TheESP – Ep. #131 – Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe

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On this Episode:

We talk with the fabulous and twice Ockham’s Award winning Edinburgh Skeptics Society!
Heather Pentler and Sean Slater tell us all about the upcoming Skeptics on the Fringe when there will be 23 skeptical events, every day, starting 4 August.
If you have chance, you should go!

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:12: INTRO

00:00:37: Greetings

00:07:35: Interview with Heather Pentler and Sean Slater from Edinburgh Skeptics Society

00:34:01: Farewell

00:37:21: Outro

00:38:36: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #130 – Eugenics, GSoW and the pope solves the crisis in the middle east

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:55 Greetings

This week we bring you stuff to think about like Eugenics, plus news and updates on the Hungarian government’s attack on the freedom of science, GSoW reaching a new level of activism, legislative changes to occur in Germany regarding Heilpraktiker, Humanist weddings getting a green light in Ireland, Facebook shutting down Hungarian fake news sites, homeopaths offering their “solutions” to the problem of antibiotic resistance, nominations open for John Maddox Prize at Sense about Science, CICAPfest tickets now available and how wrong the Daily Mail is for reporting questionable claims of a non existant disease.
Pontus pokes the pope for being silly about his way of solving the crisis in the Middle East

00:06:28 This Week in Skepticism

The Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring in Nazi Germany was made into act on July 14 of 1933, but made active in January 1934

00:17:16 Skeptical News

  • Hungary: Update on the situation with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05526-x
https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/07/03/palkovics_nkfih_palyazat/
https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/07/04/mit_akar_az_mta/

  • Europe: Measles update:

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/ukraine-measles-cases-continue-climb-2nd-diphtheria-case-reported-90867/amp/

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/england-health-officials-advise-mmr-vaccine-europe-travel-measles-count-continues-rise-58059/amp/

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/serbia-measles-update-33-percent-patients-hospitalized-86969/amp/

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-ukraine-12th-death-recorded-13297/amp/ http://outbreaknewstoday.com/france-reports-50-measles-cases-week-2nd-fatality-reported-37482/amp/

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/measles-warning–public-health-1725024

https://edzardernst.com/2018/06/finally-the-german-heilpraktiker-is-going-to-be-reformed/

https://medwatch.de/2018/06/22/zwingende-reformbeduerftigkeit-gesundheitsminister-planen-heilpraktiker-reform/

  • Northern Ireland: Court of Appeal in Belfast rules humanist marriage must be legally recognised

https://humanism.org.uk/2018/06/28/victory-court-of-appeal-in-belfast-rules-humanist-marriage-must-be-legally-recognised/

  • Hungary: Facebook shuts down Hungarian network of six fake news sites

https://index.hu/tech/2018/06/27/hirhedt_magyar_kamuhiroldal-halozatot_lott_le_a_facebook/

http://www.debrecensun.hu/national/2018/06/28/hungarian-fake-news-pages-deleted-by-facebook/

00:49:30 Pontus Pokes the Pope

00:54:05 Really Wrong

01:00:00 Quote

“Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Take your time to decide don’t rush. ”
/Publius Cornelius Tacitus, senator and a historian of the Roman Empire/

01:02:24 Outro

01:03:37 Out-takes

TheESP – EP. #129 – Amina Manzoor

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On this Episode:

We talk to leading science and medical reporter Amina Manzoor at the largest Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN). Amina Manzoor fights the good fight in the media to spread an objective and fair view on health myths, alternative “medicine” and she reports on new scientific studies in a popular way. And it works! The readers are interacting and interested!

Together with her colleague Maria Gunther, Amina recieved the Swedish Skeptics’ “Enlightener of the Year” award for 2016.

Among the topics that comes up are Anti-gluten myths, Chronic Lyme Decease, Fake news, Bad PR and Quacks in Mexico

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: INTRO

00:00:29: Greetings

00:02:32: Interview with Amina Manzoor

00:46:33: Farewell

00:49:49: Outro

00:51:04: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #128 – 50K€ Homeopathy Challenge, News and Climate Therapy

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview with Norbert Aust; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

We comment on Stephen Hawking’s funeral and give a new update on the European statistics for measles (it’s bad).

00:07:10 Short interview with Norbert Aust

We talk to Norbert Aust from the German skeptics (GWUP) and Homeopathy Information Network about their 50K€ Homeopathy Challenge

00:18:43 This Week in Skepticism

James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was a Scottish surgeon and “gentleman scientist”. He was a significant innovator in the treatment of club-foot and an important and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. He is regarded by many as the first genuine “hypnotherapist” and the “Father of Modern Hypnotism”.

