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Archive of past episodes of TheESP – European Skeptics Podcast

Episode #070, feat. Bethania Palma from Snopes.com

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Bethania Palma

This week’s episode is entirely dedicated to our interview with Snopes.com fact checker and journalist, Bethania Palma. We also talked about March for Science across Europe.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Bethania Palma; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:33
Greetings & feedback

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

00:13:12
Interview with Bethania Palma

00:49:38
Farewell

00:52:51
Outro

00:54:06
Out-takes

Episode #069

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This week we are bringing you an episode packed with news, important events and topics from all over Europe: Autism Acceptance Month, World Homeopathy Awareness Week, poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests, public opinion and vaccination, the latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland, ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards, Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize, QED: Question. Explore. Discover. announced, nominations open for the British Podcast Awards, call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland, our calendar of skeptic events, an update on the NHS vs homeopathy, Prince Anne backing GM crops, BBC to uphold the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals, an update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions, a researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct in Germany, the German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech, new fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain, El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now, Swiss skeptics open research department, the current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe and a look at how Swedes handle an attack on their capital.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Analysis; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. Autism Acceptance Month
  2. World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April)  since 2007.
  3. World Homeopathy Awareness Week
  4. Poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests
  5. Legislation vs public opinion
  6. The latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland
  7. ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards 2016
  8. Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize
  9. QED – Question. Explore. Discover. announced
  10. Nominations open for the British Podcast Awards
    • Please, vote for us here! Thanks.
  11. Call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland

00:19:48

This Week in Skepticism

Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani (Died on 11th April 1903), Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940.

00:27:39

Skeptical News

  1. BBC upholds the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals
  2. Princess Anne backs GM crops
  3. Update on the NHS and homeopathy
  4. An update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions
  5. German researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct
  6. German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech
  7. New fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain
  8. El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now…
  9. Swiss skeptics open a research department

00:47:40
Analysis

The current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe

00:59:23
Really Right

Swedes for handling an attack in their capital without panic

01:04:24
Quote
“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”

/David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist/

01:05:25
Outro

01:06:40
Out-takes

Episode #068, feat. Sofie Vanthournout

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Sofie Vanthournout

The episode was almost entirely dedicated to our interview with the Director of Sense about Science EU, Sofie Vanthournout. We talked about their upcoming project, Evidence Matters EU, the expansion of the Ask For Evidence campaign to European countries, how to elevate public debate about scientific issues to influence legislation, building a European network and a lot more.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Sofie Vanthournout; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

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

00:08:26
Interview with Sofie Vanthournout

00:44:06
Farewell

00:47:30
Outro

00:48:45
Out-takes

Episode #067

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This week we talked about how fake news are a bit more complicated than that, Vaxxed still growing its audience, Rudolf Steiner and his anthroposophy and schools, Massimo Polidoro having a new book out, ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Award, the Carl Sagan Journalism Prize offered by GWUP, the UK’s Charity Commission’s consultations about the charitable status of organisations promoting pseudoscience, the death of the last patient of Paolo Macchiarini’s.
Finally, the British Chiropractic Association wins the Really Wrong price for still “happily promoting bogus treatments”.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

Fake News – It’s a bit more complicated than that.

00:08:50
This Week in Skepticism
Rudolf Steiner, founder of anthroposopy

00:24:06
Skeptical News

  1. Massimo Polidoro has a new book out: The Powers of the Mind
  2. ComCept to award the Flying Unicorn Prize again. And they’re open for suggestions
  3. Carl Sagan Journalist Prize by the GWuP to be awarded to filmmakers
  4. The UK’s Charity Commission consulting with experts to assess the eligibility of organisations actively promoting pseudoscience for the charitable status.
  5. The last of the Macchiarini patients have died

00:34:16
Really Wrong
The British Chiropractic Association for still “happily promoting bogus treatments”.

00:39:36
Radio Spots

00:41:39
Quote
“Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.”
/Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher of Sephardi/Portuguese origin./

00:44:55
Outro

00:46:10
Out-takes

Episode #066, feat. Hayley Stevens

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Hayley Stevens

This week we interviewed award-winning blogger and paranormal investigator Hayley Stevens. We talked about becoming a skeptic after believing, how applying the right way of thinking and the best methods can help us understand how people think, what she thinks of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia and what the nicest approach to debating people might be.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Hayley Stevens; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:34
Greetings & feedback

