Token Skeptic Podcast
By Kylie Sturgess
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Why do we believe weird things? What does feminine intuition really mean? How do you become an effective activist for science and reason? Are you ready for a monthly show that poses these questions and more? Tune into the Token Skeptic for a slightly more skeptical look at stories in the news, urban legends, good science, pseudoscience, and what makes popular culture pop.
||CleanToken Skeptic 234 - On Animals, Language, Koko and Wish Fulfilment||The idea that animals have the potential to talk is an alluring one; from the mathematical stunts of Clever Hans, to research on parrots, dolphins and chimps - just look at viral BBC footage of a gopher yelling "Alan". It's interesting, exciting...||28 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 233 - On Complementary Medicine Laws In Australia and Choice Campaign||Hundreds of bizarre health claims such as "tonifies kidney essence" and "opens body orifices" could appear on complementary medicine labels under new laws being pushed by the Australian federal government. Consumer advocacy group...||25 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 232 - On Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder||Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder is a science book with a difference, written by Alom Shaha, illustrated by Emily Robertson and published by Scribble Kids Books. Alom was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London; as a parent,...||1 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 231 - On The Woman Who Fooled The World||Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer. In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth:...||28 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 230 - How To Be Reasonable||How To Be Reasonable (By Someone Who Tried Everything Else) is a primer on critical thinking and an introduction to scientific skepticism that will empower you to see the world a little bit more clearly. The world is a strange, scary and...||31 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 229 - Internet Tests, Manus Island And Podcast Trends||Free WIFI - two words that many people love to hear. But how many people read the terms and conditions before they connect to it? Accessing wireless points that you don’t know where it originates from can be risky and harmful to your confidential...||30 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 228 - Australia Enters The Space Race (?) - Interview With Paul Willis||The recent news that Australia is getting its own Space Agency is one sure to affect the entire nation - but should we be so eager so fast? The Federal Government has announced its plans to cash in on a $420 billion aeronautical...||30 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 227 - On Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness by Brigid Delaney||Cold-pressed juices, quitting sugar, Paleo, hot yoga, mindfulness … if you embrace these things you will be happy, you will be well – just ask Instagram. Wellness has become a global mega-industry. But does any of this stuff actually work? Feeling..||30 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 226 - On My Dad Wrote a Porno - Interview With Jamie Morton||It started around a kitchen table, three friends reading out the erotic work of a retired dad – and now it’s a podcasting sensation. Jamie Morton of "My Dad Wrote A Porno" podcast never expected that “Belinda Blinked” (written by...||15 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 225 - March For Science - Perth WA||The March For Science is an international phenomenon - a stand for solidarity, for education, for inclusivity and for diversity in the field and for the importance of science to be understood and promoted by not just scientists, but policy makers...||22 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic Special Episode – The Perth Writers Festival Interviews||The Perth Writers Festival comes to town and it was a great chance to interview a range of talented authors taking part in the festivities. My interviews are with: Ben Rawlence - his book City of Thorns is about Northern Kenya - the...||24 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 224 - On How Safe are Herbal Medicines - Interview With Dr Garth Maker||How safe are herbal medicines? In 2011, just over a billion dollars was spent on alternative medicines in Australia, many of which come with unproven efficacy claims. After reports on mainstream media in Australia about the efficacy of...||23 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 223 - Override: My Quest to go Beyond Brain Training and Take Control of my Mind||Can you really rewire an adult brain? In theory the answer is 'yes', but there's a problem: no one seems to know exactly how to do it! In her new book "Override: My Quest to go Beyond Brain Training and Take Control of my Mind", science journalist...||23 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 222 – On Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts||Merry Christmas! One of the great things about the holiday break is the opportunity to get some reading done – and Edzard Ernst has a new book out this year. This book traces the genesis, principles and practice of homeopathy, and discusses the...||28 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic Special Episode - Cosmic Shambles Live||This is going to be one interesting tour... Essentially, the fact that every show is different (apart from host and the following guests you can see pictured above) means that you're not entirely sure what you're going to get. Maybe Sydney will...||18 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 221 - On No Alternative To Cancer Interview with Dr Paul Willis||Every year, thousands of Australians are suffering and dying prematurely because of alternative cancer treatments, according to a special investigation by Dr Paul Willis, director of The Royal Institution of Australia. The video (part of a series) is...||27 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 220 - On Fair Game: The Untold Story of Scientology In Australia||As astonishing as it is compelling - Steve Cannane's extraordinary insight into Scientology in Australia is investigative journalism at its very best. From Rugby League players trying to improve their game, to Hollywood superstars and the depressed...||22 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 218 - On The Quest For Wonder||Trunkman Productions and The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome in association with the Science Museum are proud to announce a brand new six-part episode mini series, The Quest For Wonder, starring Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince and their...||31 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 217 - On The Idiot Brain And The Elegant Universe||Welcome to Episode #217 of the Token Skeptic podcast! Dr Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist working as a tutor and lecturer based at Cardiff University's Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences. His Guardian Science blog, 'Brain...||19 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 216 - On Health Supplements, Online Fraud And Bandicoots!||Welcome to episode #216 of the Token Skeptic podcast! New data from national organ donation registries has revealed at least 6 people needed organ transplants after becoming sick from health supplements. Questions about the regulation of such...||4 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic Special Episode - 2016 Perth Writers Festival||It's all happening in town at the moment - the 2016 Perth Writers Festival! It's a yearly celebration of writing, literature, non-fiction and the authors and ideas behind the covers of a massive range of genres. Here's a round-up of some of the...||19 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic #215 - On The ConspiraSea Cruise - Interview With Colin McRoberts||Episode #215 of the Token Skeptic goes out to sea - and back again! It’s an experience that may not appeal to everyone – a seven-day cruise at sea, aiming to “take back power from corrupt and greedy institutions, attain true...||9 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 214 - On CSIRO Cuts, 40 Days Of Love, And Magic At Perth's FringeWorld||Welcome to episode #214 of the Token Skeptic podcast! ***** Leading scientists protested during a national conference this week to appeal against job cuts at the government’s agency for scientific research in Australia,...||8 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 213 - On Science And Sci-Fi Drama and Arts Good For Health||Token Skeptic podcast's episode #213! Check out the Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/kyliesturgess and from only $1, get behind the scenes news and more. ***** Inside a cryonics facility, seven people are woken from their icy...||28 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 211 - On Welcome To Night Vale And Chinese Medicine Under The Microscope||Propelled by a massive fandom community online, Welcome to Night Vale podcast exploded into popularity almost overnight, launching to the top of the iTunes charts in 2013. It’s about a community radio station for a friendly...||20 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToken Skeptic 201 - On Pluto, Discovery Centre And The Podcast Science Vs||Welcome to episode #201 of Token Skeptic - and as always, if you'd like to support the show and future episodes, check out the Patreon page at patreon.com/kyliesturgess - there's lots of additional features and bonus content for those who help the...||19 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Sense about supersition IS the way!
Accessible presentations on the science of belief and the reasoning behind paranormal claims by an extremely intelligent and talented Australian. Although it's just started, I love it and find it inspiring to take a step back from judging some of the odder beliefs and learning the psychology behind superstitions. A+!
Kylie has a keen sense of the logic and illogical and presents the facts in an entertaining manner.
clear and to the point
A interesting podcast. The single topic style which investigates a superstition in detail much like Brian Dunning's Skeptoid podcast.