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The Skeptic Zone


The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.

The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.


Sydney, Australia


The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason.






The Skeptic Zone #593 -23.February.2020

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:3710 Things to look out for with Medicine Advertisements Multi-level marketing company fined $37,800 for alleged advertising breaches. The Juice Plus Company Australia Pty Ltd has paid the penalties after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued three infringement notices for alleged advertising breaches relating to vitamin...


The Skeptic Zone #592 -16.February.2020

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:53A Psychic in Court Richard Saunders was in the court room when someone claiming to be a psychic appeared in the witness box. This case is turning out to be one of Australia's most infamous murder trials. 0:15:58Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Ad Hominem". A Logical Fallacy is an error we...


The Skeptic Zone #591 -9.February.2020

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders with Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in tne Pub 0:02:00Free Homeopthy Booklet... worth every cent We take a look at the information found in the free Boiron Homepathy information booklet on offer in American supermarkets and pharmacies. What can we learn from the Q&A section? With help from Heidi Robertson. 0:34:08Good Thinking takes Homeopthy to court Good Thinking's legal challenge to accreditation of Society of Homeopaths in the UK to be heard...


The Skeptic Zone #590 -2.February.2020

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:27Not talking to the dead in Las Vegas We are joined by Celestia Ward from the Squaring the Strange podcast to discuss a report on yet another performer who claims to talk with the dead. 0:19:25The Bondi Healing Festival of 1989 In 1989 Murray Finch attended a healing festival in Sydney. This report details some of the strange and bizarre...


The Skeptic Zone #589 -26.January.2020

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders live from Portland, Oregon 0:02:14The Think Tank... or The Hot Tub of Truth This week the Think Tank comes to your from a Hot Tub, surrounded by snow, in the city of Bend, Oregon. Joining us in the tub to discuss if science can "save humanity" are... Dr Erika Anderson Dr Jean-Marc Roch PhD Prof. Wendi Wampler Brian Dunning Susan Picard Lisa Dunning Richard Saunders 0:34:00The Skeptic Zone Recomends In Season 2 of...


The Skeptic Zone #588 -19.January.2020

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders and Brian Dunning 0:03:06Strange Colours in Sweden Pontus Bockman from the European Skeptic Podcast tells of how Swedes were fooled by one of the biggest scientific bluffs of our time. "Surrounded by Idiots" has had a major impact on how Swedish people talk to each other about psychology and discuss the behaviour of those around them. Indeed, Thomas Erikson has undoubtedly had the greatest influence on the public's interest in psychology in a...


The Skeptic Zone #587 -12.January.2020

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:27Skepticamp Monterey, California 2020 Join us for not only Skepticamp Monterey, but also for the pub meet and greet the night before and dinner after the event. With Bud Miller, Susan Gerbic and others. 0:16:47VAXXED Bus creeps into Monterey That rolling blight on society, the VAXXED Bus, turns up in like a very bad penny into...


The Skeptic Zone #586 - 5.January.2020

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders, live from Skepticamp 2020 Monterey, USA 0:01:54Talking to the Dead at RSL Clubs Tim Mendham and Richard Saunders report on Australian Skeptics' investigations into those performers who claim to contact the dead at venues dedicated to the memory of those fallen in war. - Read by Richard Saunders. 0:32:06Maynard's Spooky Action... Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week... SGU Book Sales Bob Novella...


The Skeptic Zone #585 - 29.December.2019

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:14Maynard's Spooky Action... Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week... Thomas Westbrook - Holy Koolaid LLC is an anti-cult, educational organization that promotes scientific skepticism and free thought and is at the helm of the secular, pro-science movement. Founded in 2015 by Thomas Westbrook, Holy Koolaid's online show has garnering millions of views with tens of thousands of subscribers and dozens of media...


The Skeptic Zone #584 - 22.December.2019

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:08Maynard's Spooky Action... Interviews from Skepticon 2019. This week... Jamie Lopez Steve Roberts Jessica Singer Mandy-Lee Noble Heidi Robertson 0:30:50The Book of Tim... with Tim Mendham What goes around. Speaking Spirits and Psychic Surgery. Tim follows the circular path and ends up at the begining in an endless loop of the paranormal. AlsoMaynard's 2020 Calendar -...


The Skeptic Zone #583 - 15.December.2019

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders and Maynard 0:03:37The Raw Skeptic Report... With Heidi Robertson Heidi reports on the recent deadly measles outbreak in Samoa. We also play the audio of her presentation at Skepticon 2019. 0:16:26Maynard's Spooky...


The Skeptic Zone #582 - 8.December.2019

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders and Maynard 0:03:05Skeptical Road Trip Join Maynard and Richard Saunders as they drive from Sydney to Melbourne to go to Skepticon 2019. Along the way they take photographs with of the Bent Spoon at various landmarks and try to beat the boredom of 10 hours on the road. 0:11:29Maynard's Spooky Action... In the first of a long series of interviews from Skepticon 2019, Maynard talks to.. Mark Edward Susan Gerbic Les Oates Jay...


The Skeptic Zone #581 - 1.December.2019

0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:25Skeptical Activism We hit the street outside the State Theatre in Sydney to hand out skeptical information flyers to the crowd lining up to see the "talking to the dead" performer John Edward. Thanks to Trish Hann and Lara Benham. 0:21:13Pint Sized Fun Tim Mendham looks at the history of Skeptics in the Pub. From the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine from Australian...


The Skeptic Zone #580 - 24.November.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:45Skeptical Adventures with Dick Smith Australian Skeptics patron Dick Smith tells of the time he flew out James Randi to take part in Australia's largest water divining challenge. Also other investigations and adventures over the years. 0:27:05Good Thinking Society takes on Ear Candles The BBC's Executive Complaints Unit has upheld a Good Thinking...


The Skeptic Zone #579 - 17.November.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:49Anti-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...


The Skeptic Zone #578 - 10.November.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:24CSICon 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. 0:17:48M 209 Cipher Machine Dr...


The Skeptic Zone #577 - 3.November.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:09Another 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...


The Skeptic Zone #576 - 27.October.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:30Banned 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...


The Skeptic Zone #575 - 20.October.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:30Mind 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. 0:17:30Guerrilla 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...


The Skeptic Zone #574 - 13.October.2019

Show Notes 0:00:00Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:00CHOICE Shonkys Far too many people lose money or suffer impacts to their health and wellbeing due to products that are overpriced, ineffective or downright dangerous. We all deserve better. The Skeptic Zone Podcast reports from the annual Shonkys Awards. 0:21:04Trish & Chips! With Trish Hann Trish is interviewed by Maynard at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where she talks about the latest science in the...