Episode #057

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With minor changes having taken effect in the segments of our podcast, here we are with a new episode on which we talked about an Italian psychic, Facebook taking on fake news, Science Busters releasing the video featuring James Randi, Wikipedia vs Acupuncturist, Swedish skeptical awards announced and Retraction Watch having had a great year!

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:36
Greetings & feedback

00:05:22
This Week in Skepticism
21st January 1854 – Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritualist physical medium.

00:17:54
Skeptical News

  1. Facebook Takes on Fake News
  2. Science Buster Spezial: James Randi and the Heinz Oberhummer Award 2016
  3. Wikipedia vs Acupuncturist
  4. Swedish Skeptics announce yearly awards
  5. Retraction Watch year-end review

00:42:25
Logical Fallacy: Tokenism

00:48:37
Really Wrong
Swedish Democrats denying climate change

00:59:28
Radio Spots

01:00:57
Quote
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.”
/Nikola Tesla – Serbian-American inventor, engineer/

01:01:27
Outro

01:02:42
Out-takes

Episode #056, feat. Richard Saunders

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Richard Saunders

(The photo was taken by Susan Gerbic at the New Zealand Skeptic conference in 2016 and is used under CC BY-SA 4.0 licence)

This week we interview Richard Saunders, international podcaster and skeptical activist from Australia. We also present some changes to the format of the show based on the listener survey.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Richard Saunders; Goodbye; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings & feedback
Skeptic Events Calendar

00:07:41
Interview with Richard Saunders

00:36:29
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

00:37:21
Farewell

00:38:12
Outro

00:39:27
Out-takes

Episode #055

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Jelena and Pontus take over while András is off to Italy for the week. We talk about a planet that was not there, access to scientific journals, religion in the Netherlands, the new Ebola vaccine, IT power consumption and how it is the season for detox scams. Plus the Sunk-cost fallacy and why Greenpeace is really wrong about GMO.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s On in Europe?; What’s Hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings & feedback

00:07:48
On This Day: 2nd January
2 January 1860 – The French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences) announced the discovery of the planet Vulcan, orbiting between Mercury and the Sun. Later the planet turned out not to exist.

00:14:47
What’s on in Europe?
Check out our “Events in Europe” calendar!

00:16:31
Hot in Europe

      1. Thousands of German researchers set to lose access to Elsevier journals
      2. 50% officially not religious in the Netherlands
      3. Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use
      4. New studies show world IT is consuming less power
      5. Have yourself a merry little detox

00:37:43
Logical Fallacy: Sunk-Cost Fallacy

00:41:01
Really Wrong
Greenpeace for their position on GMO

00:49:02
Quote
“The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”
/Leonardo da Vinci/

00:50:42
Outro

00:51:55
Out-takes

Episode #054 – Christmas

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This is a Christmas-themed episode with even a few events to talk about. Check it out!

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; What’s On In Europe?

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

00:09:16
What’s On In Europe?

00:52:41
Really Wrong
AI vs people in writing Christmas songs and poems
Artificial Intelligence Christmas song by University of Toronto

00:20:27
True or False?

00:33:07
Quote

00:35:14
Outro

00:36:30
Out-takes

Episode #053

 


TheESP hosts

This time we talk events, quacks, Christmas, the PISA test, how skeptics sometimes get it wrong, how widespread the belief in alternative medicine is in Hungary and so much more.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Really Wrong; Quote 

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:04:33
On This Day: 19th December
19th December 1956 – John Bodkin Adams is arrested in connection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 patients.
00:11:09
What’s on in Europe?
00:14:30
Hot in Europe
  1. PISA 2015 results
  2. When skeptics get it wrong
  3. Opinion poll on the acceptance of alternative medicine in Hungary
00:52:41
Really Wrong
“Access Consciousness”
Really Right
The Viral Monitor (“Viralgranskaren”)
 
01:03:33
Quote
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
/Charles Darwin: The Descent of Man/
 
01:05:42
Outro
 
01:06:57
Out-takes

 

 

 

Episode #052

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This is a shorter episode with no long interview, but 3 shorter ones, along with the usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week.
The last run of QED reports is featured on this episode (with Lukasz Sobala, Catherine de Jong and Ralf Neugebauer) and Pontus recorded a short interview with Louise Hansare at Malmö Skeptics in the Pub, talking about sniffer dogs and how much their abilities are exaggerated.
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Short interviews from QED; Short interview with Louise Hansare; Outro
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:07:00
Events in Europe
00:13:21
QED interviews
  • Lukasz Sobala from Poland
  • Catherine de Jong from the Netherlands
  • Ralf Neugebauer from Germany
00:19:26
Interview with Louise Hansare about sniffer dogs
00:30:50
Farewell
00:32:02
Outro
 
