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Episode #088, feat. Dr Susan Blackmore

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We start our episode with Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic magazine, Deborah Hyde, who tells us about this year’s Ockham Awards that will be happening at QED: Question. Explore. Discover in October 2017, the nominations for which are still open.

Our main guest on this episode was Sue Blackmore, another great speaker presenting at the European Skpetics Congress in Wroclaw in September 2018. She is  is a British writer, lecturer, sceptic, broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. Her fields of research include memes memes, evolutionary theory evolutionary theory, psychology, parapsychology, consciousness, and she is best known for her book The Meme Machine. She has written or contributed to over 40 books and 60 scholarly articles and is a contributor to The Guardian newspaper.


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

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Susan Blackmore; Farewell; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:08
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback

There is still time to vote for Ockham Awards 2017. Visit this link to nominate your favourite skeptics activist/podcast/project: https://www.skeptic.org.uk/ockham-awards-2017/vote/

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

00:11:57
Interview with Susan Blackmore

00:51:34
Farewell

Please support “About time tour” with Andras, Susan Gerbic, Mark Edwards and Liubomir Baburov, who are embarking on the exciting European skeptic tour. If you have couple of pounds/dollars/rubli spare please contribute by following this link: https://fundly.com/about-time-tour-skeptical-networking-across-europe

 

00:58:11
Outro

00:59:27
Outtakes

Episode #087

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This week we’re back with a regular episode and joined by Chris Higgins, who talks about SkeptiCamp Manchester. Charles Richet is our special mention on ‘This Week in Skepticism’.
Then we go on talking about Comité Para, bleach enema treatment on young children, how Sweden’s churches are losing their peole, El Esceptico and the great organisation behind it, and how the use of alternative medicine makes you more likely to die of cancer.
We also talk about the failed PSI-tests conducted in Germany by GWUP and how the Rationalist Party in Hungary might have taken a silly step towards a public debate about Homeopathy.

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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. Chris Higgins talks about Skepticamp at QED conference in Manchester. If you would like to give a talk please register here. There is still time.
  2. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:18:47
This Week in Skepticism

Charles Richet – French physiologist at the Collège de France, who coined the term ectoplasm

00:25:52
Skeptical News

  1. BELGIUM: Comité Para has a new board http://www.ecso.org/news/comite-para-worlds-first-skeptical-organisation-takes-new-breath/
  2. UK: Mother investigated by police for using bleach enemas on autistic son http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4767618/Mother-investigated-using-bleach-cure-son-s-autism.html
  3. SWEDEN: Church of Sweden losing members fast https://ledarsidorna.se/2017/08/svenska-kyrkan-bloder/
  4. SPAIN: El Esceptico Nr. 47 out + subscription to newsletter http://www.escepticos.es/node/5304
  5. INTERNATIONAL: Use of alternative medicine hastens death of cancer patients http://edzardernst.com/2017/08/use-of-alternative-medicine-hastens-death-of-cancer-patients/
  6. GERMANY: 3 failed PSI-Tests conducted by GWUP http://blog.gwup.net/2017/08/09/psi-tests-2017-der-gwup-die-geheime-kraft-der-wunschelrute-lies-zu-wunschen-ubrig/
  7. HUNGARY: Referendum to keep homeopathy out of medicine http://index.hu/tudomany/altudomany/2017/08/15/nepszavazasi_kezdemenyezes_indul_a_homeopatia_ellen/

00:44:39
Really Wrong:

Fake news: Cure for Homosexuality

00:50:17
Skeptical Ads

00:52:25
Farewell & Skeptical Quote

“The search to know has always been characterized by the need to doubt, the need to be critical, including the need to be self-critical.” /German born professor, former president of Stanford University- Gerhard Casper/

00:53:47
Outro

00:55:02
Out-takes

Episode #086, feat. Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

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Our guest on this episode was Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, philosopher and cognitive scientist, who will be among the speakers at the European Skpetics Congress in Wroclaw in September 2018.

Ha talks about his research into how our rational and irrational ways of thinking are all part of the same cognitive system and therefore are possible to understand.
You can also hear the new ad for the other upcoming international convention: QED: Question. Explore. Discover.
Come and join us for both event!
Also, make sure you check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Konrad Talmont-Kaminski; Farewell; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

We now have our own wikipedia page. Thank you so much to our listener, who created this page for us.

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

00:05:28
Interview with Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

00:45:11
Farewell

00:51:05
Outro

00:52:20
Outtakes

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