Episode #085, feat. Leo Igwe

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This week Pontus and Jelena talks about news and have an interview with the humanist Leo Igwe, speaker at the upcoming European Skeptcis Congress in Poland. Nicola Throp of the Measeyside Skeptics also comes on to tell us all about QED in Manchester in October.

Leo Igwe is a skeptic and a Nigerian human rights advocate who has played leading roles in the Nigerian Humanist Movement, Atheist Alliance International and the Center For Inquiry – Nigeria. For many years he represented IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union) at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and generally in Western and Southern Africa. He specialized in campaigning against child witchcraft accusations and have researched this topic at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

In the news segments we revisit an old Really Wrong winner who is now being extradited to Australia, GWUP warns about a German fake news site and in Ireland, the falling HPV vaccination rates will lead to an increase in cervical cancer.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback with Nicola Throp; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Interview with Leo Igwe; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback with Nicola Throp

  • To find out more about QED and to sign up go to qedcon.org
  • Check out our calendar page for skeptical events in Europe

00:09:01
This Week in Skepticism
The Lakenheath-Bentwaters Incident

00:15:15
Skeptical News

  1. UK: Xiao Hongchi to be sent to Australia for criminal investigation
  2. GERMANY: Fake news site
  3. IRELAND: HSE Ireland is concerned about low HPV vaccination rates in the UK

00:25:12
Interview with Leo Igwe

00:56:56
Skeptical Ads

00:58:32
Really Right:

The Edinburgh Skeptics for organising Skeptics on the Fringe

01:01:22
Quote:
“In order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life, to doubt, as far as possible, of all things”
/René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician and scientist/

01:02:34
Outro

01:03:49
Out-takes

Episode #084, feat. Holm Gero Hümmler

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Our guest on this episode was Holm Gero Hümmler, nuclear physicist, management consultant and author of the book ‘Relativer Quantenquark’. He blogs at quantenquark.com and he is one of the speakers on the upcoming 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland in September. We discuss how ‘relativity’ and ‘quantum’ and other scientific words are misused by charlatans and the importance of proper science communication.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Holm Gero Hümmler; Farewell; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback

Please support The Good Thinking Society by replying to the NHS consultation about ending homeopathy prescriptions!

The Swedish Skeptics (VoF) have extended their offering to their members until 10 August to win 15 free tickets for the 17th European Skeptics Congress. Membership open also to non-Swedes! Find out about the details here (Swedish only), or go to the form directly (in Swedish and English).

Please visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism.

00:02:45
Interview with Holm Gero Hümmler

00:31:51
Farewell

00:32:03
Outro

00:33:18
Outtakes

Episode #083

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This week Pontus and András are joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Jelena while she’s on a European motorbike trip.
We talked about Karl Popper’s philosophical system of scientific discovery, how much of what we think of suicide is actually true, why simplicity is not the ultimate goal in understanding science, how the Tories in the UK just sent a crackpot to the EP, why news regarding the dangers of chemotherapy are probably untrue, how much of the Italian demonstrations against the new vaccination strategies are exaggerated and why caution is required when talking about new research on the Shroud of Turin.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  • If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.
  • Don’t forget to cast your vote before 31st July for the John Maddox Prize 2017 for standing up for science.

00:14:19
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Karl R. Popper (Born 28th July 1902 in Vienna) Philosopher of Science

00:18:52
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Myths about suicide
  2. SPAIN: New book recommended by Spanish Skeptics
  3. UK: New Tory MEP a crackpot?
  4. INTERNATIONAL: Is chemotherapy really proven to help cancer spread in your body? (Not)
  5. ITALY: Demonstration attendance numbers against new Italian vaccine regulations exaggerated
  6. ITALY: New research concerning the Shroud of Turin?

00:57:02
Really Wrong:

The Catholic Church for abusing children

01:03:41
Skeptical Ads

01:06:13
Quote

“Science is always simple and always profound. It is only the half-truths that are dangerous.”

/George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright in ‘The Doctor’s Dilemma’/

01:07:10
Outro

01:08:24
Out-takes

Episode #082

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Unfortunately, due to all three of us hosts being otherwise engaged, we could not provide you with a show this week. But there are a few things we had to mention. Sorry and hope to have your ears next week when we’re back to normal.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

00:04:38
Outro

Episode #081

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This week Jelena and Andras explore the world of skeptical conferences like CICAPFest, the European Skeptics Congress and Skeptics on the Fringe in Edinburgh.
The Loch Ness Monster, the death of Ryke Geerd Hamer (NGM) are also talked about, as well as another country joining the compulsory vaccination club, cancer quack in action again in Hungary, the Familiarity Backfire Effect revised and evolution forced out of Turkey schools.
Also, don’t forget that nominations for the Maddox Prize 2017 are still open!