00:33:17
Out-takes

Episode #051

 
This time our team is joined by foreign liaison of the Czech Skeptics Club Sisyfos, Claire Klingenberg who talks about the 17th European Skeptics Congress. Then we talk events, quacks, UFOs, OpenTrialsFDA, Santa and much more. Also, our next QED-report features science educator and host of Talk Nerdy and the SGU, Cara Santa Maria.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; QED report; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:14:35
On This Day: 5th December 1952 
The Great Smog of London
00:19:23
What’s on in Europe?
00:24:43
Hot in Europe
  1. The “Viral Monitor”
  2. Don’t tell children Santa exists?
  3. Society of Homeopaths to challenge the Advertising Standards Authority
  4. Death by acupuncture in Norway
  5. UFO hoax – alien invasion of Turkey (and other places)
  6. OpenTrialsFDA finalist for the Open Science Prize
00:57:15
QED-report – Cara Santa Maria
01:14:06
Really Wrong
Chinese “healer” Xiao Hongchi charged for manslaughter in the UK
 
01:21:36
Quote
“In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.
/Mary Shelley, English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein/
 
01:23:00
Outro
 
01:24:14
Out-takes

 

 

Episode #050, feat. Britt Hermes

Britt Marie Hermes

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with former naturopath Britt Hermes who recently received the 2016 Ockham’s Award in the best blog category. You can also listen to two short interviews (with Bruno Van de Casteele from Belgium and Erno and Tommi from Finland) recorded at QED – Question. Explore. Discover. in the middle of October.

Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Short interviews from QED; Interview with Britt Hermes; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Introduction and greetings

00:06:50
Events in Europe

00:15:07
QED interviews
00:25:11
Interview with Britt Marie Hermes
01:19:10
Farewell
ESP – Online survey01:21:40
Outro
 
01:22:55
Out-takes

Episode #049

 
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including Skepsis, the Norwegian skeptical organisation revitalised, the status of homeopathy in the Czech Republic, AllTrials starts TrialsTracker, an automated tool to find unpublished trials, a German university to offer a homeopathy course, James Randi receives the first Oberhummer Prize in Vienna, CICAP launches the next Mystery Investigator Course in Padova and El Esceptico Nr. 45 is out of the print. Also featuring a report from QED 2016 with Eran Segev from the Australian Skeptics as well as Diana Barbosa and Joao Monteiro from ComCept, the Portugese Skeptic Community.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; QED report; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:10:41
On This Day: 21st November 
François-Marie Arouet AKA Voltaire (born 21st Novembr 1694)
00:14:34
What’s on in Europe?
00:25:09
Hot in Europe
  1. Norwegian Skeptics to revitalize their organization (Skepsis)
  2. Homeopathy in the Czech Republic
  3. AllTrials launches TrialsTracker
  4. German medical school offers course on Homeopathy
  5. James Randi to receive Science prize in Vienna on 24 November
  6. CICAP opens new “Mystery Investigators” course for applications
00:46:54
QED-report:
  1. Interview with Eran Segev, president of Australian Skeptics Inc.
  2. Diana Barbosa and Joao Monteiro from ComCept (Portugal)
01:03:33
Really Wrong
Davide Vannoni, Italian stem cell quack
01:09:05
Quote
“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it”
/Joseph Joubert, French moralist and essayist/
 
01:12:00
Outro
 
01:13:11
Out-takes

Episode #048, feat. Prof. Chris French

Professor Chris French
Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with parapsychology professor Chris French. You can also listen to three short interviews (with Kash Farooq from the UK, Clair Klingenberg & Jakub Kroulik from the Czech Republic and Frauke from Germany) recorded at QED – Question. Explore. Discover. in the middle of October.
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Short interviews from QED; Interview with Chris French; Outro
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
 
00:04:15
Events in Europe
00:12:58
QED interviews (Kash Farooq – UK, Claire Klingenberg & Jakub Kruolik – Czech Republic, Frauke – Germany)
00:24:04
Interview with Professor Chris French
01:11:33
Farewell
 
01:12:46
Outro
 
01:14:01
Out-takes