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TheESP – Ep. #123 – Enrico Zabeo

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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.

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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

Episode #120 – Homeopathy Awareness Week, anniversaries, awards and Fact-checking Day

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It was Homeopathy (and Chiropractic) Awareness Week, but wee had a lot of other stuff like anniversaries and awards to talk about on this episode, including 2 years of Information Netzwerk Homeopathie with Natalie Grams, 6 years of both ComCept running skeptical activism in Portugal and Spanish Skeptics running the show Pensando Críticamente.
Also, ComCept just announced their Flying Unicorn Awards, whilst CICAP has announced that there would be a CICAPfest held this year in Padova. In France, physicians appeal to get rid of alternative medicine, and in Italy, Massimo Polidoro recently launched his new video series on YouTube!
Let’s go nuts and follow Virgin Galactic on their journey to space tourism, but don’t forget Mark Zuckerberg’s promises to keep fighting against false information and brainwashing with Facebook.

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Various updates; Updates from around Europe; Quote; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:00: Intro

00:00:27: Greetings

00:02:25: Updates from around Europe

00:40:55: Quote

​”I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke

00:41:56: Outro

00:43:04: Out-takes

Episode #109 – Burzynski, measles, an anti-vaxxer in court and science in the Parliament

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This week we bring you some good news about Britt Hermes’ crowd funding campaign run by the Australian Skeptics, a bit of an update on LSD and what a good trip is then move on to news from Hungary, Sweden, the Ukraine, Spain and Germany with a food supplement producer being fined for false advertisement, a major anti-vaxxer and flat-earther being prosecuted for letting his own child die, measles spreading wildly both in Sweden and in the Ukraine, the launch of a project called “Science in the Parliament” in Spain, the latest issue of Escepticos out now and the first major article on the website of the German Homeopathy Information Network (run by Natalie Grams) released in English.
Well, the Pope has also become a record holder with getting our Really Wrong prize for the third time…

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; The Week in Skepticism; News; Really wrong; Quote; Outro; Outtakes

Show Notes:

00:00:28 Greetings

  • A great success of the Australian Skeptics campaign to help raise fund for Britt Marie Hermes for legal fees after she was being sued for defamation. Initial target is reached however the campaign is still open. Please consider donating here
  • Some feedback on our “on this day segment” from Episode 107 regarding LSD effect

00:08:41 This Week in Skepticism

Burzynski was born on January 23, 1943 in Lublin, Poland. The founder of Burzynski Clinic

00:20:36 Skeptical News

  • HUNGARY: Food supplement producer fined for using fake recommendation from medical association. Article link here
  • SWEDEN: Swedish measles epidemic now reached 28 cases. Article link here
  • UKRAINE: Measles outbreak kills 8 in the Ukraine.

https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/measles-kills-8-people-ukraine.html http://outbreaknewstoday.com/ukraine-reports-3000-measles-cases-nov-2017/ http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=6863949

  • SPAIN: CienciaenelParlamento. Article link here
  • SPAIN: Escepticos No. 48 out. Article link here
  • HUNGARY: Antivax guy prosecuted after having let own child

https://index.hu/belfold/2018/01/12/oltasellenes_hazaspar_meghalt_gyerek_birosag_targyalas_per/ 

http://samli-projekt.blogspot.hu/2013/12/labant-csaba.html

  • GERMANY: InformationNetzwerk Homaeopatie now in English:

Homöopathie-Kritik jetzt auch auf Englisch – und in Spanien

https://www.netzwerk-homoeopathie.eu/standpunkte/2-uncategorised/269-criticism-of-homeopaths-against-homeopathy-criticism-i-there-is-no-evidence

00:45:39 Really Wrong:

The Pope: Third time’s a charm…

http://www.france24.com/en/20180119-pope-shocks-chile-accusing-sex-abuse-victims-slander

00:51:37 Quote

“We must trust to nothing but facts: These are presented to us by Nature, and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.” /Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, French chemist./

00:53:53 Outro

00:55:08 Outtakes

TheESP – Ep. #107 – Memories & predictions, LSD, disease outbreak prevention & animal brothels

