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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.

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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

  • 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.

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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 #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

Episode #075

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This week’s episode brings you a lot of news and interesting topics from the world of skepticism across Europe.
Firstly, please, consider helping Hayley Stevens raise money to help others attend QED 2017. Then listen to what we have to say about the Charity Commissions consultations, Evidence Matters EU, Pontus being acquainted to someone with the potential to become pope one day, a fishy vaccine study that circulates widely, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales fighting fake news in his own way, All Trials getting more momentum with major sponsors of clinical trials joining their cause, a follow-up on the Kevin case, the Turkish government’s blocking of Wikipedia over claims of terrorist links, Natalie Grams and Homeopathy Information Network to receive Wikipedia pages, Academia being under attack by Hungarian government and a silly study on female homosexuality.

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. Hayley Stevens’ initiative to make free tickets available to QED for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.
  2. Civil Society: Hundreds of health charities should be removed, regulator told
  3. Evidence Matters EU
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:19:02
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (born on 22nd May 1859).

00:26:08
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Vaccine study showing neurological harm to vaccinated children?
  2. INTERNATIONAL: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches a large-scale attack on fake news
  3. INTERNATIONAL: All Trials update
  4. SWEDEN: Follow-up on the Kevin case
  5. TURKEY: Turkish government blocks Wikipedia in the country over allegations about terrorist links
  6. GERMANY: Natalie Grams and INH now have a Wikipedia page
  7. HUNGARY: Academia under fire by government

00:57:49
Really Wrong
Stupid study about female homosexuality

01:03:53
Skeptical Ads

01:04:31
Quote

“You’ll often hear the phrase “science doesn’t know everything.” Well, of course it doesn’t know everything. But just because science doesn’t know everything doesn’t mean that it knows nothing”
/Stephen Fry, English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist/

01:06:43
Outro

01:07:58
Out-takes

Episode #074, feat. Teddy Winroth

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Teddy Winroth

On Episode #074 we interview Teddy Winroth, Swedish psychologist and criminologist, concerning a legal scandal regarding several murder cases in Sweden (Sture Bergwall and the ‘Kevin’ case).

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Teddy Winroth; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:31
Greetings & feedback

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

00:02:52
Interview with Teddy Winroth

00:46:23
Farewell

00:49:43
Outro

00:50:58
Out-takes

Episode #073

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This week brings you a segment on Florence Nightingale, events across Europe and skeptical news including the latest success story of the Good Thinking Society with getting eBay to remove a dangerous product (Black Salve) from their listings, climate targets not being taken seriously, annual prizes awarded by ARP-SAPC in Spain, Spanish skeptical events mounting to 600 since 2010, the UK foreign secretary making false claims, German podcast award for Schlaulicht and a new skeptical podcast on the market in Germany called Nachgefragt. Also, Metro in Sweden comes out with a demonstrative issue intentionally full of fake news, Hungarian family and their naturopath sentenced to prison for killing an infant out of carelessness, Stephen Fry and his blasphemy case in Ireland and Fiona O’Leary fighting against antivaccination nonsense in the form of a demonstration at the screening of Vaxxed.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

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. Our previous interview with Liubomir Baburov
  2. The Ratio 2017 event on Facebook
  3. The webpage of Ratio
  4. CICAPFest website

00:15:52
This Week in Skepticism
Florence Nightingale (born 12 May 1820): Florence Nightingale – Nurse – Biography.com

00:19:57
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: eBay removes Black Salve from their listings after Good Thinking Society’s investigation
  2. INTERNATIONAL: Countries not taking the 2 degree climate target seriously
  3. SPAIN: Two annual prizes awarded at the last general assembly of ARP-SAPC
  4. SPAIN: 600 events since 2010 in Spain for science and reason tracked
  5. UK: UK Foreign Secretary’s false claims
  6. GERMANY: A new skeptical podcast
  7. GERMANY: Podcast award given to “Schlaulicht (Smart Light)” (in German)
  8. SWEDEN: Metro first page on 3 May intentionally full of Fake News
  9. HUNGARY: Hungarian family and naturopath sentenced to prison for causing death of child
  10. IRELAND: Stephen Fry faces blasphemy probe after God comments
  11. IRELAND: Fiona O’Leary and their protest against the screening of Vaxxed

00:49:49
Really Wrong
The EU about GMO tomatoes

00:57:14
Skeptical Ads

00:59:14
Quote

“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.”
/Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher/

01:01:24
Outro

01:02:39
Out-takes

Episode #072, feat. Alan Henness

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Alan Henness

On this episode we interview Alan Henness, co-director of The Nightingale Collaboration, a UK-based group focusing on questionable claims in healthcare.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Alan Henness; 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.

0003:53
Interview with Alan Henness

00:50:04
Farewell

00:54:14
Outro

00:55:29
Out-takes