Episode #041

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including Nessie, Bayer buying Monsanto, the European Skeptics Congress Facebook page launched, as well as Paul VI’s legacy, the Good Thinking Society pushing the Charity Commission, a surgeon attempting to perform a head transplant, the UN calling for transparency of clinical trials, an atheistic campaign that hit Denmarks national church, the false hope of the Hufeland Klinik, a Swedish ghost hunting TV show in violation of regulations and ear candling promoted by a UK quack. 
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Announcements; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:08:05
On This Day: 26th Sept
Pope Paul VI (Born 26th Sept 1897)
 
00:15:55
What’s on in Europe?
00:25:02
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Charity Commission of the UK to review alternative health charities as a result of the Good Thinking Society filing complaints
  2. Italian doctor to perform first head transplant?
  3. AllTrials: UN calls for global action on clinical trial transparency
  4. Atheistic Campaign hits Danish national church
  5. Doubtful News: The false hope of the Hufeland Klinik
  6. Swedish ghost hunting TV show repeatedly in violation of broadcasting regulations
00:52:09
Logical Fallacies – Nirvana Fallacy
00:55:20
Really Wrong: Famous UK TV doctor recommends ear candling
01:01:17
Announcements:
Two Books for skeptics in German:
Sense About Science:
01:05:13
Quote
“Doing what little one can to increase the general stock of knowledge is as respectable an object of life, as one can in any likelihood pursue” /Charles Darwin/
 
01:07:38
Outro
 
01:08:53
Out-takes

Episode #040, feat. Isil Arican

Isil Arican
Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with skeptical blogger, podcaster and science educator Isil Arican, who’s the founder of the Turkish educational website Yalansavar.
 
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Isil Arican; Outro
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:05:46
Events in Europe
00:11:22
Interview with Isil Arican
00:52:49
Farewell
 
00:53:47
Outro
 
00:55:02
Out-takes

Episode #039

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including Mother Theresa, Susan Gerbic and GSoW, John Needham and the theory of spontaneous generation, the European Congress for Homeopathy, a new 10:23 international campaign, why experts get it wrong through false memories, Hamer’s New Germanic Medicine has yet another victim, news around ARP-SAPC, Scientology in Swedish schools, Norway’s national church loses 25k members, legal name fraud in the UK and Hungarian fitness guru criticised for sharing bogus claims with a million followers. Also, Russia gets the Really Wrong price this time for arresting a youtuber for playing Pokemon Go in a church. Plus we have two short interviews that Andras recorded at Sziget Festival in Budapest. 
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacies; Report from Sziget Festival 2016; Really Wrong; Announcements; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:09:17
On This Day: 10th Sept
English naturalist John Needham (born 10 Sept 1713)
http://www.famousscientists.org/john-needham/
 
00:16:52
What’s on in Europe?
00:27:58
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Why experts get it wrong: being knowledgeable about a subject implants false memories
  2. Current activities of Spanish skeptics
  3. Scientology material used in Swedish national schools
  4. Yet another death by Hamer’s quackery – this time in Switzerland
  5. Norway’s national church loses 25,000+ members after new online system makes it easier to leave
  6. The mystery of the ‘legal name fraud’ billboards
  7. Hungarian fitness guru with a million followers spreads false claims about eating lemons and sodium bicarbonate
01:05:54
Logical Fallacies – Moving the goalposts fallacy
01:08:49
Report from Sziget Festival 2016 from Budapest (Hungarian Skeptic Society)
01:18:34
Really Wrong: Russia – Youtuber in Russia arrested for playing Pokemon Go in a Church
01:24:58
Announcement: Nominations for the Goldene Brett presented by the Vienna Skeptics’ are open.
01:26:05
Quote
“The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.” /Baruch Spinoza Dutch/Portuguese philosopher/
 
01:27:23
Outro
 
01:28:38
Out-takes

 

Episode #038, feat. Ovidiu Covaciu

Ovidiu Covaciu
Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with skeptical blogger and podcaster Ovidiu Covaciu, founder and president of the Romanian Rationalist Society and host of the long-running podcast Skeptics in Romania. We talked homeopathy, cancer quacks, pre- vs post-Sagan age and a lot more.
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Ovidiu Covaciu; Outro
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:27
Introduction and greetings
 
00:07:17
Events in Europe
00:17:50
Interview with Ovidiu Covaciu
01:10:48
Farewell
 
01:14:20
Outro
 
01:15:35
Out-takes

Episode #037

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including cupping on Wikipedia, a poltergeist in Glasgow, a new tool for understanding health research and anthroposophy schools to face end in Sweden. We also had Brian Eggo on as a guest to sit in for Jelena, who was out camping.
 
