Podcast Episode

Episode Two Hundred And Twelve – On PhD’s In Anti-Science And The Fading Symphony

Token Skeptic podcast’s episode #212! Check out the Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/kyliesturgess and from only $1, get behind the scenes news and more. Also, it’s the last week to help with the show at the Token Skeptic survey, that you can find at www.tokenskeptic.org.


The University of Wollongong has accepted a PhD thesis that claims that vaccinations are not for the benefit of public health and are instead part of a world-wide conspiracy.

The doctorate by Judy Wilyman, has resulted in criticism of her research and also of the academics who allowed it to be awarded a degree in the university’s School of Humanities.

I spoke to the Founder of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales and co-founder of Friends of Science and Medicine, Professor John Dwyer.


You may have been one of the millions – either donating or taking part – in the ice-bucket challenge to help research into what is either known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Motor Neurone Disease (MND). It’s a condition that continues to need support for research and more, now and into the future.

At the end of last year, Tim Minchin and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra came together to perform Neil Finn’s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ to help raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Australia. But there is more to the performance than you might expect:

I spoke to Dr Kirsten Harley about The Fading Symphony. Find out more and donate to hear the music and help the cause at https://thefadingsymphony.com


Tremendous thanks to the radio station RTRFM, where the first interview aired previously, especially producer Peter Barr.

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Theme songs “Cosgrove” by Pogo, from http://pogomix.net and “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of www.miltonmermikides.com. Additional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at jukedeck.com

This episode is brought to you with thanks to Patreon supporters – they include: Steven, Andrew, Dr T, Paul, Gerry, Josh, Linley, Gold, Iggy, Lukas, Finch and Andrew.

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