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. James Randi officially announced to be a guest at CICAPFest 2017
  2. The 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland
  3. Skeptics on the Fringe in Edinburgh
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:06:00
This Week in Skepticism
The Stuart photograph at Loch Ness (14th July 1951)

00:11:57
Skeptical News

  1. GERMANY: Ryke Geerd Hamer is dead
  2. FRANCE: France to follow fellow European countries in making vaccinations mandatory
  3. HUNGARY: Convicted quack launches TV show
  4. SPAIN: A valuable international skeptic network rarely talked about, yet around for 15 years
  5. INTERNATIONAL: New research reveals the backfire effect might not be that much of a problem
  6. UK: Nominations for the Maddox Prize open until 31st July

00:35:03
Really Wrong:

Turkey for making schools stop teaching evolution

00:39:43
Skeptical Ads

00:41:23
Quote

“Modest doubt is call’d the beacon of the wise.”
/William Shakespeare/

00:43:27
Outro

00:44:42
Out-takes

Episode #080, feat. Diego Fontanive

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Diego Fontanive

On this episode our guest was Diego Fontanive, who’s the founder of the EOF Project (End of Fear) that aims to understand our epistemic acceptances and apply meta-cognition in order to achieve a better understanding of our flaws, memetic choices and ways of getting it all wrong.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Diego Fontanive; Farewell; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

VoF is offering 15 free tickets for the 17th European Skeptics Congress to its members. Find out about the details here (in Swedish only).

Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism.

00:07:13
Interview with Diego Fontanive

01:01:27
Farewell

01:03:21
Outro

Episode #079

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This week we talk about Swedish Skeptics treating their members to 15 tickets to the European Skeptics Congress and how we were interviewed by Skeptical Inquiry before we talk about the famous Oxford Evolution debate. Then we dive into skeptical news around Europe talking about homeopathy being debunked (which does not impress the Homeopathic World Congress), The Good Thinking Society, antivax-sentiments in Italy and Switzerland, mistletoe therapy in Austria, Chinese medicine in Hungary, 30 years of skepticism in Spain, Brian Dunnings new film Principles of Curiosity and how the EU Court of Justice believes science can be ruled on in courts.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. VoF (Swedish Skeptics) to have a ticket lottery for members to the ESC 2017
  2. The ESP interviewed for Skeptical Inquiry
  3. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:07:45
This Week in Skepticism
The Oxford Evolution debate (30th June 1860)

00:17:44
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Homeopathy – no need for further discussion
  2. GERMANY: Homeopathy World Congress in Leipzig
  3. UK: Have your say on NHS homeopathy funding in Enfield
  4. GERMANY: German BPI’s stance on homeopathy
  5. ITALY: People on the streets over mandatory vaccination in Italy?
  6. SWITZERLAND: Vaxxed goes to Switzerland
  7. AUSTRIA: Misteltoe therapy on public health provider in Austria?
  8. HUNGARY: Hungarian government funding the launch of a Traditional Chinese Medicine institution at a prestigious medical university
  9. SPAIN: ARP-SAPC – 30 years of skeptical activism
  10. INTERNATIONAL: Principles of Curiosity is out

00:41:53
Really Wrong:

EU Court of Justice

00:48:14
Skeptical Ads

00:49:30
Quote

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”
/Thomas Henry Huxley, British Biologist/

00:50:32
Outro

00:51:47
Out-takes

Episode #78, feat. Luigi Garlaschelli

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This week’s episode is dedicated to our interview with Italian chemist, skeptic and paranormal investigator Luigi Garlaschelli, who has investigated and debunked many miraculous claims, including weeping Madonnas, stigmata, the blood of San Gennaro and the Shroud of Turin.

Andras also announces a road trip between the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland and CICAPfest2017 in Cesena, Italy in September 2017.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Luigi Garlaschelli; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

Andras announces a European road trip between the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland and CICAPfest2017 in Cesena, Italy in September 2017. Please get in touch if you would like to meet Andras, have him and Susan Gerbic for a talk at the local Skeptic’s in the Pub meeting. Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism. More details to follow.

00:10:31
Interview with Luigi Garlaschelli

00:58:32
Farewell

01:01:46
Outro

01:03:01
Out-takes

Episode #077

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This week we are coming back with our regular segments featuring topics like the 17th European Skeptics Congress, CICAPfest2017, James Randi’s appearances in Europe, the BMJ being infiltrated by quackery, the harm in using homeopathy (for encephalitis), the latest in the fight against the anti-vaccination movement in Germany and Italy, Spanish skeptics launching a course on how to tackle pseudoscience in the information age, Portuguese skeptics launching a book on how not to be fooled, parents killing their son with gluten-free diet and Denmark repealing their blasphemy law.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. The 17th European Skeptics Congress – Register now!
  2. James Randi in Zürich soon!
  3. CICAPfest 2017
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:10:26
This Week in Skepticism
Evelyn Underhill (died on 15th June 1941).

00:17:44
Skeptical News

  1. The BMJ being infiltrated by quackery
  2. ITALY – Italian boy dies after having been treated for encephalits with homeopathy
  3. ITALY – Italy fighting antivaccination with making jabs compulsory
  4. ITALY – Galileo Prize 2017
  5. GERMANY – Germany fights antivaccination
  6. PORTUGAL – New book out by ComCept (Diana and Joao)
  7. BELGIUM – Baby dies because of gluten free diet

00:37:37
Really Right
Blasphemy law repealed in Denmark

00:40:20
Skeptical Ads

00:41:56
Quote

“Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing”
/Victor Hugo, French writer/

00:43:12
Outro

00:44:27
Out-takes

Episode #076, feat. Susan Gerbic

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Susan Gerbic

This week’s episode is dedicated to our latest interview with Susan Gerbic, the Wikipediatrician, who’s the leader of the international project called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. We talked about what’s new, how people can join and help the movement and what public engagements Susan has in the coming months.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Susan Gerbic; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism.

00:11:57
Interview with Susan Gerbic

00:54:29
Farewell

00:55:58

00:56:41
Outro

00:57:56
Out-takes