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The Skeptic Zone

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Richard Saunders

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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 Skeptic Zone #607 - 31.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:52 COVID-19. Homeopathy in India We are joined by Abhijit Chanda from the Be Rationable Podcast for his opinion on the use of Homeopathy to fight COVID-19 in India. https://www.berationable.com 0:17:24 I Think We Need To Think. With Susan Gerbic Susan gives us the scoop on yet another sting operation. This time an alleged psychic in New Zealand is in her sites. What bizarre and tangled conspiracy theories are woven into the mystical psychic thread? Can the psychic forsee the end of COVID-19? 0:34:46 A Random Rant! With Dr Paulie We talk to Dr Paulie about a very important announcement regarding this year's Skepticon, the Australian Skeptics National Convention on the Gold Coast, Queensland. https://www.skepticon.org.au 0:43:04 Pint of Science 2020 - Vaccination Myths From the Godfrey Laboratory Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, immunology student Catriona Nguyen-Robertson covers some of the more common myths and misconceptions regarding vaccinations. https://pintofscience.com.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - Online https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/AustSkeptics/events/hsfmrpybcjbgb/ Skepticon 2020 https://www.skepticon.org.au About Time - Belief in Psychics https://tinyurl.com/abouttime002

65 MIN1 d ago
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The Skeptic Zone #607 - 31.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #606 - 24.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:34 The THINK TANK After a gap of almost 2 years, the Think Tank is back, only this time Instead of meeting at the club at the end of the street, we meet virtually online. We discuss quack medical devices, secret messages in money and why more people are going to psychics in these troubled times. With Michelle Franklin in the Northern Territory - Heidi Robertson in Northern NSW - Eran Segev in Sydney - Michelle Bijkersma in Melbourne - Trish Hann in Sydney - Dr Paulie on the Gold Coast - Mandy-Lee Noble in Brisbane - Richard Saunders in Sydney. Short-lived Anti Quackery Committe 2002 - Video https://youtu.be/7pXs4Gwy3o0 https://ratbags.com/rsoles/comment/quackerycommittee.htm https://www.tga.gov.au/bioresonance 0:43:54 About Time! Updates with Susan Gerbic From now on all the assorted science activism projects that Susan had been working on for years will be under the umbrella title About Time Project. This will simplify administration tasks...

51 MIN1 w ago
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The Skeptic Zone #606 - 24.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #605 - 17.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:00 Investigating the Paranormal... and Boobs? Former Australian Skeptics committee member and one of the founders of the 'Mystery Investigators' show for schools, Alynda Brown tells us of her investigations of "Psychics" and strange medical claims of the early 2000s, including undergoing hypnosis to increase her bust size! Testing Mr. Sen. (page 40) https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2022%20(2002)%20No%204.pdf Testing Ms Maree Teychenne (page 37) https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2023%20(2003)%20No%203.pdf Full Fact Book of Cold Reading https://www.coldreadingsuccess.com/books 0:29:43 Plandemic conspiracy video plays cat-and-mouse with platforms The anti-vaccine conspiratorial “documentary” Plandemic, which makes a range of misleading claims about COVID-19, has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with social media platforms since it was launched across ...

64 MIN2 w ago
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The Skeptic Zone #605 - 17.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #604 - 10.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:14 Conspiracy updates with Ben Radford Ben is a writer, investigator, and skeptic. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to over twenty books and written over a thousand articles and columns on a wide variety of topics including urban legends, unexplained mysteries, the paranormal, critical thinking, mass hysteria, and media literacy. https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com/ 0:27:08 The Diet Skeptic. With Mandy-Lee Noble An update to the story on Pete Evans who has parted with the Ch.7 TV network. We hear about some more of his antics and links to bizarre conspiracies. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/08/australian-celebrity-chef-pete-evans-under-fire-for-sharing-views-of-uk-conspiracy-theorist-david-icke https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/pete-evans-and-channel-7-part-ways-after-tv-chef-was-fined-25000-by-tga/news-story/2881a77a153405e068df9ca49dfea5e1 0:35:23 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This w...

59 MIN3 w ago
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The Skeptic Zone #604 - 10.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #603 - 3.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:39 What Doctors Don't Tell You In the last week of April 2020, the conspiracy theorist magazine "What Doctors Don't Tell You"was yanked from the sheveles of two Australian Supermarkets after action by Prof. Darren Saunders and radio host Ben Fordham. https://www.2gb.com/exclusive-supermarkets-selling-dangerous-conspiracy-magazines https://www.2gb.com/anti-vaccination-magazine-lashes-out-at-ben-fordham https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/what-doctors-dont-tell-you-magazine-pulled-from-supermarket-shelves/news-story/45b5c8f45ca878859e1424cdaa49eb5f 0:23:38 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The False Dilemma". Also known as “the false dichotomy”, “the either/or”, and “the false choice”, this is when an argument is framed as having only two options or conclusions, when there are in fact other logical alternatives. A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops...

