Skeptical Thoughts

24th March 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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  • Should we worry about LED bulbs?

    Stuff published an article recently about the dangers of LED light bulbs, arguing that the blue light from LED bulbs disturbs our circadian rhythm and disrupts our sleep, with wide ranging knock-on effects to our health. My skeptical radar beeped at reading this, as I’ve looked into this issue in the past and found much speculation and very little actual science, even though every digital device these days seems to have a night mode for reducing blue light emission from the screen.

    3 min read, 525 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Pseudoscience, LED

  • Oumuamua probably isn’t aliens

    A new astronomy paper suggests that the strange object named Oumuamua that passed through our solar system a couple of years ago was probably a thin disc of planetary matter, and not a piece of alien technology.

    2 min read, 388 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Aliens

  • Prayers @ Parliament

    On Thursday evening last week I visited Parliament to pray for the future of our country. Now I’m not a Christian, so I’m pretty sure my prayers aren’t going to make a difference, but it’s interesting to see what influential Christians think about what is wrong with our country and how it should be fixed.

    2 min read, 389 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Religion, Politics

  • Freedom Rally

    On Saturday I attended one of several Freedom Rallies around the country. In Wellington, the rally was set for midday at the train station. It was a fairly low key affair, with flyers being handed out saying that masks and the vaccine are both ineffective.

    3 min read, 460 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy, COVID