Skeptical Thoughts

11th January 2021

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.


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  • A Faraday Cage to protect you from WiFi

    On the popular tech news YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips, Linus has evaluated a couple of small faraday cages that are sold in the US as a way to protect home users from the harmful radiation coming from their WiFi base stations. At around NZ$120 a piece I’m not sure which of the findings I think is the funnier - that they do a really bad job of blocking WiFi, or that they turn out to just be repurposed wire paper trays with a couple of modifications to allow wires to be inserted, and that they cost less than NZ$10 each to buy from China.

    1 min read, 109 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Scam, Faraday Cage, Technology

  • Beware of JP Sears

    I’m sure many skeptics have enjoyed JP Sears’ parody videos of the wellness industry, such as How to Become Gluten Intolerant and How to be Ultra Spiritual. It was a surprise to me, just before Christmas, to read that despite poking fun, JP Sears has for a long time been a seller of nonsense. An article from the Office for Science and Society at McGill University in Canada details JP Sears’ history of selling unregulated therapy sessions and useless supplements, and sadly also his recent descent into COVID-19 science denial.

    1 min read, 163 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy, JP Sears

  • Auckland Lockdown Protest

    Billy TK held an anti-lockdown rally in Auckland on Saturday. The rally was accompanied by a variety of interesting flags, signs and chants:

    4 min read, 638 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Politics, Billy TK, Advance NZ

  • Musical Vaccine

    An image that has been making its way round the internet recently purports to be a circuit diagram for a 5G chip which is inside COVID vaccines. However, those who are technically musical minded have pointed out that the image is actually that of a guitar effects pedal called Metal Zone from company Boss.

    2 min read, 260 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy, Vaccines