must therefore also be wrong. 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. 0:19:05 Prof. Ken Harvey and the TGA After a frustrating time as an advisor to the government agency, Professor Ken Harvey has finally had enough. https://www.smh.com.au/national/top-doctor-resigns-tga-role-over-concerns-with-policing-of-fringe-medicine-20201116-p56f11.html 0:27:43 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:36:32 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Australian Skeptics.http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:26 From 9/11 to COVID-19 An interview with Claus Larsen from Denmark about the ongoing research into some of the biggest conspiracy theories in recent history. What are some of the COVID-19 conspiracies doing the rounds and why do people believe in them?http://www.911facts.dk 0:29:50 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Appeal to the Stone". This is when you dismiss an idea or statement as absurd, invalid, or incorrect, without giving a satisfactory reason as to why. 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. 0:34:54 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Australian Skeptics. Also Richard Saunders vs. Milton Black.https://youtu.be/q-fjymxOrGE Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:50 The Misadventures of the VeXXed Bus We look at the bumpy road and comic mishaps of the "Vaxxed II" bus as it travels along its sorry road. 0:16:44 James Randi, a quiet chat. In 2014, Randi and Saunders toured Australia. During some downtime they chat about magic, memories and TV productions.James Randi: Psychic Investigator - YouTubehttps://youtu.be/ix_DEto6nH4?t=820   0:28:57 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Hasty Generalisation Fallacy". Also known as the argument from small numbers and the lonely fact fallacy, this is when you base your conclusion upon limited or inconclusive information. 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. 0:35:47 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:42:42 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. This week Tim looks at Double Delusion - House of Horrors - House of Science and more.https://www.skeptics.com.au Also The Correx Fileshttps://www.abc.net.au/science/correx Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:00 James Randi on The Skeptic Zone Since the podcast begain in 2008, James Randi appeared on about 22 episodes. We present some edited highlights from over the years. 0:39:32 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the James Randi, with a focus on the year 1980, the year of the famed water divining tests.http://www.trove.nla.gov.au   James Randi in Australia - YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN-0FEqAkQM Also Interview with James Randi 2006. With Richard Saundershttps://youtu.be/ukqsZYHLcuI An Evening with James Randi 2014. With Richard Saundershttps://youtu.be/Th1VjbjWpAU Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 A tribute to James "The Amazing" Randi. 1928 - 2020. 0:06:20 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:10:45 Australian Skeptics Inc. Annual Awards 2020 Join President Jessica Singer, E.O. Tim Mendham and Chief Investigator Richard Saunders as they annouce this year's awards, as heard at Skepticon 2020. The Fred Thornett Award for the promotion of reason - The Barry Williams Award for media - The Skeptic of the Year - The Bent Spoon Award.https://www.skeptics.com.au 0:23:20 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. This week Tim looks at Godwin's law (or Godwin's rule of Hitler analogies).https://www.skeptics.com.au 0:45:40 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the Loch Ness Monter. Where oh where are you Nessie?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:02 The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson. Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.Part #3 - Brain tells us of the impact of Wakefield's work on vaccination rates, the other authors of the original paper and the link to Elle Macpherson.https://briandeer.com 0:16:33 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Weasel Words". These are words for phrases that seem to point in one direction or give a certain impression, but in reality are often meaningless or even misleading. 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. 0:24:02 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. This week Wishful Thinking, Risky Business, Gambling and more.https://www.skeptics.com.au 0:32:00 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "E.S.P." Can you read my mind?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:09 The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson. Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.Part #2 - Brain tells us of why Wakefield left the Royal Free Hospital, conflicts of interest, buying blood from children, and some of his other investigations.https://briandeer.com 0:22:51 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:31:42 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham Another reading from the pages of 'The Skeptic' from Australian Skeptics Inc. FLAT EARTHERS. In the paranormal world, there have always been some claims and claimants that have been ... how shall we put it ... weird.https://www.skeptics.com.au 0:37:55 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Quackery". How many ducks can we line up?