Skeptical Thoughts

01st February 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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  • Jewish space laser

    I wish I was making this news story up - partially because it’s getting a little bit tiresome writing about US politics. However, the recently elected Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who likes to ride on the QAnon conspiracy carriage of the Trump Train, has been put through the wringer in the last week. Journalists have been poring over her social media history and documenting her words, shares and likes - some of which are so weird and wonderful it doesn’t take much to debunk them.

    2 min read, 363 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Antisemitism

  • Ngaire McCarthy

    Last week I attended, online, the funeral of Ngaire McCarthy, who died just over a week ago from cancer. Ngaire was an outspoken Māori atheist, humanist and rationalist who spoke to the NZ Skeptics at our 2014 conference in Auckland. She told us about how the census shows comparable rates of dis-belief amongst Māori and Pākehā in New Zealand, and how Christianity had imposed itself on Māori culture, merging in a way that makes it hard to pick them apart today.

    2 min read, 358 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Atheism, Obituary

  • Reiki is here to save us all

    Or at least that’s what NewsHub would have us believe, with an article published on Tuesday about the benefits of Reiki, an energy healing technique that involves the practitioner manipulating your “energy field” by waving their hands around your body.

    4 min read, 733 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Alternative Medicine, Reiki