Skeptical Thoughts

29th April 2018

Here are the topics I chose to talk about on RadioLive for the week. Some of them may not have been mentioned on the radio due to a lack of time.

  • Homeopaths trying to "cure" Autism

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Pseudoscience, Homeopathy, CAM

  • Dr Google

    There's been some interesting local research on people with health conditions doing their own research. The Southern Cross Health Society has looked into whether people look up their symptoms on google before visiting their GP. They talked to GPs about their patients, and found out that an increasing number of them are coming into their practices with knowledge taken from the internet of what is wrong with them.

    2 min read, 271 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Pseudoscience, CAM

  • Ken Ring is predicting earthquakes again

    I was contacted by a journalist for the Sunday Star times a few days ago with some questions about Ken Ring. He's predicting an earthquake for June or July the 13th to 15th.

    5 min read, 926 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Pseudoscience, Earthquake

  • V2K - what is it?

    I've found another fun conspiracy theory - V2K. Weirdly, it stands for "Voice to Skull" and is a technology where voices can be beamed directly to your head. This is another conspiracy theory that until recently was new to me. The idea is based on the fact that microwaves can be used to create a clicking noise inside someone's head. This is known as the microwave auditory effect, and was discovered in World War Two by people who worked near radar devices. The likely mechanism for the clicking is that parts of the inner ear are being rapidly heated up by the radio waves. The microwaves can be varied to create what sounds like a human voice inside someone's head, which is pretty cool.

    2 min read, 309 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy, V2K