59 MINMAY 2
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The Skeptic Zone #603 - 3.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #602 - 26.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders & Pontus Böckman http://theesp.eu https://www.youtube.com/user/VoFTV 0:11:54 Down the Rabbit Hole with Mick West As COVID-19 makes its way around the world, more and more people are turning to the perceived comfort found in conspiracy theories. Mick tells of some of the old conspiracies doing the rounds and some of the newer ones with the roll out of the 5G network. https://www.tftrh.com https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Escaping-the-Rabbit-Hole/West-Mick/9781510735811 0:32:40 The Diet Skeptic. With Mandy-Lee Noble The COVID-19 pandemic has for many of us brought significant change to our lives and even to how we think and what we value. And in these times you may have come to expect that in a Post-COVID world where health professionals and scientists are considered heroes the place for pseudoscience in health would have significantly diminished but unfortunately that is not the case. https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/pete-evans-comp...

64 MINAPR 26
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The Skeptic Zone #602 - 26.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #601 - 19.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders & Celestia Ward https://www.2headsstudios.com https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com 0:09:24 Homeopaths Caught Out.... Again! Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society Marsh talks about the philosophy behind his podcast, 'Be Reasonable' that invites believers to have their say. Also the investigations of the Good Thinking Society into the claims being made by UK Homeopaths about treatment for COVID-19. Also Skeptics in the Pub online. http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/podcasts https://www.twitch.tv/sitp 0:30:19 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Special Pleading". This is when instead of admitting your point of view or argument is wrong, you try and find a loop-hole that gives you an ‘out’ and saves you from defeat. It is also when a person makes an exception to a universal principle because they are holding on tight to a belief that doesn’t align with that principle. A Logical Fallacy is an error ...

66 MINAPR 19
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The Skeptic Zone #601 - 19.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #600 - 12.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders & Stefan Sojka 0:05:05 A Grain of Salt. With Eran Segev Skeptics legal defence fund seeks volunteers An international skeptics legal defence fund is in the process of being set up, following the successful defence of Britt Hermes, and it is calling for experienced and qualified volunteers with legal, marketing and fund-raising expertise to help out. https://skepticslegaldefense.org 0:22:00 'Medical Intuitives' Promising to Protect Your DNA Against Coronavirus Just before large gatherings were banned due to coronavirus, but after it hit the news, Gary Nunn attended a Mind, Body, Spirit convention in Sydney. As expected, it was full of clairvoyants and generalist psychics. But there were also a lot of people describing themselves as "medical intuitives". - Story by Gary Nunn https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/y3mj3m/the-medical-intuitives-promising-to-protect-your-dna-against-coronavirus 0:36:52 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week...

69 MINAPR 12
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The Skeptic Zone #600 - 12.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #599 - 5.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:51 Be Rationable - An interview with Abhijit Chanda from India Are you curious? Are you always questioning things that you see around you? Are you looking for answers, but most of them just aren't convincing enough? The Be Rationable podcast wants to know what works and what doesn't, and who's right and who's not. There's a problem though. A lot of what we find in this quest is either based on bad evidence, bad ideas, propaganda or just misinformation. https://www.berationable.com/ 0:22:42 COVID-19 and Quack Claims At this time of a world-wide crisis, we see the best and the worst of humanity. While some people put their lives on the line in the fight agaist COVID-19, others keep spreading conspiracy theories and very bad health advice. We look at some examples of stupidity and wilful ignorance. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8184583/Anti-vaxxer-Meryl-Dorey-leader-calls-followers-storm-hospitals-coronavirus-lockdown.html 0:33:45 L...

65 MINAPR 5
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The Skeptic Zone #599 - 5.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #598 - 29.March.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:14 Maynard's Spooky Action Will comet ATLAS take our minds off COVID-19? We hope so and so does astronomer Kirsten Banks. Find out about this cosmic visitor, native astronomy and much more from one of Australia's up and coming leaders in science. https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/ http://www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au https://astrokirsten.com.au/podcast 0:19:05 Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin Michelle brings us news on how the Northern Territory in Australia is coping with COVID-19. 0:24:15 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Post hoc, ergo, propter hoc". Also known as "assuming the cause", the "faulty causal assumption" or just "post hoc", this is when two events occur in succession and it is believed that the first event must have caused the second event. Or to put it another way, the second event is a result of the first event. A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually cro...

