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

Episode #022, feat. Sanal Edamaruku

Sanal EdamarukuAlong with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Sanal Edamaruku, founder, president and editor of Rationalist International, author of 25 books and many articles related to rationalism, skepticism and the debunking of dubious claims. He’s a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and other organisations. Also, he was the chief organiser of the 2016 Rationalist International Conference in Tallin, Estonia.
 
(Photo was taken in Helsinki by Robert Brotherus and was used under CC BY-SA 3.0 license)
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Sanal Edamaruku; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:11:06
Events in Europe
00:20:49
Interview with Sanal Edamaruku
01:34:40
Farewell
 
01:37:16
Outro
 
01:38:31
Out-takes

Episode #021, feat. Marit M. Simonsen

 
Marit M SimonsenOn this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, along with an interview, featuring Norwegian blogger, podcaster, science educator and skeptical activist, Marit M. Simonsen, who’s also the former president of the Norwegian skeptic society Skepsis. She’s often referred to as “The Queen of Norwegian Skepticism”.
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Listener feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Interview with Marit M. Simonsen; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:23
Greetings & feedback
00:07:19
On This Day: 20th April
Thomas Henry Huxley (Born 4th May 1825) aka “Darwin’s Bulldog”
00:17:18
What’s on in Europe?
00:24:31
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Aphrodisiac banned by Hungarian authorities
  2. Doubtful News goes on an indefinite hiatus
  3. ComCept writing an open letter to Visao
00:33:44
Interview with Marit M. Simonsen
01:07:15
Logical Fallacies – False dilemma
01:12:11
Really Wrong: The Telegraph for bad reporting on the topic of the health effects of eating chocolate
01:17:34
Quote
“Science knows no country because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.”
/Louis Pasteur/
 
01:23:57
Outro
 
01:25:13
Out-takes

Episode #020, feat. Chris Peters from Sense About Science

Chris PetersAlong with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Chris Peters, the scientific affairs manager at Sense About Science, the UK-based non-profit organisation behind such campaigns as ‘Ask for Evidence’ and ‘Libel Reform’, the ‘Plant Science’ and ‘Energy Online Expert’ panels, as well as the international ‘AllTrials’ campaign.
 
(Photo was taken at the 16th European Skeptics Congress in London, 2015)
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Chris Peters; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:11:58
Events in Europe
00:18:20
Interview with Chris Peters, the scientific affairs manager at Sense About Science.
01:02:42
Farewell
 
01:04:40
Outro
 
01:05:55
Out-takes

Episode #019, feat. Dr Julia Offe

 

Julia OffeOn this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, along with an interview, featuring Dr Julia Offe, board member of the German skeptical organisation GWUP (Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences), head of Hamburg Skeptics, founder of Hamburg Skeptics in the Pub and Science Slam, as well as one of the organisers of SkepKon. 
 
Segments:
Intro; Greetings & feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Interview with Dr. Julia Offe; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:27
Greetings & feedback
00:19:53
On This Day: 20th April
Adolf Hitler (born 20 April 1889) 
00:33:50
What’s on in Europe?
00:42:54
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Italian doctor fighting anti-vaxxers
  2. Graphology expelled from court rooms in Hungary
  3. An electromagnetic sensitivity case in Sweden
  4. EU ruling that might have a devastating effect on health care
00:55:08
Interview with Dr. Julia Offe
01:11:38
Logical Fallacies – Ad hominem argument
01:16:11
Really Wrong: To the ‘Association of Catholic Doctors’, believers in religious nonsense, claiming to treat something that is not a disease, with something that is not medicine.
01:21:39
Quote
“Because a fact seems strange to you, you conclude that it is not one. … All science, however, commences by being strange. Science is successive. It goes from one wonder to another. It mounts by a ladder. The science of to-day would seem extravagant to the science of a former time. Ptolemy would believe Newton mad.”
/Victor Hugo, French novelist/
 
 
01:23:57
Outro
 
01:25:13
Out-takes