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Episode #100 – Superheroes of Skepticism

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On this episode:

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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On this episode:

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

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Outro

00:49:26
Outtakes 

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

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On this episode:

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.

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

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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

Episode #096

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A massive shout-out to Richard Saunders for dedicating such a great chunk of the latest episode of The Skeptic Zone Podcast to us winning the Ockham Awards 2017.
Then you can listen to some of the interviews András recorded at CICAPfest in Cesena, Italy, while on the ‘About Time Tour’ with Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward.
Francesco Grassi is an expert on crop circles (actually makes them) and an author of a book on the topic, Francesco Paolo de Ceglia is a #science historian talking about the ‘blood miracle’ of Saint Januarius and of course, Massimo Polidoro (chief executive of CICAP) talks about the festival and what it might become in the future.
Please, don’t forget to check out our events calendar, on which you’ll find that Jelena and Pontus will soon be busy participating in a panel discussion at Ratio in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews from CICAPfest

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. We are talking about one of the oldest skeptic podcasts out there – The Skeptic Zone Podcast and his host Richard Saunder who covered our winning of Ockham Awards 2017 at this year QED conference in Manchester. We also briefly talk about the CICAPfest and after a quick intro we go straight into the interviews
  2. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Interviews from CICAPfest

00:03:16

Francesco Grassi – the author of the book Crop Circles Signs of Intelligence

00:16:34

Francesco Paolo de Ceglia – scientist and historian. Andras talks to him about  San Gennaro miracle

00:41:10

Massimo Polidoro – chief executive of CICAP, talks about the festival and what it might become in the future.

00:50:33
Farewell

00:54:36
Outro

 

Episode #095 – QED 2017 Edition

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This episode is a post QED show that features interviews with Rüdiger Ludwig from GWUP (German Skeptics),  James Williams, Natalie Newell and Geoff Whelan.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews from QED

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. We talk about to Question Explore Discover conference, that just finished in Manchester, England. Look out for next year conference plans on their website
  2. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Interviews from QED

00:03:56

Rüdiger Ludwig
GWUP (German Skeptics) www.gwup.org/

00:13:07

James Williams
Email: james@talfuin.com
Facebook: fb.me/talfuin

00:19:02

Natalie Newell
Science Moms movie: www.sciencemomsdoc.com/the-film.html
Science Enthusiast podcast: www.facebook.com/ScienceEnthusiastPodcast/

00:26:17

Geoff Whelan
Greater Manchester Skeptics: www.gmss.uk/

00:35:59
Farewell

00:40:31
Outro

00:41:46
Out-takes

Episode #094

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This episode is a post European Skeptics Congress show that features interviews with Eran Segev, president of Australian Skeptics Inc. andMartin Mahner, who runs the office of the German skeptical organisation,gwup | die skeptiker.
We also talked about upcoming events like Ratio in Bulgaria, where Jelena & Pontus will appear as guests. And if you want to have more information on Denkfest, that’s happening around the same time in Zürich, please check it out here: denkfest.ch/de/

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews from the European Skeptics Congress

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. We talk about the end of the About Time Tour
  2. We also gave a shout out to the GSOW project. If you have some time, please join this project to help edit wikipedia pages in different languages. They provide full training.
  3. Pontus and Jelena are going to the event in Sofia. The event Ratio, happens on November 5 2017. They will join the panel discussion on the vaccination situation in Europe. Get your tickets here.
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:14:20
Interview with Eran Segev

Jelena and Pontus sit down and talk to Eran about his talk at the European Skeptics Congress, his experience of the this event in Poland.

00:29:50
Interview with Martin Mahner

Andras interviews Martin in the headquarters of the German Skeptics organisation: gwup. They discuss the role of the gwup in spreading skepticism and critical thinking in Germany.

00:45:35
Farewell

00:50:29
Outro

00:51:44
Out-takes

Episode #093

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On this episode:

On this episode we have a guest: Claire Klingenberg, who was the chief organiser of ECS 2017 and is the newly elected chair of ECSO.
Than we talk about Marie Stopes and eugenics, the UK eliminating measles, EASAC’s statement on Homeopathy and a new cancer treatment from Latvia.

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

00:00:27
Greetings and Feedback

Clire Klingenberg gives us an update on the European Skeptics Congress that she organised and she also gives a shout out to everyone who would like to make a short video about skepticism and why it is important and submit it by the end of October 2017. You can get in touch with ECSO directly:

http://www.ecso.org/

Or you can message Claire:

https://www.facebook.com/claireklingenberg

00:19:52
This Week in Skepticism

Marie Stopes

00:25:19
Skeptical News

UK ‘eliminates measles’ for first time: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41399850

EU: Latest statement of homeopathy by European Academy Sience Advisory Council: http://www.easac.eu/fileadmin/PDF_s/reports_statements/EASAC_Homepathy_statement_web_final.pdf

France: Homeopathy is effective for anxiety and depression disorders!!! Or is it?: http://edzardernst.com/2017/09/homeopathy-is-effective-for-anxiety-and-depression-disorders-or-isnt-it/

Latvia: Rigvir: A cancer “cure” imported from Latvia that cancer patients should avoid: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2017/09/25/rigvir-a-cancer-cure-imported-from-latvia-that-cancer-patients-should-avoid/

UK: Deadline for Consultation on NHS Homeopathy Prescriptions coming at the end of October 2017. Have your say: http://mailchi.mp/247f079ebd11/may-2017-newsletter-the-charity-commission-want-your-thoughts-on-alt-med-charities-our-investigation-ends-ebay-sales-of-black-salve-and-more-1167633

00:38:21
Really Wrong

Registered Quack! Alternative treatments in Denmark https://www.altinget.dk/sundhed/artikel/overlaege-der-skal-vaere-skarpere-regler-for-alternative-behandlere

00:43:47
Quote
Emma Goldman (born in Lithuania) anarchist political activist and writer: “Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.”

00:45:38
Outro

00:47:49
Outtakes

Episode #092

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We are checking in from Wroclaw, where we attended the 17th European Skeptics Congress and recorded a show sitting in a hotel room together.
You can listen to a couple of our short interviews recorded during this wonderful international event with Lesek, Deborah and Daniella. More to be released with upcoming episodes.
We also talk about the changes on the board of ECSO (European Council of Skeptical Organisations).
András is now on the road with Susan Gerbic, Mark Edward and Liubomir Baburov, networking across Europe with the “About Time Tour”.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews from the European Skeptics Congress

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. We talk about the European Skeptics Congress, reflect on the event and exchange thoughts and feelings.
  2. European Council of Skeptical Organisations elect the new board and a new president – Claire Klingenberg, who we congratulate and wish all the best! As well as Claire, Andras and Pontus are now also part of the board and will be taking an active part in the work done by ECSO.
  3. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:10:04
Interview with Lesek from Poland
Andras asks Lesek about his experience of the hypnosis on stage and how he got affected by it. During the congress Jakub Kroulik performed the seance of mass hypnosis and tried to convince the audience that anything can be suggested to the suggestible mind.

00:21:43
Interview with Deborah Hyde
Deborah and Andras talk about the congress, exorcism, the movie on exorcisms screened at the conference and the suggestibility of the human mind.

00:35:15
Interview with Daniella from Germany

00:37:45
Farewell

00:43:50
Outro

00:45:05
Out-takes

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

Segments
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