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Welcome to the Completely Unnecessary Skeptical Podcast - A Skeptical Podcast brought to you from the bottom of the planet that's jam-packed with really interesting, random, (mostly) skeptical content with a distinctly unique Kiwi flavour. * Although we focus mainly on NZ skeptical issues (and skeptical issues that impact Kiwis), we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy our podcast (if you're a skeptic!) – no matter where you’re from. * Note: Kiwi refers to a small flightless bird indigenous to New Ze ...
 
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It’s been a fun-filled weekend for all three of us, with a skeptic themed road trip to Craig in Auckland for Bronwyn and Mark. As well as talking about our fascinating tour of the Mormon Temple, we also chat about our evening at Auckland Skeptics in the Pub, our cacao ceremony breakfast, a visit to… Continue reading 2022-09-20: Mormon Cacao Destiny…
 
Former NZ Skeptics committee member Lisa Ryan is our special guest this episode, giving us the rundown on the aftermath of the ARISE Pathfinding report. Craig demurs to tell us exactly why the christian pseudo-cult (or is that Pseudo-Christian cult…) Human Condition plagues his social media sidebar, Bronwyn talks about her current special interest …
 
Join Craig as he lives vicariously through Bronwyn and Mark’s stories from the Freedom and Rights Coalition’s March and People’s Court. The day was thankfully anti-climatic, but the legacy of Destiny’s original, anti-civil union “Enough is Enough” march loomed large with the official launch of a still unformed, Tamaki-driven, coalition party. Event…
 
The hosts of the Yeah…Nah podcast are big fans of documentaries. Everyone saw Stuff Circuit’s Fire & Fury investigation into the current distributors of misinformation in New Zealand, and reminisced about the ghosts of cranks past. Daniel Ryan joins the team to discuss acupuncture, and also joins in on our chat about the new Gloriavale… Continue re…
 
Oh no, the Yeah…Nah podcast returns. Mark talks about a poorly researched, racist documentary that he’s watching so that you don’t have to. Bronwyn and Mark chat about their recent pieces on high IQ societies, and Craig issues a correction about his article about endangered plankton. We also talk a little bit about fluoride, and… Continue reading 2…
 
Another week, another instalment of the Yeah…Nah podcast. We have some listener feedback from our previous episode, and Mark talks about the scam that is Moon Crystal Healing Bracelets. The group then laments the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones, and with it the conspiracies it inspired. Bronwyn closes out the show with some literal ancient… …
 
Yeah…Nah returns, and you might get whiplash from this week’s topics. It’s Craig’s turn to be on the receiving end of critical feedback, for his use of inclusive language in his Roe vs Wade article. Bronwyn and Mark discuss their recent foray into kiwi Christian culture, with their field trip to Prayer@Parliament. Mark also examines… Continue readi…
 
Yeah…Nah is back as promised. We have shifted our fortnightly recordings by a week for the foreseeable future, but you, dear listeners, won’t miss out. In this installment, the team try to stay on topic as Mark debates whether the Google AI is actually sentient or was asked leading questions, Craig discusses the newest pivot… Continue reading 2022-…
 
Two weeks of Yeah…Nah in a row? It’s the gift you never knew you wanted, but it’s exactly what you need. And it’s a bumper of an episode too, with Deanne the barrister answering all of our questions about defamation and shady practitioners. We also talk about the unexpected delay in this week’s newsletter release,… Continue reading 2022-06-07: Mail…
 
May has come to a close, and the Yeah…Nah! Podcast brings you the first podcast for June. SPECIAL GUEST STAR Alexander Maxwell returns to discuss how “white dielectric material” humanises the Cosmic Microwave Background. Mark attended the Counterspin Roadshow during its stop in Wellington, and shares his insights on the post-protest movement (and a…
 
News:Yet another study shows no link between MMR and autism - measles outbreaks going on all over the place including Canterbury Centre for Enquiry suing CVS PubtalkHow do you define a skeptic? Woo Zealand: Dowsing Friendly Athiest Sensing Murder - Noreen Hegarty, Peter Boland [Kelvin Cruickshank claiming success] Auckland tarot reader denied eftpo…
 
In which Soiuxsie gets sooty, Nathan knows more than he thought he knew, and Craig doesn't talk about his car. Noticeboard: Conference:https://conference.skeptics.nz/ Free Friday nightLimited free tickets for students News:Bible Museum says five of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake: Food supplement ruined my liver Ireland votes to oust ‘medieval’ blasp…
 
In which, we talk about 1080, observe the end of Goop, and finally discuss Wellington Paranormal (Spoilers. Maybe). http://conference.skeptics.nz Crowdfunding Quackery Goop Measles Fatwa 1080 “controversy”1080 Facts Book - Matter of Fact Grief Vampires Massive increase in advertising spend on vitamins and supplements People behind Baa Baa amber tee…
 