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:32 The Raw Skeptic Report. With Heidi Robertson. Interview with Brian Deer, a British investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine and social issues for The Sunday Times. Deer's investigative nonfiction book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World, was published in September 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.Part #1 - An overview of the original Wakefild paper, how the children in the study were recruited, the $100 million dollar lawsuit and how the diagnosis of some of the children was changed to suit the end goal.https://briandeer.com 0:26:45 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Poisoning the Well". Also known as smear tactics, this is when you try to discredit your opponent, or an institution, especially in the mind of others, before even entering into a debate or conversation. 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. 0:33:45 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around - Trials by Fire. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:42:06 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "Haunted House". What was going 'bump' in the night?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Belgium Skepticshttps://skepp.be/en/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=5Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.auCorona Conspiracy - Upload Imageshttps://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:50 Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin Ever seen a UFO? Many years ago Michelle and her father did and were quite baffled... for a time. What about the time she saw strange red eyes peering at her from the darkness while camping? What this some sort of stragne apparition or did Michelle find a more logical answer? 0:16:05 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the word "Ouija". What did the spirits say?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 0:31:26 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Burden of Proof Fallacy". This is when instead of presenting evidence to support your claim, you insist that the person doubting it, prove your claim to be false. 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. 0:39:08 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around - Yetis, Yale, Smuggling and Shooting. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:46:23 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au Also Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:26 COVID-19 Conspiracy GraffitiMichelle Bijkersma reports on COVID-19 conspiracy theory graffiti in Melbourne. 0:10:42 Protests - COVID-19 Conspiracies Anti-Lockdown protests at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market as police arrest 74 protesters and issue more than $280,000 in fines. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-arrest-74-and-fine-176-after-vic-market-protest-20200912-p55v1z.html 0:17:12 The Book of Tim. With Tim Mendham What Goes Around - Graphology, Writing, Profiling, Testing and Woo. http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:25:05 The Secret of the Secret What is the secret of the secret? Find out as we visit 'The Secret of the Secret Convention'. With the voice talents of Abhijit Chanda and András Pintér. 0:31:19 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the term "UFO". What is up there in the skies?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au Also Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pmhttps://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe Maynard's Mastermind Quiz - With Richard Saundershttps://www.facebook.com/maynard1/videos/10158830429649359 Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:20 A Dive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the words "Yowie Hunt". Did anyone ever find the Australian Big Foot?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 0:21:08 CFI - We're Not Backing Down from Walmart Snake oil profiteering has emerged as a genuine crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplifying what the Center for Inquiry has been saying for years: Pseudoscientific medicine is dangerous, and those who profit from it must be held accountable.https://centerforinquiry.org 0:25:00 Skeptrack Repoert An overview of the live online Skeptrack from Dragon*Con 2020.http://www.skeptrack.com 0:32:18 A visit to a New, New Age Vet Can Map-you-luncher, Ke-ring Dlistals, Flo-me-lapthy, Skyo-blaptic, Free-tex-lolagy and Snerbal Stoop-alments save Henrietta the cat? With the voice talents of Dr Angie Mattke and Pontus Böckman. 0:38:57 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au Also Skeptics Cafe - Live Online Talk by Richard Saunders - 21 Sept. 8:30pmhttps://www.facebook.com/theskepticscafe Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:43 Here's My Two Cents Worth. With Jennifer Hathorn Jennifer takes us on a decades long journey through the madness that is Dragon*Con. What are some of the highlights involving skepticism? Find out about the time James Randi appeared with Alice Cooper. 0:13:47 LIVE from Skeptrack! We talk to Dr Angie Mattke and Derek Colanduno from the studio floor ar virtual Dragon*Con. What's coming up this year on this live skeptical event?http://www.skeptrack.com 0:21:02 Enter the Dragon (Con) From the pages of 'The Skeptic', Richard Saunders reports on skepticism in the US - Dragon*Con and the Solano Stroll.https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine/ Also Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Your Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:50 A Drive into a Trove A wander through the decades of digitised Australian newspapers on a search for references to the word "clairvoyant". Can we find a little wisdom from the past?http://www.trove.nla.gov.au 0:20:10 Australian Skeptics Newsletter What skeptical news has caught the eye of Tim Mendham this week?http://www.skeptics.com.au 0:28:22 Online Trivia with Susan Gerbic It's not all bad news in the lockdown. Find out how you can join in an online, world-wide trivia game every week. 0:33:33 Peril in the Bermuda Triangle Do you dare take a tour in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle? If you do, expect the unexpected! 