Episode #032, feat. Brian Eggo

Brian EggiAlong with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Brian Eggo (Eggman), leader of Glasgow Skeptics and organiser of both Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub and the skeptic conference SkeptiCaley.
(Photo by Craig Clements)
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Brian Eggo; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:08:24
Events in Europe
00:16:09
Interview with Brian Eggo
00:48:18
Farewell
00:52:43
Outro
 
00:53:58
Out-takes

Episode #031

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including Brexit, problems with science writing, British veterinarians to call for action against the use of homeopathy & the fallacy of political correctness.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
 
00:04:01
On This Day: 15th July
The end of Spanish Inquisition (1834)
00:09:45
What’s on in Europe?
00:17:22
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Post Brexit problems with funding research in the UK?
  2. Evolutionary forces behind bad science?
  3. Greenpeace called for leaving GMOs alone
  4. Veterinarians in the UK calling for a ban on homeopathy in their practices
00:45:55
Logical Fallacies – Political correctness
00:55:26
Really Wrong: Shaman serves drugs in Swedish summer camp “Inner Evolution Retreat”
01:00:00
Quote
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
/ Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist/
 
01:01:40
Outro
 
01:02:54
Out-takes
 

 

Episode #030, feat. Linda Strand Lundberg

Linda Strand LundbergAlong with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Linda Strand Lundberg, president of the Swedish Skeptics Association (VoF).
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Linda Strand Lundberg; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:27
Introduction and greetings
00:05:29
Events in Europe
00:11:00
Interview with Linda Strand Lundberg
00:44:10
Farewell
 
00:45:53
Outro
 
00:47:08
Out-takes

Episode #029

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including Brexit, Sense About Science to open EU office, NHS Liverpool to stop funding homeopathy and Marko Kovic, president of Skeptiker Schweiz publishes an article on the concept of critical thinking. 
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; True or False?; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:15:46
On This Day: 1st July
The death of Anneliese Michel
00:23:48
What’s on in Europe?
00:30:11
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. NHS Liverpool CCG to stop funding homeopathy
  2. A Generalised definition of critical thinking?
00:33:36
Logical Fallacies – Magical thinking
00:38:14
Really Wrong: Ancient abortion laws in Northern Ireland (challenged)
00:42:39
True or False?
  1. In the early 1900s an American charlatan (who claimed to be a doctor) claimed he could cure impotence, infertility and other sexual problems by surgically implanting goat testicles into men’s scrotum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Brinkley)
  2. In ancient Egypt the contraceptive of choice was crocodile dung. Dried dung was inserted into the vagina, the idea being that it would soften as it reached body temperature to form an impenetrable barrier (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-12540/When-crocodile-dung-contraception.html)
  3. An immunologist of university in New Deli deliberately endured more than 160 self-inflicted snake bites in a bid to become immune to venom and to develop a vaccine against snake bites.
00:53:22
Quote
“The trouble with the world is that stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt”
/Bertrand Russell, British philosopher/
 
00:54:53
Outro
 
00:56:07
Out-takes
 

Episode #028, feat. Claire Klingenberg

Claire KlingenbergAlong with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Claire Klingenberg, foreign liaison for the Czech Skeptics’ Club Sisyfos.
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Claire Klingenberg; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:04:57
Events in Europe
00:09:53
Interview with Claire Klingenberg
00:58:09
Farewell
 
00:59:39
Outro
 
01:00:52
Out-takes

Episode #027

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including Brian Clement touring in Europe, Romanian doctors in trouble and much more.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:24
Greetings & feedback
00:10:34
On This Day: 17th June
Joseph of Cupertino
00:17:44
What’s on in Europe?
00:22:16
What’s Hot in Europe?
00:31:16
Logical Fallacies – Begging the question
00:34:14
Really Wrong: Brian Clement and the Hippocrates Institute for promoting quackery
00:44:56
Quote
“It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.”
/Hilary Mary Mantel, English writer/
 
00:47:26
Outro
 
00:48:02
Out-takes
 

Episode #026, feat. Susan Gerbic

Susan GerbicAlong with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Susan Gerbic aka ‘The Wikipediatrician’, who is the founder and manager of the international project called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW).
 
(Photo was taken by Susan Gerbic and is used under CC BY-SA 4.0 license)
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Susan Gerbic; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:24
Introduction and greetings
00:14:43
Events in Europe
00:28:48
Interview with Susan Gerbic
01:21:12
Farewell
 
01:21:57
Outro
 
01:23:12
Out-takes

Episode #025

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including open access to science journals in Europe, homeopathy in Germany, the state of GMO bans across the continent and pseudoscience in Greece. Also, Pontus reports from Stockholm Skeptics in the Pub, featuring a short interview with vice president of the Swedish Skeptics, Peter Olausson.
 

 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Pontus reports; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:07:27
On This Day: 3rd June
Otto Loewi (3 June 1873 – 25 December 1961) was a German-born pharmacologist and psychobiologist whose discovery of acetylcholine helped enhance medical therapy.
00:12:49
What’s on in Europe?
00:20:02
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Open Access to all scientific research by 2020?
  2. German homeopaths found evidence that homeopathy works?
  3. Call for a review of the European GM ban
  4. Greek PM’s advisor spreads pseudo-medicine
00:52:35
Pontus Reports – Stockholm Skeptics in the Pub
Talking to Peter Olausson, recently appointed vice President of VoF.
00:58:13
Logical Fallacies – Spotlight Fallacy
01:06:50
Really Right: The Swedish Medical Association, for taking a stand against Anthroposophy
01:13:52
Quote
“The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!”
/Brian Cox, British physicist, and Advanced Fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester/
 
01:16:47
Outro
 
01:18:02
Out-takes

Episode #024, feat. Amardeo Sarma

Amardeo SarmaAlong with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Amardeo Sarma, who is the co-founder and chairman of the German Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences (GWUP) and was co-initiator of the umbrella organisation, the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO), where he was chairman between the years 2000 and 2013.
 
(Photo was taken by Leon Korteweg in London and is used under CC BY-SA 4.0 license)
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Amardeo Sarma; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:06:16
Events in Europe
00:09:34
Interview with Amardeo Sarma
00:50:19
Farewell
 
00:51:59
Outro
 
00:53:13
Out-takes

Episode #023

 

On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including trends in the perception of climate change, Prince Charles promoting quackery again and a small infant in Hungary dying of malnutrition with the assistance of quacks.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:24
Greetings & feedback
00:06:23
On This Day: 20th May
Everybody Draw Mohamed Day
00:17:09
What’s on in Europe?
  • Check out our “Events in Europe” calendar!
00:26:56
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Swedish skeptical chiropractor(!) Hanna Brus writes excellent article about EMS
  2. The key to the public understanding of climate change
  3. Court ruling on the case of the death of an infant in Hungary
00:58:18
Logical Fallacies – Strawman Fallacy
01:03:24
Really Wrong: Prince Charles of the United Kingdom for promoting quackery
01:09:04
Quote
“It is not hard to learn more. What is hard is to unlearn when you discover yourself wrong.”
/Martin H. Fischer, German-American physician and writer/
 
01:11:35
Outro
 
01:12:49
Out-takes