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This week we make predictions regarding upcoming books by Edzard Ernst, talk about the future of fact-checking, discuss the works of Peter Boghosian, remember the father of LSD Albert Hofmann, then go on to our news items including the wrong-doings of Paolo Macchiarini, the measles epidemic in Sweden, the latest Swedish Skeptic Awards, how Facebook could be used to prevent disease outbreaks, the ‘Turmeric story’, Psiram the German wiki of irrational believes turns 10, year review of Retraction Watch, a book review on Science Based Medicine, The Conservative Tribune spreading misinformation about migration and ‘aminal brothels’. We finish with an important quote from Galileo Galilei.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; The Week in Skepticism; News; Farewell; Outro; Outtakes

Show Notes:

00:00:28 Greetings

Edzard Ernst to release two books this year:

Peter Boghossian’s and James Lindsay’s Conceptual penis controversy:

00:20:09 This Week in Skepticism

Creator of LSD Albert Hoffman was born on 11 January 1906

00:27:25 Skeptical News

  • SWEDEN:Macchiarini may be prosecuted after all – twice!

https://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/macchiarinis-operationer-ska-granskas-igen/ https://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/lansstyrelsen-anmaler-macchiarini-for-djurplageri/

  • SWEDEN:Measles epidemic far from over in Sweden

https://omni.se/ledare-stor-skandal-att-bebisar-har-utsatts/a/6nkz6W https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-01-03/vardpersonal-ska-fa-vaccin-mot-masslingen https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-01-03/ytterligare-ett-masslingsfall–13-smittad

  • SWEDEN:Swedish Skeptics awards for 2017

http://www.vof.se/blogg/arets-folkbildare-och-forvillare-2017/

  • INTERNATIONAL: Facebook could stop disease outbreaks?

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-facebook-disease-outbreak.html http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/15/138/20170783

  • UK:“The cancer industry is a medical conspiracy against humanity” (The Turmeric story)

http://edzardernst.com/2018/01/the-cancer-industry-is-a-medical-conspiracy-against-humanity-the-turmeric-story/

http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2017/bcr-2016-218148.full

  • GERMANY: Psiram, the German wiki of irrational belief is 10 years old

https://blog.gwup.net/2017/12/28/zehn-jahre-psiram/

https://www.psiram.com

  • INTERNATIONAL: Retraction Watch in review for 2017

http://retractionwatch.com/2017/12/29/2017-retraction-watch-year-review-hint-database-nearly-done/

http://retractiondatabase.org/(X(1)S(trnfzk5z331gydcynym02pqc))/RetractionSearch.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

  • INTERNATINAL: (BOOK) Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/rigor-mortis-whats-wrong-with-medical-science-and-how-to-fix-it/

00:55:36 Really Wrong:

ConservativeTribune.com spreading misinformation about migration

01:03:30 Quote
“I have never met a man so ignorant that I could not learn something from him.” /Galileo Galilei/

01:06:08 Outro

01:07:22 Outtakes

Episode #106 – Brian Dunning & Science Friction

 

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This week we are happy to bring you an interview with Brian Dunning, who’s been the producer and host of the massively successful Skeptoid podcast and is currently busy with lots of different projects in skepticism, including a book in the making and the crowdfunded project of showing how media usually distorts the opinions of experts they ask and doing a documentary about that. Find out more on sciencefriction.tv and please consider contributing!
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Segments
Intro; Interview; Farewell; Science Friction promo; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings

00:03:43
Interview with Brian Dunning

00:43:42

Farewell

00:45:06

Science Friction promo 

00:47:36
Outro

00:48:51
Outtakes

Episode #104 – Pre-Holidays show with Gleb Tsipursky and David Fitzgerald

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On our pre-holidays show we welcome Jelena back after a bit of a hiatus, then Pontus corrects himself before we turn our skeptical ears towards fellow skeptics Dr. Gleb Tsipursky and David Fitzgerald who talk about the Pro-Truth Pledge and why Jesus probably never existed, respectively. We then finish with possibly the most relevant song about Christmas, written and performed by George Hrab.
Hope you’ll enjoy the show. Happy holidays, everyone!
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Segments
Intro; Greetings; Interviews; Farewell; Song; Outro

Show notes:

00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings

00:07:12
Interview with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky about the Pro-Truth Pledge and why it is important

00:39:39
Interview with David Fitzgerald, atheist activist and author of the books “Jesus mything in action” and “Nailed”. We talk about why Jesus might have never existed  

Links to David Fitzgerald books

01:06:56

Farewell

01:15:33

A song by George Hrab “I don’t believe in Christmas” 

01:19:36
Outro

01:20:53
Outtakes

 

Episode #100 – Superheroes of Skepticism

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This is our 100th episode!!!