0:38:44 More COVID-19 Craziness A round up of stories and reports from the "far side" of COVID-19 conspiracies and foolishness. https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/lizzy-rose-shows-coronavirus-symptoms-in-new-online-video-c-1263751 https://www.perthnow.com.au/technology/celebrity-chef-pete-evans-spruiks-donald-trump-in-latest-video-ng-562377bc5cd261e4960b59ad0aa87010 https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/courts-law/magistrate-smacks-down-victorian-antimasker-mandy-crerar/news-story/68b9590042cbd302fffad44772ab8761 https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/magda-szubanski-targeted-by-conspiracy-theorists-after-coronavirus-safety-ad/news-story/0248a388cd48e268fcef236ad2a664f9 https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/kath-kim-comedian-magda-szubanski-accuses-chef-pete-evans-of-fat-shaming/news-story/56f365747e8a429501952edc2a1d6f4a Also Sydney Skeptics in the Pub Online (Thursday 3 Sept. 7pm)https://www.twitch.tv/australianskeptics Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:04 On the Search for those Elusive Ghosts An interview with Beth Darlington in London, UK. A paranormal investigator who has a very open-minded and fair approach to investigating the claims of the paranormal.https://www.accessparanormal.com 0:18:20 Logical Fallacies with Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Anecdotal Evidence Fallacy". This is when you are swayed into taking up a position or belief based on isolated examples of data, poor data or personal experience, rather than reliable evidence. 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. 0:23:41 Typewriter Time Before the mighty space ship Solar Flare charted unknown regions of the galaxy, its original namesake was on a less well-known mission to the moon. With the voice talents of Jennifer Hathorn, Brian Dunning and Ben Radford. 0:30:52 More COVID-19 Foolishness From the dangerous to the ridiculous. More stories of foolishness during this time of COVID-19. https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-astrazeneca-vaccine-doctor-slams-covid19-antivaxxers/news-story/f16004f67ac400806ac9444f879f65bf https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/pete-evans-labelled-hypocrite-for-covid19-safety-measures-in-byron-healing-clinic/news-story/1811d8ff5a5a43f840a662fce4bc2832 https://www.skeptics.com.au/2020/07/19/call-to-action-on-anti-vaccination-bus-tour 0:44:04 Let's have a Random Rant with Dr Paulie Dr Paulie looks at a study about fighting COVID-19 misinformation on social media, and interviews Professor Tammy Hoffmann from the Institute for Evidence Based Healthcare at Bond University about critical thinking for school students.https://bond.edu.au/profile/tammy-hoffmann Also Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:18 Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin Seeds of Distress? Back in July, Michelle saw a little story on facebook. Someone in America claiming to have received a package of seeds from China in the mail. They said they didn't order anything, but this little package labelled as earrings, but containing what looked like lemon seeds just showed up at their house one day in the mail. The story was about how the US department of Agriculture were asking that anyone who receives a package like that contact them to dispose of it safely. 0:14:08 Australian Skeptics Newsletter A round up of news that comes across the desk at Australian Skeptics.https://www.skeptics.com.au 0:20:06 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy". Also known as the "clustering illusion", this when you downplay or ignore information that doesn't support your argument, or point of view, and focus on information that seems to be more in line with what you would like to be true. It is also imposing meaning onto randomness. 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 From the pages of 'The Skeptic' Biblical shenanigans at Sydney's Townhall and the world according to Homoeopathy.https://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine Also Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud Stardust Special Edition https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/doughded/stardust-special-edition-foreword-by-richard-dawkins?ref=83hgz3
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 Skepticshttps://canberraskeptics.org Skepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud
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.auhttps://canberraskeptics.orghttps://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 Onlinehttps://www.meetup.com/austskeptics Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloudSkepticon 2020https://www.skepticon.org.au
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Created by
Richard Saunders
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 25th, 2008
Latest Episode
Jan 16th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
652
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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No
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Episodic
Language
English

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