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, AllTrials and muc 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

Episode #047, feat. Edinburgh Skeptics & QED

 
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including 1023 in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany, Edzard Ernst’s new book, The Golden Board 2016 Awards in Germany, unlicensed blood drug for sale, Hungarian cancer, “bishop” convicted for selling MMS in Ireland, Finnish Trump-game, CICAP’s telepathy test makes it to the news, the Good Thinking Society’s first maths project starts and the governing Polish party is Really Wrong.
Also featuring a report from QED 2016 as well as an interview with Edinburgh Skeptics.
 
Segments
ntro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; QED report; Really Wrong; Interview with Edinburgh Skeptics; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:10:13
On This Day: 7th November
Marie Skłodowska Curie (born 7 November 1867)
00:16:00
What’s on in Europe?
00:21:41
Hot in Europe
  1. Unlicensed drug for sale
  2. TV Star “professor” in court
  3. “Bishop” convicted for selling MMS
  4. Trump-game to teach children for critical thinking in Finland
  5. Telepathy test conducted by CICAP in the Italian Focus Magazine
  6. The Good Thinking Society’s first Maths project
00:45:09
QED-report:
  1. Ryan Harding (UK), Walkiria Nubes (Mexico) – GSoW
  2. Andreas Kyriacou (Switzerland, Chairman of the Swiss Rationalists)
  3. Vlad Luca (Romania)
00:51:04
Really Wrong
 
00:56:41
Interview with Edinburgh Skeptics (Mark Pentler and Sean Slater)
01:11:06
Quote
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” /Aristotle, Greek philosopher, 384-322 BC)
 
01:12:23
Outro
 
01:13:38
Out-takes
 

Episode #046, feat. Simon Singh

Simon Singh
Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with science educator, author, journalist and founder of the Good Thinking Society, Simon Singh. You can also listen to two short interviews (with Andrea Cardinale from Italy and Leon Korteweg from the Netherlands) recorded at QED – Question. Explore. Discover. in the middle of October.
(Photo taken by Richardc39 and is used under CC BY-SA 3.0 license).
 
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Short interviews from QED; Interview with Simon Singh; Outro
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
 
00:06:37
Events in Europe
00:12:50
QED interviews (Andrea Cardinale, Leon Korteweg)
00:20:20
Interview with Simon Singh
00:57:47
Farewell
 
00:59:09
Outro
 
01:00:24
Out-takes

Episode 045 – QED special

 
This show is a special QED & Skepticamp report combined with some of the usual segments featured on odd-numbered episodes. We talked about the highlights of this wonderful festival of rationalism in Manchester, as well as listed the upcoming events in Europe, as usual.
You can also listen to some of the short interviews and testimonials we recorded at QED – Question. Explore. Discover.
 
Segments
Introduction and greetings; On This Day; Events in Europe; Interviews and testimonials from QED; Quote; Outro
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:12:51
On This Day: 24th Oct
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (born 24 October 1611)
00:19:41
What’s on in Europe?
00:25:33
QED interviews
  1. Dr Susie Gage – “Say Why to Drugs” – Winner of the Ockham’s Award in the Podcast category
  2. Steve Malone from Ireland
  3. Chris Higgins, organiser of Skepticamp 2016
  4. Vera de Kok, Matt Parker
  5. Michael Marshall (Marsh)
00:48:51
Quote
“Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory – let the theory go.” /Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, English crime novelist/
 
00:51:07
Outro
 
00:52:22
Out-takes
 

Episode #044, feat. Claus Larsen

Claus Larsen
We recorded this show at QED – Question. Explore. Discover. in Manchester, UK. Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with Claus Larsen, editor of Skeptic Report and member of Skeptica, the Danish group of skeptics.
 
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Claus Larsen; Outro
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:05:06
Events in Europe
00:11:28
Interview with Claus Larsen
00:55:47
Farewell
 
00:57:43
Outro
 
00:58:58
Out-takes

Episode #042+1

 

TheESP hosts
On this episode, you’ll find news, events and interesting topics, including QED, Rosetta, ComCept officially instituted, ECSO website launched, The Good Thinking Society winning another battle, Spanish pharmacists taking action against selling homeopathy, Swedish people leaving church, BBC report revealing shocking training for autistic people, ‘My Scientology Movie’ not screening in Ireland and the Swedish Democrat Party pushing for equality of Medicine and CAM. 
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Really Wrong; Announcements; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:10:14
On This Day: 10th Oct
Sir John Simon (born 10 Oct 1816)
 
00:12:46
What’s on in Europe?
00:24:00
What’s Hot in Europe?
  1. Another NHS CCG to stop funding homeopathy
  2. Homeopaths in the UK to follow strict advertising guidelines
  3. Pharmacists in Spain protesting against the selling of homeopathic products in pharmacies
  4. Swedish church losing followers
  5. Hungarian guy claimst to be able to “train people” out of autism
  6. My Scientology Movie not to be released in Ireland
00:48:26
Really Wrong: Swedish Democrat party moves to equate Alternative medicine with Conventional medicine
00:53:49
Quote
“A great truth wants to be criticized not idolized”
/Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher/
 
00:55:07
Outro
 
00:56:22
Out-takes

Episode #042, feat. Natalie Grams

Natalie Grams
Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with ex homeopath Dr Natalie Grams, who’s the founder and leader of the Homeopathy Information Network in Germany.
 
 
Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Interview with Natalie Grams; Outro
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
  
00:00:26
Introduction and greetings
00:05:28
Events in Europe
00:09:23
Interview with Natalie Grams
00:59:34
Farewell
 
01:01:42
Outro
 
01:02:57
Out-takes