00:22:16 Skeptical News

00:40:48 Pontus Pokes the Pope

00:43:05 Really Wrong

00:45:50 Quote

“Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgment upon anything new.”
/ Galileo Galilei, Italian polymath /

00:47:35 Outro

00:48:50 Out-takes

TheESP- Ep. #127 – Annika Merkelbach, SkepKon and GSoW

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On this Episode:

This week we interviewed Annika Merkelbach, who told us what’s new in Germany, how the greatest German skeptical convention SkepKon went and why the country need native speakers to join Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:08: INTRO

00:00:36: Greetings

00:04:44: Interview with Annika Merkelbach

00:41:22: Farewell

00:43:58: Outro

00:45:12: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #126 – Colliding worlds, more measles and Poking the Pope

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong / Really Right; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:29 Greetings

Catching up on our slightly erratic release schedule (only two days after the previous episode!):
Jelena takes over the role of host as András is stuck in a hotel somewhere, with WiFi only slightly better than smoke signals. We talk about TEDx in London, while Dobby the skeptical cat argues that you should become a patron of the show.

00:07:13 This Week in Skepticism

Immanuel Velikovsky (10 Jun. 1895 – 17 Nov. 1979), Russian independent scholar best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision published in 1950.

00:14:10 Skeptical News

00:25:10 Pontus Pokes the Pope

00:28:24 Really Wrong / Really Right

00:33:23 Radio Spot

00:34:18 Quote

“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”
/ David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist /

00:35:35 Outro

00:36:50 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #125 – Pepijn van Erp

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On this Episode:

On this episode we interview Dutch mathematician and skeptical activist Pepijn van Erp to talk about his blog, his work at Stichting Skepsis and the Dutch skeptical magazine Skepter and all the topics that he likes to blog about ranging from Climate Change Denial to Conspiracy Theories.

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:08: INTRO

00:00:36: Greetings

00:02:24: Interview with Pepijn van Erp

00:51:01: Farewell

00:51:26: Outro

00:52:40: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #124 – Full Fact, vaccinations, intravaginal manipulations, Rigvir & plants vs bullies

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

Andras talks about this travels around Europe and meeting old friends; We remind listeners to book QED as tickets are limited (all the evening gala tickets are gone now!); Just a quick philosophical discussion on whether the government should be involved in telling its citizens how to live, what to eat, drink or smoke

00:12:38 This Week in Skepticism

Colin Fry (19 May 1962 – 25 August 2015) was an English television personality, entertainer and self-proclaimed medium. Fry consistently professed his beliefs as a psychic and garnered a following across his career, whilst critics said his capabilities came from cold reading

00:21:00 Skeptical News

Guidelines to achieve more in health:
https://epha.org/joint-statement-europe-lets-do-more-for-health/

Update on the current state of measles – terrible news:
http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-ukraine-cases-among-adults-increase-76961/amp/

New measles outbreak in Spain:
http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-outbreak-reported-tortosa-catalonia-93211/amp/

The Academy urges large scale reforms in education:
https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/05/07/az_akademia_komoly_kritikat_mondott_a_magyar_oktatasugyrol/

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/18/osteopaths-chiropractors-back-pain-whose-spine-is-it-anyway

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/evidence/

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/rigvir-another-unproven-and-highly-dubious-cancer-therapy-to-be-avoided/

https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/05/07/az_ellen_nem_ved/

One of the top universities to shut down:http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/hungarian-scientists-are-edge-country-poised-force-out-top-university

00:59:52 Really Wrong

Really Wrong: IKEA claims plants are hurt if verbally bullied

01:08:44 Quote

“Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist.”
/Lise Meitner – Austrian-Swedish physicist/

01:09:23 Outro

01:10:39 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #123 – Enrico Zabeo

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On this Episode:

This week we interviewed Italian skeptic and podcaster Enrico Zabeo, who’s one of the founders and hosts of Radio CICAP, the official podcast for the Italian skeptical organisation CICAP.

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: INTRO

00:00:35: Greetings

00:04:18: Interview with Enrico Zabeo

00:36:47: Farewell

00:39:55: Outro

00:41:09: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #122 – The Illuminati, vaccination news, exorcism, bad doctors and Factfulness

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

00:07:57 This Week in Skepticism

00:17:10 Skeptical News

00:49:43 Really Wrong

00:53:21 Quote

“The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
/Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles/

00:54:28 Outro

00:55:43 Out-takes