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Archive of past episodes of TheESP – European Skeptics Podcast

TheESP – Ep. #139 – Fake Cancer Cures in Trouble and the Discoverer of Pulsars Gets Revenge

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Pontus Pokes the Pope; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Right; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Claire Klingenberg sits in for András on this episode where the Pope blames the devil for revealing all the bad stuff he is responsible for.
This week in 1895: The birth of Chiropractic.
Also, fake cancer cures take several hits, an overlooked astrophysicist finally gets the recognition she deserves and a brave pharmacist in Germany takes a stand against homeopathy. We learn that cannibalism is bad for you and other good stuff as we celebrate the newly announced Ig Nobel prizes.
Short random announcement: Please note that it must be parasite season, but that reason and logic will always prevail.
We conclude this unusually positive episode by a Really Right award concerning CRISPR research.

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Show Notes:
00:00:26 Greetings

00:04:40 Pontus Pokes the Pope

The Pope blames the devil for revealing abuse – and boy is he!

00:07:20 This Week: The birth of chiropractic on 18 September 1895

00:10:21 Skeptical News

LATVIA: European Cancer Patient Coalition revokes the membership of Virotherapy Foundation a.k.a. Rigvir

INTERNATIONAL: Swedes share more fake news than any others in Europe

UK: Good Thinking Society gets cancer quackery investigation published in BMJ

INTERNATIONAL: Measles update – Vaccine Confidence Survey

INTERNATIONAL: eBay removes fake cancer ‘zapper’ treatments from sale due to work by Good Thinking Society

UK: British astrophysicist overlooked by Nobels wins $3m award for pulsar work

GERMANY: A Pharmacist in Bavaria has removed all homeopathy from her displays

INTERNATIONAL: Ig Nobel prizes 2018: the European recipients

00:40:28 Really Right: Researchers are fighting back on the EU decision that Crispr should be banned as GMO

00:42:35 Quote and Farewell

“It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge”
Enrico Fermi, Italian and naturalized-American physicist and the creator of the world’s first nuclear reactor

00:43:44 Outro

00:44:59 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep #138 – Darren McKee and Effective altruism

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On this Episode:

This week’s episode features an interview that Andras recorded in Budapest with Canadian skeptic and host of The Reality Check podcast Darren McKee, who talks about Effective altruism and why it’s the real thing for skeptics.

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: Intro

00:00:34: Greetings

00:12:33: Interview with Darren McKee

00:51:50: Farewell

00:56:56: Outro

00:57:10: Out-takes

Ep. #137 – Coconut oil, public health, the pope and the photo encyclopedia of bogus claims

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

This week we talked about Susan Gerbic’s new interview with Massimo Polidoro, a court case over calling someone a Holocaust denier, new teams doing science communication, coconut and the undecided public enemy state, homeopathy and whether it’s unethical for pharmacies to sell it, HPV vaccination for boys, ‘Inoculated’, a new movie in Germany that might be twice as dangerous as Vaxxed, SkepKon 2019, fake Twitter accounts, an Austrian photographer’s encyclopaedia of bogus claims and how religion ruins everything.

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

Susan Gerbic’s interview with Massimo Polidoro: https://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/fifty_books_and_counting

00:13:09 This Week in Skepticism

On 5 September 1996, Irving filed a libel suit concerning Lipstadt’s book in English court. He named in his suit Lipstadt and Penguin Books, whose division Plume had published a British edition of her book.

00:19:05 Skeptical News

SPAIN: A new organisation for the promotion of science is born in Valencia

INTERNATIONAL: Measles update

GERMANY: Freiburg doctor Karin Michels gives a talk abut coconut oil being a poison

FRANCE: French university drops homeopathy degree amid alternative medicines row

SPAIN: University of Alicante offering a course into the public understanding of Science

EUROPE: HPV vaccination for boys

GERMANY: New movie called ‘Inoculated’ is probably worse than ‘Vaxxed’

GERMANY: SkepKon 2019 in the making: Call for papers

GERMANY: Is it unethical for Pharmacies to sell homeopathic products

SWEDEN: Swedish Study Notes Surge in Automated Twitter Accounts

AUSTRIA: “This will change your life forever” – Photographer puts bogus claims and products in display

01:05:27 Pontus Pokes the Pope: Oh, where to begin?

01:11:27 Really Wrong: Publicly funded religious free school scandal

01:16:27 Quote and Farewell

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”
/Adam Smith (1723-90) Scottish moral philosopher/

01:17:34 Outro

01:18:49 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #136 – Jay Novella

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On this Episode:

QED in Manchester is drawing closer!
We speak to Jay Novella of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe (the SGU) whose total cast will be there in October. Hear about what we can expect from the SGU in Manchester, what they will be up to in the future and about their book which is due to be released on 2 October. We also get into our views on lobbying, children’s education and about being a parent.
Enjoy!