To celebrate, we interviewed some of the superheroes of skepticism who have already been on the show and could accept our invitation to come back for a quick update.
Our guests were Gábor Hraskó, who was our guest on episode #001, Natalie Grams whose new book is out, Michael Marshall who talked about some new achievements of the Good Thinking Society, Liubomir Baburov and what’s planned for the future of Ratio, Sean Slater and what to expect from Skeptics on the Fringe in 2018, Massimo Polidoro and his new book along with news from CICAP and Susan Gerbic checks in together with Richard Saunders to finish the show with what was definitely the largest span of time zones in the history of our podcast.

Thanks for bearing with us and please keep listening to The ESP as we intend to stay.

Also, make sure you check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews; Outro

Show notes:

00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:34
Greetings and Feedback

We jump right into the interviews

00:03:52

Interview with Gábor Hraskó

00:13:43

Interview with Natalie Grams

00:24:16

Interview with Michael Marshall

00:38:19

Interview with Liubomir Baburov

00:45:31

Interview with Sean Slater

00:55:13

Interview with Massimo Polidoro

01:13:58

Interview with Susan Gerbic and Richard Saunders

01:34:13

Goodbye

01:37:38
Outro

01:38:42
Outtakes

Episode #099 – Prince Charles, homeopathy and onions in your ears

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This week we talk about Massimo Polidoro’s new book, the latest Heinz Oberhummer Award and the origins of the Spanish skeptic movement, then move on to discuss Prince Charles who celebrated his birthday this week. On our news segment you’ll hear about the Advertising Standards Authority and their list of claims that chiropractors can actually make, the statement by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons condemning homeopathy while still leaving a few doors open for quackery, Spanish skeptics starting a new campaign based on consultations with the public, a new research indicating that homeopathy might be one of the most divisive pseudoscientific issues in Hungary theses days and how Hungarian authorities stopped the spreading of unregulated ragweed products and how glyphosate has been found not to be associated with cancer.
All that while Anthroposophic Vidar Clinic gets this week’s Really Wrong prize.

Also, make sure you check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe 

00:00:28
Greetings and Feedback

00:07:55
This Week in Skepticism 

Prince Charles – Born 14 November 1948

00:14:46
News Items 

UK

Advertising Standards Authority publish list of allowed claims for UK chiros: http://edzardernst.com/2017/11/advertising-standards-authority-publish-list-of-allowed-claims-for-uk-chiros/

Spain

RCVS criticising the use of homeopathy in veterinary medicine: http://edzardernst.com/2017/11/good-news-regarding-homeopathy-for-animals-rcvs-position-on-cam/

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/science-based-veterinary-medicine/

Hungary

New research shows 44% of Hungarians are in favour of Homeopathy: https://444.hu/2017/11/08/a-magyarok-44-szazaleka-szerint-hasznos-a-homeopatia

Authorities ban yet another product made out of ragweed: http://index.hu/tudomany/2017/11/09/megint_talaltak_par_illegalis_parlagfuves_keszitmenyt/

Spain

As part of an action to make visible the scope and magnitude of pseudosciences in society (especially in the field of health), the data is being collected with the help of several associations and volunteers. Follow this link to submit your links and images: http://stoppseudociencias.gplsi.es/

International

Glyphosate not associated with cancer http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/glyphosate-not-associated-with-cancer/

00:39:01
Really wrong

Anthroposophic Vidar clinic

https://vidarvardcentral.se/nyhetsarkiv/category/tips-for-egenvard/https://vidarvardcentral.se/nyhetsarkiv/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthroposophic_medicine

https://www.dn.se/sthlm/alltfor-manga-barn-ar-ovaccinerade/ (paywall)

