Skeptical Thoughts

November 2018

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

  • November 4, 2018

  • Asia Bibi is Acquitted

    Asia Bibi, who has been on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy for nearly 10 years, has been acquitted this week. Unsurprisingly, this is far from the the end of her troubles.

    1 min read, 190 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Religion, Blasphemy, Pakistan

  • Jesus for NZ

    There were hundreds of Christians at Parliament on Tuesday calling for the reinstatement of the name of Jesus in parliament’s prayer. There were people wearing Make America Great Again hats, bikers in leathers proclaiming the lord, and some pretty horrendous banners - including one calling Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard a “dishonourable Judas”.

    4 min read, 741 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Religion, Prayer, Parliament

  • OBDII Fuel Saver

    A friend sent me a video the other day about a fuel saving device for your car. The video was quite well done, and like so many videos on FB had no voice over - instead having a soundtrack, along with large subtitles telling the story:

    3 min read, 569 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Scam, OBDII, OBD2, Car, Fuel

  • SleepDrops is fundraising

    SleepDrops is a New Zealand company which sells small vials of liquid drops which are supposed to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Their ingredients are a mixture of small doses of herbs and very small (homeopathic) doses of herbs. A look at the Scientific Research page on their website shows that there’s a dearth of research for any of the ingredients in the SleepDrops products, and absolutely no research on the SleepDrops formulation.

    3 min read, 503 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Pseudoscience, Homeopathy, SleepDrops