Skeptical Thoughts

July 2021

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.


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  • July 7, 2021

  • Birds aren’t real

    I’ve just learned about the absolutely fun conspiracy that is “birds aren’t real”. According to the theory, the CIA in the 1950s were trying to solve two hard problems. Firstly, they wanted to be able to secretly spy on the entire population of the United States. Secondly, they needed to stop birds pooping on their cars in the CIA headquarters car park. These two seemingly disconnected problems gave birth to the genius idea to replace all the birds in America with flying camera drones that look just like birds. As the Birds Aren’t Real twitter account states:

    3 min read, 445 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy, Poe's Law

  • July 21, 2021

  • Conspiracy Farmers

    There is an increasingly vocal sub-set of farmers around the country who are buying into conspiracy theories. A group called the Agricultural Action Group - AAG - have been touring the country in recent months warning people about what they consider to be the real issues facing not just farmers but all citizens of our country:

    3 min read, 410 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy

  • Psychic Kelvin is on tour

    Sensing Murder psychic Kelvin Cruickshank is currently touring the country. He’s been down in the South Island recently, visiting Christchurch and a lot of smaller towns, and selling tickets at $65 a pop. Next month he’ll be touring the North Island.

    3 min read, 502 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Psychics

  • Famous actress jailed for her role in NXIVM

    Allison Mack was once famous for her role in the TV show Smallville, a spin-off show about Superman. However, a few years ago she joined a group called NXIVM (Nexium) who promised to help her on the path to enlightenment and happiness. The group pulled in more famous people, including other TV celebrities, the director of What the Bleep Do We Know, and the Bronfman sisters, heirs to the Seagram fortune.

    3 min read, 585 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Cults

  • When scientists go wrong

    Mahin Khatami looks at first blush to be a respectable scientist - she has a long history as a scientist spanning decades, used to work for the NIH (National Institutes for Health) in the US as a program director, and has not only been published in respectable peer reviewed journals but has also been a journal editor.

    2 min read, 361 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Pseudoscience, Retraction