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Archive of past episodes of TheESP – European Skeptics Podcast

Episode #091

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On this episode:
Before we head out to the 17th European Skeptics Congress, we bring you news from Germany, Denmark, Italy and the UK, talk about Sigmun Freud and his weird theories. We try to find out if the world is coming to an end (again) and how fact checking can prevent elections from going off track.
Also, after the Congress, Andras is going on the About Time Tour with Susan Gerbic, Mark Edward and Liubo Baburov to do some skeptical networking in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and Hungary. Feel free to donate to theri cause at fundly.com/about-time-tour-ske…rking-across-europe

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 Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings and Feedback

00:10:39
This Week in Skepticism
Sigmund Freud, died on 23 September 1939.

00:17:48
Skeptical News

  1. UK/WORLD: The end of the world is upon us – again
  2. DENMARK: University of Copenhagen revokes doctoral degree for covering up misconduct
  3. NETHERLANDS: Netherlands wants EU to approve CRISPR crops since the technique is safe
  4. GERMANY: Correctiv.org – helping real time fact-checking during the upcoming German elections
  5. SWEDEN: Swedish police has NOT stopped rape investigations due to immigration
  6. GERMANY: A new book – False news making history
  7. ITALY: EU Court of Justice gives Italian farmer right to grow GMO corn (maize)

00:37:31
Really Right: Skeptical activism keeps Avocado (Wolfe) out of Finland

Finland Doesn’t Cry Wolfe

00:47:02
Quote
“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have.”
/Albert Einstein, German physicist/

00:48:21
Outro

00:49:36
Outtakes

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

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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 #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

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.

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. 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 #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.

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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 #083

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This week Pontus and András are joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Jelena while she’s on a European motorbike trip.
We talked about Karl Popper’s philosophical system of scientific discovery, how much of what we think of suicide is actually true, why simplicity is not the ultimate goal in understanding science, how the Tories in the UK just sent a crackpot to the EP, why news regarding the dangers of chemotherapy are probably untrue, how much of the Italian demonstrations against the new vaccination strategies are exaggerated and why caution is required when talking about new research on the Shroud of Turin.

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

  • If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.
  • Don’t forget to cast your vote before 31st July for the John Maddox Prize 2017 for standing up for science.

00:14:19
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Karl R. Popper (Born 28th July 1902 in Vienna) Philosopher of Science

00:18:52
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Myths about suicide
  2. SPAIN: New book recommended by Spanish Skeptics
  3. UK: New Tory MEP a crackpot?
  4. INTERNATIONAL: Is chemotherapy really proven to help cancer spread in your body? (Not)
  5. ITALY: Demonstration attendance numbers against new Italian vaccine regulations exaggerated
  6. ITALY: New research concerning the Shroud of Turin?

00:57:02
Really Wrong:

The Catholic Church for abusing children

01:03:41
Skeptical Ads

01:06:13
Quote

“Science is always simple and always profound. It is only the half-truths that are dangerous.”

/George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright in ‘The Doctor’s Dilemma’/

01:07:10
Outro

01:08:24
Out-takes

Episode #082

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Unfortunately, due to all three of us hosts being otherwise engaged, we could not provide you with a show this week. But there are a few things we had to mention. Sorry and hope to have your ears next week when we’re back to normal.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

00:04:38
Outro