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: Intro

00:00:33: Greetings

00:02:23: Interview with Jay Novella

00:37:18: Farewell

00:39:29: Outro

00:40:44: Out-takes

Ep. #135 – ET healing, first contact in Germany, wet cupping, plus religion

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Really Wrong; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

While unfortunately Jelena is not present, this week we talk about an ET healer in the Netherlands before we share the latest updates on measles. The comes the outrageous fact that Germany has no official plan for a first contact situation and how religious taboos can cause trouble. El escéptico’s 50th issue is out now, while wet cupping is gaining ground in Amsterdam. Also, the pope gets poked again while pastafarianism doesn’t get recognised as a religion.

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

00:11:50 Skeptical News

NETHERLANDS: “ET Healer” not prosecuted for possible contribution to suicide

UK: Royal homeopath dies in a bicyle accident

INTERNATIONAL: MEASLES UPDATE: Finally it makes the news (but the reported numbers are too low)

GERMANY: No preparations for alien landing situations

SWITZERLAND: Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

SPAIN: Issue #50 of El Esceptico to be released

NETHERLANDS: Wet Cupping on the rise in Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS: Pastafarianism “not a religion” – rules Dutch court

00:30:50 Pontus Pokes the Pope: Frankie boy cannot handle the scandal

00:35:16 Really Right: Greta Thunberg, 15, takes a stand for climate

00:40:59 Farewell and Quote

“Of a number of variant hypotheses about the same facts, that one is true which shows why facts, which in the other hypotheses remain unrelated, are as they are, i.e., which demonstrates their orderly and rational mathematical connexion.”

/Johannes Kepler German astronomer and astrologer/

00:42:20 Outro

00:43:35 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #134 – Psychic Taxes, Homeopathy and One Hell of a Bus Ride

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Radio Ad; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:26 Greetings

As Eggman (Brian Eggo) sits in for Andras we examine the latest news which includes Psychic Sally’s taxes, the end to NHS funded homeopathy in England, Russian attitudes to conspiracy theories, the latest measles situation and more.
Also the Pope gets poked about his upcoming Irish visit and Brian gets on bus 666 to Hel (sic).

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Also check out the on-going Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe, ending 26 August!

00:05:27 This Week in Skepticism

Actress Sylvia Millecam died Aug. 19, 2001 after seeing psychic & alternative healers.

00:13:25 Skeptical News

UK: Psychic Sally hit with almost £3m tax bill

EUROPE: EU Court of Justice declares gene edited crops to be GMO

UK: NHS Bristol ends funding for homeopathy, ending all homeopathy commissioning in England

RUSSIA: Russian beliefs in conspiracies

EUROPE: Measles outbreak updates

UK: A UK parliamentary committee about risks to ‘shared values and the integrity of our democratic institutions’.

POLAND: Take bus 666 to Hel!

00:53:28 Pontus Pokes the Pope: Pope Francis goes to Ireland and still doesn’t care

00:56:30 Really Wrong: Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine

01:01:20 Radio Ad

01:02:32 Farewell and Quote

“There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.”

Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born scientist, inventor and engineer.

01:08:02 Outro

01:09:17 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #133 – Malek Tohme

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On this Episode:

We have good news from Ukraine, when we talk to Malek Tohme, who is starting up the Ukraine Humanist, Rationalist, Skeptic Modernists in the city of L’viv!
And a special shout out to James The Amazing Randi who turned 90 on 7 August!

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: Intro

00:00:33: Greetings

00:03:14: Interview with Malek Tohme

00:30:42 Radio Spot

00:33:16: Farewell

00:37:22: Outro

00:38:37: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #132 – Science in trouble, educating politicians & finding pseudoscience

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

We quickly go from ear-candles to ass-candles and then the Pope doesn’t want us to be skeptical. Guess what? We still are…
On this episode you’ll hear some updates on the Hungarian government’s attack on science, how the anti-vax movement causes a lot of trouble in different countries and what we can do to counter them. We also talk about the educational projects that Spanish skeptics run, the NHS landing credit to bogus treatments, a new study showing the negative effects of taking alternative therapies, the journal Homeopathy gaining on their impact factor and the UK parliament aiming to see clearly with regards to scientific misconduct. Terminally ill Laura Brennen campaigns for vaccination that could have saved her.

