Saturday, August 16, 2014

Episode 0007: Misuse of Information (Original Episode)

This is an original episode, however I have cut some of it out to add to the next episode.

This episode is going to focus on the misuse of science information.

The next episode will be on the misuse and misunderstanding of statistics. It will be a new one with Ben, but include some of the original episode on misuse of information - about statistics.

Direct download of the episode: https://archive.org/download/HH101/HH101e0007.mp3

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Episode 0006: Brain gym and the argument from imagination

As with the previous episode, this is partially based on my presentation at Brisbane SkeptiCamp 2014

Clips and information from this episode can be found here: http://www.skepticsfieldguide.net/2011/11/three-ways-of-examining-brain-or-any_26.html

A focus of this podcast was on the argument from imagination.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Episode 0004: False Analogy (Original Episode with a new bit)

This episode looks false analogy.

This is an episode from the original run of the podcast. It also includes a newly recorded part looking at the Australian Prime Minister's recent trouble when trying to explain the tough new federal budget cuts using an analogy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMbfdW3HVRE

Direct download of the episode: https://archive.org/download/HH101/HH101e0004.mp3

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Episode 0003: False balance

Show notes

In this episode we look at false balance.

We discussed the Dunning-Kruger effect with some Dunning-Kruger like accuracy (we got the vibe of it right). Check out the original paper here: https://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~suh/metacognition.pdf

Clips looked at:


I was interviewed on The Skeptic Zonehttp://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-294-8june2014

Penn & Teller’s Bullshit episode on vaccines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLcOz4EKrxg

Some other good commentary about false balance



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Monday, June 9, 2014

Episode 0002: What is Humbug! (Original Episode)

This was the first episode in the original run of Hunting Humbug 101. In it we (my Father Jef and I) discuss the general idea of fallacies and critical thinking and why we were moved to write a book on fallacies.

Here's the link to the post most of this discussion is based around - Fallacy.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Episode 0001: Homeopathy - appealing to tradition

This episode looks at the fallacy of appealing to tradition
  1. Reading from the book: www.skepticsfieldguide.net/p/ebook
  2. NHMRC draft Information Paper: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions: http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au/public_consultations/homeopathy_health
  3. Australian Homeopath Anna Lamaro on The Project. Audio courtesy of the Skeptic Zone podcast: http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/webpage/2014/04 
  4. Anna on ABC Breakfast: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-09/ana-lamaro-australian-homeopathic-association-on-news-breakfast/5378632
  5. Greg Hope - President of the Australian Homeopathic Association - on ABC radio: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s3981552.htm
  6. More of Anna on The Project
  7. The BBC Horizon documentary "BBC Horizon - Homeopathy The Test": http://youtu.be/vcBHKMJDHaU 
  8. Clip to analyse for Episode 3: http://youtu.be/LW7Id4GUzhU
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