58 MINMAR 29
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The Skeptic Zone #598 - 29.March.2020

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The Skeptic Zone #607 - 31.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:02:52 COVID-19. Homeopathy in India We are joined by Abhijit Chanda from the Be Rationable Podcast for his opinion on the use of Homeopathy to fight COVID-19 in India. https://www.berationable.com 0:17:24 I Think We Need To Think. With Susan Gerbic Susan gives us the scoop on yet another sting operation. This time an alleged psychic in New Zealand is in her sites. What bizarre and tangled conspiracy theories are woven into the mystical psychic thread? Can the psychic forsee the end of COVID-19? 0:34:46 A Random Rant! With Dr Paulie We talk to Dr Paulie about a very important announcement regarding this year's Skepticon, the Australian Skeptics National Convention on the Gold Coast, Queensland. https://www.skepticon.org.au 0:43:04 Pint of Science 2020 - Vaccination Myths From the Godfrey Laboratory Dept of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne, immunology student Catriona Nguyen-Robertson covers some of the more common myths and misconceptions regarding vaccinations. https://pintofscience.com.au Also Corona Conspiracy - Upload Images https://coronaconspiracy.cloud Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - Online https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/AustSkeptics/events/hsfmrpybcjbgb/ Skepticon 2020 https://www.skepticon.org.au About Time - Belief in Psychics https://tinyurl.com/abouttime002

65 MIN1 d ago
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The Skeptic Zone #607 - 31.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #606 - 24.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:34 The THINK TANK After a gap of almost 2 years, the Think Tank is back, only this time Instead of meeting at the club at the end of the street, we meet virtually online. We discuss quack medical devices, secret messages in money and why more people are going to psychics in these troubled times. With Michelle Franklin in the Northern Territory - Heidi Robertson in Northern NSW - Eran Segev in Sydney - Michelle Bijkersma in Melbourne - Trish Hann in Sydney - Dr Paulie on the Gold Coast - Mandy-Lee Noble in Brisbane - Richard Saunders in Sydney. Short-lived Anti Quackery Committe 2002 - Video https://youtu.be/7pXs4Gwy3o0 https://ratbags.com/rsoles/comment/quackerycommittee.htm https://www.tga.gov.au/bioresonance 0:43:54 About Time! Updates with Susan Gerbic From now on all the assorted science activism projects that Susan had been working on for years will be under the umbrella title About Time Project. This will simplify administration tasks...

51 MIN1 w ago
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The Skeptic Zone #606 - 24.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #605 - 17.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:00 Investigating the Paranormal... and Boobs? Former Australian Skeptics committee member and one of the founders of the 'Mystery Investigators' show for schools, Alynda Brown tells us of her investigations of "Psychics" and strange medical claims of the early 2000s, including undergoing hypnosis to increase her bust size! Testing Mr. Sen. (page 40) https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2022%20(2002)%20No%204.pdf Testing Ms Maree Teychenne (page 37) https://www.skeptics.com.au/wp-content/uploads/magazine/The%20Skeptic%20Volume%2023%20(2003)%20No%203.pdf Full Fact Book of Cold Reading https://www.coldreadingsuccess.com/books 0:29:43 Plandemic conspiracy video plays cat-and-mouse with platforms The anti-vaccine conspiratorial “documentary” Plandemic, which makes a range of misleading claims about COVID-19, has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with social media platforms since it was launched across ...

64 MIN2 w ago
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The Skeptic Zone #605 - 17.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #604 - 10.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:14 Conspiracy updates with Ben Radford Ben is a writer, investigator, and skeptic. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to over twenty books and written over a thousand articles and columns on a wide variety of topics including urban legends, unexplained mysteries, the paranormal, critical thinking, mass hysteria, and media literacy. https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com/ 0:27:08 The Diet Skeptic. With Mandy-Lee Noble An update to the story on Pete Evans who has parted with the Ch.7 TV network. We hear about some more of his antics and links to bizarre conspiracies. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/08/australian-celebrity-chef-pete-evans-under-fire-for-sharing-views-of-uk-conspiracy-theorist-david-icke https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/pete-evans-and-channel-7-part-ways-after-tv-chef-was-fined-25000-by-tga/news-story/2881a77a153405e068df9ca49dfea5e1 0:35:23 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This w...

59 MIN3 w ago
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The Skeptic Zone #604 - 10.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #603 - 3.May.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:39 What Doctors Don't Tell You In the last week of April 2020, the conspiracy theorist magazine "What Doctors Don't Tell You"was yanked from the sheveles of two Australian Supermarkets after action by Prof. Darren Saunders and radio host Ben Fordham. https://www.2gb.com/exclusive-supermarkets-selling-dangerous-conspiracy-magazines https://www.2gb.com/anti-vaccination-magazine-lashes-out-at-ben-fordham https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/what-doctors-dont-tell-you-magazine-pulled-from-supermarket-shelves/news-story/45b5c8f45ca878859e1424cdaa49eb5f 0:23:38 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "The False Dilemma". Also known as “the false dichotomy”, “the either/or”, and “the false choice”, this is when an argument is framed as having only two options or conclusions, when there are in fact other logical alternatives. A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually crops...