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
00:06:19
On This Day: 26th Aug
Antoine Lavoisier (born 26th Aug 1743)
00:10:33
What’s on in Europe?
00:15:15
What’s Hot in Europe?
00:39:45
Logical Fallacies – Argument from Ignorance
00:43:27
Really Wrong: Irish politician refers to Noah’s flood as “fact”
00:46:15
Quote
“When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities.”
/David Hume, Scottish philosopher/
 
00:48:36
Outro
 
00:49:51
Out-takes
 
 
 

 

Episode #036, feat. Fiona O’Leary

Fiona O'Leary
Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Fiona O’Leary, founder of Autistic Rights Together (ART).
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Fiona O’Leary; Outro
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:06:22
Events in Europe
00:14:03
Interview with Fiona O’Leary
01:04:48
Farewell
01:07:49
Outro
 
01:09:04
Out-takes

Episode #035

 


TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including QED, cupping and ways to win at the Olympic Games, ART and the need to support Fiona O’Leary against the movie “Vaxxed” as well as the victims of playing Pokémon GO across the world. Also, we received a great photo from Poland showing Exorcism monthly.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Announcements; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:15:05
On This Day: 12th July
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, “ONE EXTRA LARGE MEDIUM
(Russian: Еле́на Петро́вна Блава́тская, Yelena Petrovna Blavatskaya; 12 August [O.S. 31 July] 1831 – 8 May 1891)
 
00:22:19
What’s on in Europe?
00:25:57

What’s Hot in Europe?

  1. Brexit vote and its effects on health regulations
  2. Three dead after treatment at alternative cancer clinic
  3. Alternative treatment didn’t work for Ansbach suicide-bomber
  4. The pope thinks schools promote gender changes to children to promote book sales
  5. Homeopathic mattresses 
  6. Facebook to get rid of click baits
00:41:03
Logical Fallacies – Post hoc ergo propter hoc
00:46:06
Really Wrong: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for publishing an article in support of homeopathy on their science pages 
00:53:34
Announcements
00:58:17
Quote
“Progress is made by trial and failure; the failures are generally a hundred times more numerous than the successes; yet they are usually left unchronicled.”
/William Ramsay/
 
00:59:19
Outro
 
01:00:34
Out-takes
 
 

 

Episode #034, feat. Deborah Hyde

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with folklorist and cultural anthropologist Deborah Hyde, Editor-in-chief of the UK magazine ‘The Skeptic’.
(Photo taken by Rob McDermott at QED 2014 and is used under CC BY-SA 4.0 license)
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Deborah Hyde; Outro
  
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:07:08
Events in Europe
00:20:00
Interview with Deborah Hyde
01:01:50
Farewell
 
01:02:50
Outro
 
01:04:05
Out-takes

Episode #033, feat. Penny Lane

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including Pokémon Go, The Good Thinking Society vs the BBC, banners to indicate retraction in scientific papers, a guy jailed for insulting the Dutch King, scapegoating and the state of exorcism across Europe. Also, we have an interview with Penny Lane, producer and filmmaker whose film ‘Nuts!’ is a must for all skeptics.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Interview with Penny Lane; Logical Fallacies; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:08:11
On This Day: 29th July
Eduard Brückner (29 July 1862 – 20 May 1927) was a German geographer, meteorologist, glaciologist and climate scientist.
 
00:14:27
What’s on in Europe?
00:20:57
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. The Good Thinking Society vs the BBC
  2. Makers of ‘Vaxxed’ threatening law suit against critics
  3. PubMed trying a new method to flag retractions
  4. 30 days in jail for insulting the King?
00:33:44
Interview with Penny Lane about her movie ‘Nuts’
00:54:01
Logical Fallacies – Scapegoating
00:58:28
Really Wrong: Exorcism across Europe
01:15:54
Quote
“For me, I think the greatest achievement of science is to allow humanity to realize that our world is comprehensible. Through science, rational thinking, we can understand how the universe works.”
/Jim Al-Khalili, British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster/
 
01:16:49
Outro
 
01:18:04
Out-takes
 
 

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