The Skeptic ZoneAuthor: Richard Saunders
26 Sep 2018

The Skeptic Zone

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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.

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    The Skeptic Zone #518 - 23.September.2018

    Richard Saunders

    The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
    Heidi tells us of her efforts, via her local council, to stop the Anti-Vax crowd from using council facilities in the Byron Shire of NSW.

    The end of the world put on hold..... again.
    Yesterday, September 20th 2018 at 9pm, a tsunami wreaked havoc along the NSW coast from Newcastle in the north to Nowra in the south. Huge regions of Sydney where devastated including the seaside suburbs of Cronulla, Bondi and Manly. The Tsunami surge also wiped out inner harbour suburbs such as Balmain and Kirribilli, destroyed the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as the airport and flooded the central business district. Waves reached as far inland as Parramatta.

    Maynard's Spooky Action....
    Interview with Nathan "Mudyi" Sentence about promoting scepticism in museums, galleries, libraries and archives. Why does putting on a museum shirt make you an expert? Why does something written entering the archive make it history? Fake news is currently a much discussed topic, but for First Nations people fake news has been around for a long time - only it's called history.

    Nathan blogs at and tweets at @saywhatnathan

    In the Zone
    From the pages of "The Skeptic" the magazine of Australian Skeptics, Richard Saunders gives an overview of 10 years of the Skeptic Zone Podcast.


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  • Posted on 22 Sep 2018

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    The Skeptic Zone #517 - 16.September.2018


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    Interview with Dr Alice Howarth
    Dr Alice Howarth (PhD) is a cellular and molecular biologist with a specialism in cancer research who is currently researching nanomedicines at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Alice is a board director of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-host of the skeptical podcast Skeptics with a K.

    Dextox? My Foot!
    One way to scam people is to diagnose and correct a nonexistent problem. Aqua Detox practitioners do this by claiming to remove toxins and balance cellular energy. During treatment sessions, the customer's feet are bathed for 30 minutes in salt water that is subjected to a low-voltage current transmitted through an electrode assembly called an "array" (the dark cylindrical object to which the wire is attached).

    Maynard's Spooky Action....
    Another fun night at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub.
    This week Maynard asks pubbers what they think of "Psychics" seeming to contact the dead at RSL Clubs.

    Claire Klingenberg testing claims the paranormal
    We chat to Claire about her visit to Scotland and Germany where she helped to test paranormal claims.

    Tests (In English)

    Tests (In German)

    Skeptics' Blood Drive
    Maynard and Richard Saunders report on the Australian Skeptics Blood Drive in Sydney.


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  • Posted on 16 Sep 2018

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    The Skeptic Zone #516 - 9.September.2018

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    Interview with Celestia Ward
    Squaring the Strange brings evidence-based analysis and commentary to a wide variety of topics, ranging from the paranormal to the political. Investigating ghosts. Debunking conspiracies. Dodging chupacabras. If a claim seems strange, Ben and Pascual will try to square it with the facts.

    A Random RANT! With Dr Paulie
    Interview with Hana Svobodová from Save Turtle.
    Save Turtle Organization is Czech NGO founded in 2017. It concentrates on the protection of sea turtles and their natural habitat. They wish for a world where people care for nature and take an interest in sea turtles.

    Open letter to the RSL : Let the Dead Rest in Peace
    Through its clubs, the Returned Services League commemorates our servicemen and women, including some who made the ultimate sacrifice. We are concerned that those clubs are occasionally used for a form of entertainment that is disrespectful to the departed, and to their relatives and friends.

    Kevin Davies and Star Wars
    Can the Star Wars movies be used as a real guide to help in military strategy? Kevin chats to Mick Cook and Major General Mick Ryan in Canberra.
    Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict

    The Dead Prussian Podcast

    Mick Cook

    Mick Ryan

    Talk like an Australian! Skepticon Speaker Interview

    We chat to Lee Murray, a teaching associate and PhD candidate, Linguistics Program School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics at Monash University.

    Ian Bryce and the Higgs
    Ian qualified at Monash University in science (BSc, physics) and engineering (BE Hons). His career has involved applying science to spaceflight for companies including Hawker de Havilland, Optus and Asia Pacific Space Centre. He created several space courses and lectured for eight years at four universities. Recently he has turned these skills toward communicating science and philosophy. He is also the challenge coordinator for Australian Skeptics Inc.


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  • Posted on 09 Sep 2018

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    The Skeptic Zone #515 - 2.September.2018



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    Prof. Paul Willis

    Australian university students appear to give far more credit to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance than the previous generation.



    Life is Wild! With Michelle Franklin

    Maggie the Maine Coon moggie recently moved here from South Africa, and after clearing quarantine she moved into a suburban house in Brisbane. All seems to be going well thus far, except that one day recently Maggie got a new housemate (let’s call her Sally the snake), a very large and non-venomous coastal carpet python.



    Speed Meet the Scientists at the Powerhouse Museum #3

    This week, interviews with...

    Dr James Hunter - Maritime Archaeologist

    Dr Ceridwen Boel - Archaeologist / Evolutionary Biologist

    Dr Kelsey Zimmermann - Psychologist
    Dr Kathryn Baker - Behavioural Neuroscientist

    Dr Titia Benders - Linguist – Children’s Llearning

    Jason Drury - Astronomer



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  • Posted on 01 Sep 2018

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    The Skeptic Zone #514 - 26.August.2018



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    Stephen Barrett, M.D from Quackwatch

    Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has achieved national renown as an author, editor, and consumer advocate. In addition to heading Quackwatch, he is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.



    Speed Meet the Scientists at the Powerhouse Museum #2

    This week, interviews with...

    Dr Hayley Green - Forensic Anthropologist

    Dr Katherine Dafforn - Marine Ecologist / Ecotoxicologist

    Alison Luk - Microbiologist



    Skeptics Award for Critical Thinking in Journalism

    Australian Skeptics Inc is adding to its portfolio of annual awards with one for the best piece of skeptical journalism.

    The award is named for the late Barry Williams, past president and executive officer of ASI who was a regular on Australian media. The Barry Williams Award for Skeptical Journalism will recognise the best piece of journalism (in any medium) that takes a critical and skeptical approach to a topic that falls within our remit, which is the scientific investigation of pseudoscience and the paranormal.



    Maynard's Spooky Action....

    The launch of Science Week #3

    Maynard heads to Australian Museum to attend the launch of Science Week 2018.

    Includes interviews with

    Joanna the Goanna and her keeper Anthony

    Jess and Mel from Street Science

    Thomas Jeffries

    Ruben Meerman



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  • Posted on 26 Aug 2018


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