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

00:06:30
Interview with Hayley Stevens

00:55:31
Farewell

00:57:24
Outro

00:58:39
Out-takes

Episode #065

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This week we’re back with the regular segments discussing lots of different topics ranging from Chickenpox, SpaceX, Newton and Fake News to what happened #LastNightInSweden after all, how Bild is fighting falsehoods, March for Science across the world, Global Warming denial, Paleo diet, Metro in Sweden, What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You and more.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

00:16:01
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Isaac Newton English mathematician, astronomer and physicist

00:24:15
Skeptical News

  1. Bild opens up a new front in the war against fake news and bad journalism
  2. NRK, Norwegian Public Service, tries new system to get quality on-line comments
  3. Climate denier amends Dutch Liberals election programme
  4. “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” now available in Hungarian
  5. Metro Sweden publishes “the Little Viral Monitor” for schools

00:45:32
Logical Fallacy
Subjectivist Fallacy

00:47:30
Really Wrong
Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, Ireland

00:56:14
Radio Spots

00:57:43
Quote
“It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature.”

/Harriet Martineau-English scholar, writer and translator who was a friend of Charles Darwin./

00:58:37
Outro

00:59:52
Out-takes

Episode #064, feat. Florent Martin

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Florent Martin

This week we interviewed Florent Martin, who’s one of the founders of the French organisation Observatoire Zététique that investigates unusual claims in Grenoble and all over France.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Florent Martin; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:36
Greetings & feedback

00:07:23
Interview with Florent Martin

00:52:22
Farewell

00:54:00
Outro

00:55:15
Out-takes

Episode #063

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On this week’s episode we talk about the antivax movement and what we can do about it, then move on to talking about Derren Brown’s work, whether fortune tellers will be out of Hungarian mainstream TV any time soon, what the problem is with the simplification of science, how Natural News got removed from Google’s indexes, what happened #LastNightInSweden, how some of the reportings of rape attacks in Germany turned out to be fake and a Hungarian quack that finally got convicted.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

00:13:38
This Week in Skepticism
Derren Brown British mentalist and illusionist (born 27th February 1971)

00:22:19
Skeptical News

  1. A new attempt to kick fortune tellers out of mainstream media in Hungary
  2. How science being ‘too easy’ can lead to problems with science communication as experts are being ignored
  3. Did Google put Natural News on ‘Black List’?
  4. Trump points to terrorist attack in Sweden that has not happened
  5. Reports in mass sexual assault in Frankfurt turn out to be based on no credible evidence
  6.  Hungarian quack convicted over treating cancer patients

00:59:34
Logical Fallacy
Appeal to the stone (Argumentum ad lapidem)

01:02:42
Really Wrong
Polish Minister of Health Konstanty Radziwill for claiming that smog is not a priority health issue in Poland.

01:05:37
Radio Spot
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (Facebook page)

01:06:32
Quote
“The essence of the scientific method is that it deals with problems as such and thus it seeks solutions, without prejudice or chauvinism. The question we ask is not who’s right, but what the truth is.”
/Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist and Nobel laureate/

01:08:43
Outro

01:09:58
Out-takes

Episode #062, feat. Michael Marshall and Fiona O’Leary

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This episode is entirely dedicated to one topic, which is the latest wrongdoings of the antivaccination campaign, namely the screenings of the pseudo-documentary “Vaxxed – From Cover-up to Catastrophy”.
Our guests, with whom we discussed this issue were Michael Marshall, project director at the Good Thinking Society and activist Fiona O’Leary, founder of Autistic Rights Together.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Michael Marshall; Interview with Fiona O’Leary; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback

00:05:36
Interview with Michael Marshall

00:29:07
Interview with Fiona O’Leary

01:07:49
Farewell

01:10:25
Outro

01:11:40
Out-takes

Episode #061

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This week we are talking about well known quack and discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield and his campaign promoting ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’, a pseudo-documentary that promotes the false idea of vaccines causing autism and then many other things.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Analysis; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

00:10:05
This Week in Skepticism
Galileo Galilei, the father of mothern science.

00:20:39
Skeptical News

  1. Hungarian fitness guru and his crusade against sugar has turned even more absurd
  2. Sweden Democrat opposes local bicycle plan – because heavy breathing is not environmentally friendly
  3. Robert Young (author of ‘The pH Miracle’) charged over death of cancer patient.
  4. Russian Academy of Sciences denounces homeopathy
  5. Wikipedia editors decide The Daily Mail should not be used as a reference in articles

00:38:20
Analysis: How different countries across Europe set out to tackle the problem of fake news.

00:51:14
Really Wrong
Really Right: Prof Hans Rosling for educating the world with facts

01:00:07
Quote
“You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” /Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and X-ray christallographer/

01:01:55
Outro

01:03:10
Out-takes