In which Nathan gets Goopy, Craig gets charged up and Siouxsie gets supplementary. Noticeboard: NZ Skeptics Conf 2018 News:Goop Hires FactcheckerWater on MarsCraig’s Electric Car updateKen Ham’s knickers in a twist again (Polyamorous Parents) PubtalkClimate change denialists communicate with CraigPlacebos, alternative medicine, interview on RadioLI…
 
Noticeboard: NZ Skeptics Conf 2018: conference.skeptics.nz Humanist conference News:Energy Healer Merka! Science popularisation uses religion’s tools Psychic pets Woo Zealand: Wellington Paranormal Deliah’s dubious device: The PIP! WOTD: janiform Quote: “When I was young I believed that ‘nonfiction’ meant ‘true.’ But you read a history written in, …
 
Episode Notes In which Nathan gets a word worng, Siouxsie tries to find a correlation between homeopathy prescribers and antivaxers, and Craig makes a fart joke. Links: Day of Reckoning: https://www.pangburnphilosophy.com/dayofreckoning-auckland Humanist conference: https://www.facebook.com/events/984072268412998/ Monkey selfie case: https://phys.o…
 
In which Professor Steven Galbraith teaches us about bitcoin, Nathan gets a compliment, Craig tells us about electric car batteries and Siouxsie finds a totally legit, not a scam at all "bioscanner". Email / feedback: Mark Dawson: "Re governments using dowsers. In my past life as an ACT Government employee, I came across an old file that mentioned …
 
In which Craig tells us about artificial people, Siouxsie doesn't Deliah, and Nathan interviews Street Epistemologist Anthony Magnabosco about Street Epistemology. News: Alex Jones and Mike Adams YT ban? https://debunkingdenialism.com/2018/03/04/natural-news-banned-youtube/ https://gizmodo.com/as-advertisers-flee-alex-jones-claims-his-youtube-ba...…
 
In which Craig argues with people who are wrong on the Internet; Siouxsie hasn't read the research; and, somehow, Nathan is the Voice of Reason. https://www.facebook.com/Gardasil-Kills2-332186880241439/?hc_ref=ARRRmCg... Rates of great earthquakes not affected by moon phases, day of year: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180116131319.h…
 
In which Siouxsie & Graeme Hill ruin an ear candle experiment, and Craig & Nathan interview the amazing Cara Santa Maria... News: Conference report Roy Moore - Kids commit drive-by shootings because they are taught evolution http://reverepress.com/news/roy-moore-kids-commit-drive-shootings-taught... Christians and fingerprints http://www.patheos.co…
 
In which we continue our new trend of publishing regularly and on time, Craig follows instructions, Siouxsie is a cartoon, and Nathan shows up... --=Links=-- NZ Skeptics Conference - 2017 - Wellington 24th-26th November http://conference.skeptics.nz Xmas gifts! www.brightenz.net https://www.redbubble.com/people/SiouxsieW/shop News: Pope stubs out c…
 
In which we start podcasting again after a short break of only 15 months, Siouxsie dubiouses 3 devices, Craig teaches us about essential oils and Nathan is proved to be a genius. Noticeboard: NZ Skeptics Conference - 2017 - Wellington 24th-26th November http://conference.skeptics.nz News: Power in placebo rationale: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/new…
 
Welcome to the Nathan Show. In which Nathan does science on his phone, Nathan tells us why we shouldn't send cat pictures to Kevin Folta, and Nathan gets something completely wrong! Craig and Siouxsie are also in there somewhere... http://themighty.com/2016/05/rebecca-burgess-comic-redesigns-the-autism-... Ben Goldacre coming to Auckland http://www…
 
In which Siouxsie is rife with information, Nathan is helpful and hardworking, and Craig finds a quote from a woman! News: Why we shouldn’t say that vaccines don’t cause autism. http://thescientificparent.org/vaccines-dont-cause-autism-but-thats-not-... Australian ‘healer’ Chris Savage flees Bali: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/79413689/dhb…
 
In which we talk about the zirka virus, Craig gloats about meeting Penn and Teller, and Siouxsie gets away with anal sex on the radio... News: Pastafarians join Druids, Wiccans as official wedding celebrants: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-01/weddings-legalised-for-church-of-t... The PLOS ONE paper that mentions the Creator: http://journals.plo…
 
In which we train our brains to be better at brain training, everyone's mean to Nathan for no reason, and we spend 5 minutes talking about what our palms look like. (For bonus points - play Guess the Palm with the profile picture) News: Brain “training” company Lumosity slapped with $2 million fine for misleading customers http://www.smithsonianmag…
 
In which Siouxsie finds something else that gives you cancer that doesn't actually give you cancer, Nathan looks at asteroid mining, and Craig finds a ghost in a girls' school... News: Specialised shampoo does not slow colour fade: http://m.nzherald.co.nz/fashion-beauty/news/article.cfm?c_id=42&objectid... Cooking oils & cancer: http://www.stuff.co…
 
