Skeptical Thoughts

22nd August 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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  • Lockdown Bingo

    It feels like it was inevitable that some of the conspiracy theorists, or “freedom fighters” as they call themselves, would end up protesting our latest level 4 lockdown. I’m not surprised that their shared delusion that lockdown is just a ploy by the government to permanently remove our freedoms would cause them to risk the health of all of us. But it has been disappointing to see a few hundred people around the country gathering to protest at a time when we’ve all been told to stay at home to limit the spread of a deadly disease.

    7 min read, 1226 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: COVID, Lockdown, Arrests

  • An alternative legal opinion

    Of all the people who spoke publicly about this week’s lockdown protest arrests, Amy Benjamin, a senior lecturer of international law at AUT, was the most surprising to me.

    2 min read, 302 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: COVID, Lockdown

  • (Another) Psychic Failure

    This one’s a little light hearted, and not overly surprising - Kelvin Cruickshank, one of our most famous local psychics, appears to have failed to have been warned by the spirits about the impending lockdown. Kelvyn had booked a live event for Thursday in New Plymouth, in what turned out to be the second day of our national lockdown. David Chisholm, a member of our Facebook group, managed to take a great screenshot of the event being advertised under a large banner warning of event date changes due to our COVID lockdown.

    1 min read, 96 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: COVID, Lockdown