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

00:11:40 This Week in Skepticism

Born on 26 July 1875: Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist who met and collaborated with Sigmund Freud in Vienna in (1907-13), but then developed his own theories. He also had an interest in UFOs and aliens.

00:16:59 Skeptical News

HUNGARY: The minister of Innovation and Technology doubling down on their attack on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

AUSTRALIA: Example to all countries: Australia to issue monthly fines to parents who don’t vaccinate children

SPAIN: Science in Parliament sessions on their way in Madrid

UK: NHS lending credit to bogus treatments

EUROPE: Measles outbreak updates

INTERNATIONAL: Cancer patients using alternative therapies twice as likely to die

UK: The journal Homeopathy sees its impact factor risen by 52%

SPAIN: ‘Stop pseudoscience’ campaign kicks off on Twitter again

UKRAINE: Diphteria outbreak in Ukraine

IRELAND: Does Ireland need a dedicated body to fight pseudoscience

UK: House of commons committee on Science and Technology wants clear picture of misconducts at research insitutes

SPAIN: Call for fictional stories related to skepticism and critical thinking

00:49:30 Pontus Pokes the Pope: The pope does not like skeptics

00:53:56 Really Right: Terminally ill Laura Brennan promotes vaccine that could’ve saved her

00:57:44Quote

“Scepticism is the first step towards truth.”

/Denis Diderot, French philosopher

00:58:48 Outro

01:00:03 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #131 – Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe

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On this Episode:

We talk with the fabulous and twice Ockham’s Award winning Edinburgh Skeptics Society!
Heather Pentler and Sean Slater tell us all about the upcoming Skeptics on the Fringe when there will be 23 skeptical events, every day, starting 4 August.
If you have chance, you should go!

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:12: INTRO

00:00:37: Greetings

00:07:35: Interview with Heather Pentler and Sean Slater from Edinburgh Skeptics Society

00:34:01: Farewell

00:37:21: Outro

00:38:36: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #130 – Eugenics, GSoW and the pope solves the crisis in the middle east

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:55 Greetings

This week we bring you stuff to think about like Eugenics, plus news and updates on the Hungarian government’s attack on the freedom of science, GSoW reaching a new level of activism, legislative changes to occur in Germany regarding Heilpraktiker, Humanist weddings getting a green light in Ireland, Facebook shutting down Hungarian fake news sites, homeopaths offering their “solutions” to the problem of antibiotic resistance, nominations open for John Maddox Prize at Sense about Science, CICAPfest tickets now available and how wrong the Daily Mail is for reporting questionable claims of a non existant disease.
Pontus pokes the pope for being silly about his way of solving the crisis in the Middle East

00:06:28 This Week in Skepticism

The Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring in Nazi Germany was made into act on July 14 of 1933, but made active in January 1934

00:17:16 Skeptical News

  • Hungary: Update on the situation with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05526-x
https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/07/03/palkovics_nkfih_palyazat/
https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/07/04/mit_akar_az_mta/

  • Europe: Measles update:

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/ukraine-measles-cases-continue-climb-2nd-diphtheria-case-reported-90867/amp/

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/england-health-officials-advise-mmr-vaccine-europe-travel-measles-count-continues-rise-58059/amp/

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/serbia-measles-update-33-percent-patients-hospitalized-86969/amp/

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-ukraine-12th-death-recorded-13297/amp/ http://outbreaknewstoday.com/france-reports-50-measles-cases-week-2nd-fatality-reported-37482/amp/

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/measles-warning–public-health-1725024

https://edzardernst.com/2018/06/finally-the-german-heilpraktiker-is-going-to-be-reformed/

https://medwatch.de/2018/06/22/zwingende-reformbeduerftigkeit-gesundheitsminister-planen-heilpraktiker-reform/

  • Northern Ireland: Court of Appeal in Belfast rules humanist marriage must be legally recognised

https://humanism.org.uk/2018/06/28/victory-court-of-appeal-in-belfast-rules-humanist-marriage-must-be-legally-recognised/

  • Hungary: Facebook shuts down Hungarian network of six fake news sites

https://index.hu/tech/2018/06/27/hirhedt_magyar_kamuhiroldal-halozatot_lott_le_a_facebook/

http://www.debrecensun.hu/national/2018/06/28/hungarian-fake-news-pages-deleted-by-facebook/

00:49:30 Pontus Pokes the Pope

00:54:05 Really Wrong

01:00:00 Quote

“Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Take your time to decide don’t rush. ”
/Publius Cornelius Tacitus, senator and a historian of the Roman Empire/

01:02:24 Outro

01:03:37 Out-takes