In which we learn about the bubonic plague, discover alien civilisations, and examine fake butts. Email / feedback: Noticeboard: NZ Skeptics Conference 2015 http://conference.skeptics.nz/register Christchurch November 20th - 22nd News: Scientists discover cheese is an addictive as drugs http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/scientists-discover-chee…
 
In which we talk about wormholes, machine learning and memristers, and Harry Potter vibrating broomsticks. Email / feedback: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tripods https://web.archive.org/web/20020905195501/http://www.bushcountry.org/ne... Noticeboard: NZ Skeptics Conference 2015: http://conference.skeptics.nz/register Christchurch November 20th…
 
In which Nathan fails to notice a correlation between insulting his listeners and a lack of feedback, Craig makes obscure 80's music references and Siouxsie introduces us to a dubious device for men. Blindfold Driving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ScH1ALEn2E Celebrity sunscreen fail: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/national/jessica-albas…
 
In which we discuss talking snakes, baby robots, SETI getting funded (and criticised), and death matches featuring laser-wielding cells. Email / feedback: Noticeboard: Oprah in Auckland News: Scientists arm cells with mini lasers: http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2015/07/scientists-arm-cells-tiny-las... The end of Moore’s Law: read more…
 
In which Craig asks "Will it float?" (and tries to float), Siouxsie talks about color-changing condoms, and Nathan misses an obvious joke. Also, our roving reporter Graeme Hill interviews Matt Dillahunty and AronRa. (It's a bit longer than normal because we had a lot of interview to fit in...) --===-- Email / feedback: Noticeboard: Skeptical activi…
 
In which we alienate our listeners by misreading their feedback and calling them whores. We also talk about some news and we have an interview with the fabulous comedian Tom Binns Update: uni giving money back http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/08/climate-contrarian... News: Evangelical Christian family in child molestation cover up…
 
In which we discover a genetic element of the placebo effect, talk about 2 pieces of news about Tony Abbot that cancel each other out and Deliah discusses ... well just listen and find out. Noticeboard: New NZ skeptics website: http://skeptics.nz Conference videos on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NZSkepticsSociety News: New Kansas rules wou…
 
In which we discuss The Imitation Game, MMS for curing Autism, and Feline Serenity Pods. We'll also tell you how you can invest in the Bigfoot Business. --=Links=-- Stephen Meyer speaking at Auckland Uni: http://www.skepticblog.org/2013/08/28/stephen-meyers-fumbling-bumbling-a... https://www.facebook.com/events/816552078390463/ Darwin’s Doubt - The…
 
In which we discuss truck-sized fusion reactors, find out about how breast massage can help with headaches and discover a paranormal teddy bear... Email / feedback: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/file/your_health/complementary_med... "Oh, and for reference the NHMRC is the National Health and Medical Research Council, which is part of the Au…
 
Noticeboard: 5th-7th December - Skeptics Guide peeps & George appearing at NZ Skeptics Conf in Auckland - tickets now available News: Telepathic message sent over the internet! http://m.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11319916 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0105225 Newly described animals do…
 
Noticeboard: Save the dates: SkeptiCamp: Wellington - September 6th and 7th, The Fringe Bar 28 Allen Street https://www.facebook.com/events/498807646929403/?ref=4 5th-7th December - Skeptics Guide peeps & George appearing at NZ Skeptics Conf in Auckland - tickets now available SGU Private Recording http://conference.skeptics.org.nz News: 1.http://w…
 
In which we discuss Ken, Artificial Intelligence, and animals predicting the outcome of the Sportsball World Trophy Noticeboard: Save the dates: 5th-7th December - Skeptics Guide peeps & George appearing at NZ Skeptics Conf in Auckland - tickets now available News: Turing Test https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140609/07284327524/no-computer-did-n…
 
Conference tickets are Live! We're not dead! Cadbury are trying to weaken the muslims! These and even more news and interesting facts lie within. Click at your own peril. You have been warned... http://conference.skeptics.org.nz http://www.starstryder.com/2014/05/31/my-mistake-of-silence/ News: Non-news - the GRB that didn’t happen http://www.unive…
 
In which we discuss the harm caused by religion, missing school girls, celebrity moms, and Deliah tells us all about cupping. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/23/200-girls-missing-n... http://www.channel4.com/news/who-are-boko-haram http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/not-very-christian-rural-... - http://genesis2church.…
 
In which we find out what the weird luminescent alien off the coast of Bristol was, learn why sunscreen is bad for you, and we interview World Famous Ghost Hunter Hayley Stevens! --=Links=-- http://hayleyisaghost.co.uk/ http://www.livescience.com/41772-glowing-sea-creature-bristol.html http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/12/anti-gmo-crop-paper-to-b…
 
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