 

00:47:16
Quote

“Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something .” Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher

00:48:11
Outro

00:49:26
Outtakes 

Episode #098, feat. Austra Muizniece – Rigvir scam, Exploding heads and the Higgs Boson

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We check out Skepticism in Latvia with an interview with Austra Muizniece who talks about the Rigvir scam. We also get two shorter interviews from the Ratio Conference in Bulgaria: One with Prof. Chris French who talks about his latest research on sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome, and one with Dr Steven Goldfarb at the ATLAS Eperiment at CERN and his part in the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

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Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews;

Show notes:

00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:34
Greetings and Feedback

After quick intro we go straight into the interview with Austra Muizniece

00:03:22

Interview with  Austra Muizniece

Twitter handle: 

Rigvir Facts: http://rigvirfacts.com

00:29:38

Interview with Chris French

The Big Sleep Survey: http://www.sciencefocus.com/bigsleepsurvey

00:40:19

Interview with Steven Goldfarb

The Atlas Experiment: https://atlas.cern/

00:55:42

Radio spot

00:56:16

Goodbye

00:56:37
Outro

00:57:52
Outtakes

Episode #097

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On this episode:
This week, while DenkFest and Ratio are both on, we release two interviews that Andras recorded in Zürich when they stopped there during the About Time Tour 2017 with Susan Gerbic, Mark Edward and Liubomir Baburov.
 But finally, we have a regular episode for you with Harry Houdini, who died on the nigth of Halloween, ComCeptCon being in the making, Norwegian TV selling prayers, deaths from chiropractic treatments miscommunicated, Natalie Grams’ new book out with the title “Gesundheit!”, a beauty parlor in Sweden offering IV treatments, science denier Czech billionaire elected new leader of the country and Das Goldene Brett accepting nominations.
 We look into how the EU parliament can be really wrong about glyphosate and how badly we can interpret Kant’s thoughts.

Also, make sure you check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

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

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings and Feedback

We looking back at the busy conference period and talk about few upcoming events in Europe. Andras talks about skepticism in tourism from his personal perspective of being a tour guide.

00:07:49

This Week in Skepticism

Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926 (aged 52)

00:15:40
Skeptical News

Norway: 

Norwegian TV channel selling prayers for 5K EUR a piece https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/kristendom/kristen-kanal-gi-50-000-kroner-bli-ve

UK:

Regrettable journalism around the tragic death of a chiropractic patient http://edzardernst.com/2017/10/regrettable-journalism-around-the-tragic-death-of-a-chiropractic-patient/

Germany:

Gesundheit – Natalie Grams’ new book out: https://blog.gwup.net/2017/10/01/gesundheit-das-neue-buch-von-dr-natalie-grams-erscheint-im-oktober/ http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783662547984

Sweden:

Beauty parlor offers IV treatment https://www.vardfokus.se/webbnyheter/2017/oktober/dropp-pa-skonhetssalong-granskas-efter-anmalningar/

Czech Republic:

Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41708844

Austria:

Das Goldene Brett – voting is now open https://blog.gwup.net/2017/10/25/das-goldene-brett-2017-kandidaten-jetzt-nominieren/

00:39:46
Really wrong:

EU Parliament bans Glyphosate

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2151627-ban-on-weedkiller-glyphosate-wont-save-anyone-from-cancer/?campaign_id=RSS%7CNSNS-news

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-health-glyphosate/eu-lawmakers-demand-five-year-phase-out-of-weedkiller-glyphosate-idUSKBN1CT21H

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408444.2016.1214681

00:47:40

Interviews from About Time Tour 2017

01:04:50
Quote

“Skepticism is thus a resting-place for human reason, where it can reflect upon its dogmatic wanderings and make survey of the region in which it finds itself, so that for the future it may be able to choose its path with more certainty. But it is no dwelling-place for permanent settlement. Such can be obtained only through perfect certainty in our knowledge, alike of the objects themselves and of the limits within which all our knowledge of objects is enclosed.” Emmanuel Kant /German philosopher who is a central figure in modern philosophy./

01:06:19
Outro

01:07:21
Outtakes