59 MINMAY 2
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The Skeptic Zone #603 - 3.May.2020

The Skeptic Zone #602 - 26.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders & Pontus Böckman http://theesp.eu https://www.youtube.com/user/VoFTV 0:11:54 Down the Rabbit Hole with Mick West As COVID-19 makes its way around the world, more and more people are turning to the perceived comfort found in conspiracy theories. Mick tells of some of the old conspiracies doing the rounds and some of the newer ones with the roll out of the 5G network. https://www.tftrh.com https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Escaping-the-Rabbit-Hole/West-Mick/9781510735811 0:32:40 The Diet Skeptic. With Mandy-Lee Noble The COVID-19 pandemic has for many of us brought significant change to our lives and even to how we think and what we value. And in these times you may have come to expect that in a Post-COVID world where health professionals and scientists are considered heroes the place for pseudoscience in health would have significantly diminished but unfortunately that is not the case. https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/pete-evans-comp...

64 MINAPR 26
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The Skeptic Zone #602 - 26.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #601 - 19.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders & Celestia Ward https://www.2headsstudios.com https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com 0:09:24 Homeopaths Caught Out.... Again! Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society Marsh talks about the philosophy behind his podcast, 'Be Reasonable' that invites believers to have their say. Also the investigations of the Good Thinking Society into the claims being made by UK Homeopaths about treatment for COVID-19. Also Skeptics in the Pub online. http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/podcasts https://www.twitch.tv/sitp 0:30:19 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Special Pleading". This is when instead of admitting your point of view or argument is wrong, you try and find a loop-hole that gives you an ‘out’ and saves you from defeat. It is also when a person makes an exception to a universal principle because they are holding on tight to a belief that doesn’t align with that principle. A Logical Fallacy is an error ...

66 MINAPR 19
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The Skeptic Zone #601 - 19.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #600 - 12.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders & Stefan Sojka 0:05:05 A Grain of Salt. With Eran Segev Skeptics legal defence fund seeks volunteers An international skeptics legal defence fund is in the process of being set up, following the successful defence of Britt Hermes, and it is calling for experienced and qualified volunteers with legal, marketing and fund-raising expertise to help out. https://skepticslegaldefense.org 0:22:00 'Medical Intuitives' Promising to Protect Your DNA Against Coronavirus Just before large gatherings were banned due to coronavirus, but after it hit the news, Gary Nunn attended a Mind, Body, Spirit convention in Sydney. As expected, it was full of clairvoyants and generalist psychics. But there were also a lot of people describing themselves as "medical intuitives". - Story by Gary Nunn https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/y3mj3m/the-medical-intuitives-promising-to-protect-your-dna-against-coronavirus 0:36:52 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week...

69 MINAPR 12
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The Skeptic Zone #600 - 12.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #599 - 5.April.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:03:51 Be Rationable - An interview with Abhijit Chanda from India Are you curious? Are you always questioning things that you see around you? Are you looking for answers, but most of them just aren't convincing enough? The Be Rationable podcast wants to know what works and what doesn't, and who's right and who's not. There's a problem though. A lot of what we find in this quest is either based on bad evidence, bad ideas, propaganda or just misinformation. https://www.berationable.com/ 0:22:42 COVID-19 and Quack Claims At this time of a world-wide crisis, we see the best and the worst of humanity. While some people put their lives on the line in the fight agaist COVID-19, others keep spreading conspiracy theories and very bad health advice. We look at some examples of stupidity and wilful ignorance. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8184583/Anti-vaxxer-Meryl-Dorey-leader-calls-followers-storm-hospitals-coronavirus-lockdown.html 0:33:45 L...

65 MINAPR 5
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The Skeptic Zone #599 - 5.April.2020

The Skeptic Zone #598 - 29.March.2020

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:05:14 Maynard's Spooky Action Will comet ATLAS take our minds off COVID-19? We hope so and so does astronomer Kirsten Banks. Find out about this cosmic visitor, native astronomy and much more from one of Australia's up and coming leaders in science. https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/ http://www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au https://astrokirsten.com.au/podcast 0:19:05 Life is Wild. With Michelle Franklin Michelle brings us news on how the Northern Territory in Australia is coping with COVID-19. 0:24:15 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma This week Michelle looks at "Post hoc, ergo, propter hoc". Also known as "assuming the cause", the "faulty causal assumption" or just "post hoc", this is when two events occur in succession and it is believed that the first event must have caused the second event. Or to put it another way, the second event is a result of the first event. A Logical Fallacy is an error we can make in reasoning, but it usually cro...

58 MINMAR 29
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The Skeptic Zone #598 - 29.March.2020
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