Saturday, January 17, 2015

Episode 0018: False cause; correlation error (original episode)

In this podcast we discuss the False Cause; Correlation Error. It’s the 1st pod in a series we did on the air head actress Jenny McCarthy and her fallacious views on autism. The "cut down" video podcast version:

Direct download of the podcast: https://archive.org/download/HH101/HH101e0018.mp3


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Episode 0017: Ad hominem (original episode)

This is an original episode on Ad Hominem.

Show notes (stuff we mentioned that you might want to follow up, or not, whatever… totally up to you):

  • An example of likening a contemporary political leader to Hitler from people who’d been to see a talk by Al Gore organised by moveon.org (no points for guessing the leader of who I speak...) . This is obviously a case of cherry picking, but nonetheless…. Here's the youtube clip I used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiOpOGJsLhU. (I also slipped in a bit of Monty Python here (Gumbies)


Direct download: https://archive.org/download/HH101/HH101e0017.mp3


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Episode 0016: Immunised hypothesis

In this episode Ben and I discuss Immunised Hypotheses: http://www.skepticsfieldguide.net/2013/01/immunised-hypothesis.html

Clips from:


Also discussed, Kiai Master vs MMA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEDaCIDvj6I


Direct download: https://archive.org/download/HH101/HH101e0016.mp3

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Episode 0015: Gibberish (original episode)

This podcast is an original episode on Gibberish: http://www.skepticsfieldguide.net/2012/12/gibberish.html

One example we use is from Yes Prime Minister - The Smoke Screen.

The other examples are from 
Richard Dawkins' Tanner Lectures. (The gibberish comes in the form of questions asked to Richard Dawkins.)
  • Richard Dawkins - The Religion of Science - Part 2 - at about 31 minutes into the audio if you want to hear the original.
  • Richard Dawkins - The Science of Religion - Part 2 - at about 11 minutes.


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Episode 0014: Bad faith

Bad faith

Dr Oz

Dr Oz was forced to face a senate hearing into dietary supplements. Audio from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and somewhere else on YouTube:

Defending Jo Hockey (sort of, not really)


A careful and better analysis is looking at fuel expense as a proportion of income. 

And in a June 2014 submission to the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into the proposed excise rise, the Australian Automobile Association stated that: "Research indicates that the people who use their cars most frequently are in the outer metropolitan areas and  rural and regional areas where there are lower incomes, less jobs, and little or no access to public transport"

To back this the treasurer produced Treasury figures showing that absolute spending on petrol is higher in high-income households, and showing that high-income households tend to have more cars.

The same figures, expressed as a percentage of income, which is the obvious and accepted way of measuring the relative impact of a household cost, shows that households in the highest quintile spent 1.37% of their income on petrol and those in the lowest quintile spent 4.54%. In other words petrol eats up more than three times as much of an average poor household’s income than a rich household’s, because the rich household has 11 times the income from which to pay its petrol bill. So whatever its other merits, an increase in petrol excise will have a bigger impact on the poor household’s budget than the rich household’s, not the other way around. Which was already pretty obvious, really.

Chiropractors and Simon Singh: 


Other mentions

Oatmeal and Ted Cruz on Net Neutrality
http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality

Rumsfeld
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_are_known_knowns


Direct download


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Episode 0013: Non sequitur (original episode)

This is an original episode on non-sequiturs

Direct download: https://archive.org/download/HH101/HH101e0013.mp3

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Episode 0012: False dichotomy and false dilemma (original episode)

This is a combination of two original episodes. False dichotomy and dilemma, and then some feedback.

These are the three examples we specifically speak about on the podcast:

Direct download of the MP3 here: https://archive.org/download/HH101/HH101e0012.mp3

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