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Episode #090 – feat. Claire Klingenberg

 

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On this episode:
We tell you all about the fantastic 17th European Skeptics Congress coming up in Wroclaw in less than two weeks. Our guest is Claire Klingenberg, event manager extraordinaire from Sisyfos, the Czech Skeptics’ Club.

Please help funding the About Time Tour 2017 with Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward!

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

Segments
Intro; Greetings; Claire Kilngenberg; Outro; Outtakes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings

00:00:57
Claire Klingenberg

Please visit the webpage for the European Skeptics Congress for more info about this super event. Also check out the video with James Randi who greets you welcome to Wroclaw.

00:22:08
Goodbye

00:24:06
A message from Brian Eggo

00:25:43
Outro

00:26:57
Outtakes

Episode #089

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On this episode:
The inspiration for Mel Gibson’s the Passion of the Christ, alternative treatments in Valencia, the Heilpraktiker system in Germany, whether Down’s syndrome has been eradicated in Iceland and the new Full Fact tool.
Then a deep dive into the measles epidemic in Europe and the problem of crowdfunding for cancer trips to Mexico.

Please help funding the About Time Tour 2017 with Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward!

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; Analysis; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings and 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/

00:06:16
This Week in Skepticism
Anne Catherine Emmerich – Catholic Augustinian Canoness, 8 September 1774 – 9 February 1824) who inspired Mel Gibson’s “the Passion of the Christ”

00:09:01
Skeptical News

  1. SPAIN: The miraculous enemas of Dr. Torres
    El Español
  2. GERMANY: Heilpraktiker under attack by panel of experts
    Edzard Ernst: the German Heilpraktiker is a dangerous and Anachronistic Nonsense
    Wikipedia: Heilpraktiker and Heilpraktikergesetz
  3. ICELAND: Has Iceland Eliminated Down Syndrome Through Abortion?
    Snopes
  4. UK: Full Fact – the new, automated way of spotting misinformation?
    The Guardian: Full Fact Software
    Fullfact.org: Frequently asked Questions

00:23:53
Analysis: European measles epidemic revisited

ECDC: Measles update July
Romanian Health Authorities: Weekly measles facts
Danish news: Local measles outbreak

00:36:33
Really Wrong: Crowdfunding trips to Alternative Cancer Clinics in Mexico

Cancer Reasearch UK: Alternative Cancer Treatments in Mexico
Al Jazeera: Javier Duarte detained in Guatemala

00:43:45
Quote
“A few drops of science will often disinfect an entire barrel full of ignorance and prejudice.”
/Hendrik Willem van Loon, Netherlands born historian, journalist, and award-winning children’s book author/

00:48:05
Outro

00:49:20
Outtakes

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.

Segments
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.

Segments
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 #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.

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. 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