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Archive of past episodes of TheESP – European Skeptics Podcast

TheESP- Ep. #127 – Annika Merkelbach, SkepKon and GSoW

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On this Episode:

This week we interviewed Annika Merkelbach, who told us what’s new in Germany, how the greatest German skeptical convention SkepKon went and why the country need native speakers to join Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.

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

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

Show notes:

00:00:08: INTRO

00:00:36: Greetings

00:04:44: Interview with Annika Merkelbach

00:41:22: Farewell

00:43:58: Outro

00:45:12: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #126 – Colliding worlds, more measles and Poking the Pope

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

Show Notes:
00:00:29 Greetings

Catching up on our slightly erratic release schedule (only two days after the previous episode!):
Jelena takes over the role of host as András is stuck in a hotel somewhere, with WiFi only slightly better than smoke signals. We talk about TEDx in London, while Dobby the skeptical cat argues that you should become a patron of the show.

00:07:13 This Week in Skepticism

Immanuel Velikovsky (10 Jun. 1895 – 17 Nov. 1979), Russian independent scholar best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision published in 1950.

00:14:10 Skeptical News

00:25:10 Pontus Pokes the Pope

00:28:24 Really Wrong / Really Right

00:33:23 Radio Spot

00:34:18 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 /

00:35:35 Outro

00:36:50 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #125 – Pepijn van Erp

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On this episode we interview Dutch mathematician and skeptical activist Pepijn van Erp to talk about his blog, his work at Stichting Skepsis and the Dutch skeptical magazine Skepter and all the topics that he likes to blog about ranging from Climate Change Denial to Conspiracy Theories.

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

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

Show notes:

00:00:08: INTRO

00:00:36: Greetings

00:02:24: Interview with Pepijn van Erp

00:51:01: Farewell

00:51:26: Outro

00:52:40: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #124 – Full Fact, vaccinations, intravaginal manipulations, Rigvir & plants vs bullies

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

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

Andras talks about this travels around Europe and meeting old friends; We remind listeners to book QED as tickets are limited (all the evening gala tickets are gone now!); Just a quick philosophical discussion on whether the government should be involved in telling its citizens how to live, what to eat, drink or smoke

00:12:38 This Week in Skepticism

Colin Fry (19 May 1962 – 25 August 2015) was an English television personality, entertainer and self-proclaimed medium. Fry consistently professed his beliefs as a psychic and garnered a following across his career, whilst critics said his capabilities came from cold reading

00:21:00 Skeptical News

Guidelines to achieve more in health:
https://epha.org/joint-statement-europe-lets-do-more-for-health/

Update on the current state of measles – terrible news:
http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-ukraine-cases-among-adults-increase-76961/amp/

New measles outbreak in Spain:
http://outbreaknewstoday.com/measles-outbreak-reported-tortosa-catalonia-93211/amp/

The Academy urges large scale reforms in education:
https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/05/07/az_akademia_komoly_kritikat_mondott_a_magyar_oktatasugyrol/

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/18/osteopaths-chiropractors-back-pain-whose-spine-is-it-anyway

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/evidence/

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/rigvir-another-unproven-and-highly-dubious-cancer-therapy-to-be-avoided/

https://index.hu/tudomany/2018/05/07/az_ellen_nem_ved/

One of the top universities to shut down:http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/hungarian-scientists-are-edge-country-poised-force-out-top-university

00:59:52 Really Wrong

Really Wrong: IKEA claims plants are hurt if verbally bullied

01:08:44 Quote

“Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist.”
/Lise Meitner – Austrian-Swedish physicist/

01:09:23 Outro

01:10:39 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #123 – Enrico Zabeo

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On this Episode:

This week we interviewed Italian skeptic and podcaster Enrico Zabeo, who’s one of the founders and hosts of Radio CICAP, the official podcast for the Italian skeptical organisation CICAP.

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

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

Show notes:

00:00:07: INTRO

00:00:35: Greetings

00:04:18: Interview with Enrico Zabeo

00:36:47: Farewell

00:39:55: Outro

00:41:09: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #122 – The Illuminati, vaccination news, exorcism, bad doctors and Factfulness

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

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

00:07:57 This Week in Skepticism

00:17:10 Skeptical News

00:49:43 Really Wrong

00:53:21 Quote

“The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
/Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles/

00:54:28 Outro

00:55:43 Out-takes

Episode #121 – Dan Katz and Cognitive Behavioral Theory

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We talk to Swedish renowned Psychologist and Skeptic, Dan Katz. Dan specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has a very cool book out which is on its way to be translated into several languages: “The Lizard in Your Head”. He is also a member of the Swedish Skeptics (aka VoF)

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

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

Show notes:

00:00:07: INTRO

00:00:35: Greetings

00:02:09: Interview with Dan Katz

00:45:55: Farewell

00:50:29: Outro

00:51:44: Out-takes

Episode #120 – Homeopathy Awareness Week, anniversaries, awards and Fact-checking Day

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It was Homeopathy (and Chiropractic) Awareness Week, but wee had a lot of other stuff like anniversaries and awards to talk about on this episode, including 2 years of Information Netzwerk Homeopathie with Natalie Grams, 6 years of both ComCept running skeptical activism in Portugal and Spanish Skeptics running the show Pensando Críticamente.
Also, ComCept just announced their Flying Unicorn Awards, whilst CICAP has announced that there would be a CICAPfest held this year in Padova. In France, physicians appeal to get rid of alternative medicine, and in Italy, Massimo Polidoro recently launched his new video series on YouTube!
Let’s go nuts and follow Virgin Galactic on their journey to space tourism, but don’t forget Mark Zuckerberg’s promises to keep fighting against false information and brainwashing with Facebook.

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

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Various updates; Updates from around Europe; Quote; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:00: Intro

00:00:27: Greetings

00:02:25: Updates from around Europe

00:40:55: Quote

​”I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke

00:41:56: Outro

00:43:04: Out-takes

Episode #119 – Polio, Hungarian Election, and BS Statistics

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This week Brian Eggo sits in for Jelena as we talk about Hungarian elections, a medium shocked to discover that people sometimes commit fraud, HIV deniers in Russia, Hans Rosling’s last book and how Swedish authorities have been using bullshit data for years without having a clue.

And of course the Pope gets a mention for getting rid of hell (or did he?).

Plus, we celebrate that QED in Manchester is announced for October with The Skeptics Guide to the Universe crew, George Hrab and Helen Arney!

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

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:00: Intro

00:00:27: Greetings

00:07:07: This week in Skepticism

00:12:27: Skeptical News

00:38:28: Really Wrong

00:44:57: Farewell

00:46:27: Outro

00:47:42: Out-takes

Episode #118 – Marko Kovic: Problems in the Skeptical Movement?

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This week we talk to Marko Kovic, social science researcher and former President of the Swiss Skeptics (Skeptiker Schweiz). We discuss his recent blog post “Some problems of the skeptic movement” and talk about possible ways of addressing these issues.

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

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

Show notes:

00:00:07: INTRO

00:00:34: Greetings

00:02:09: Interview with Marko Kovic

00:36:46: Radio spot

00:39:19: Farewell

00:41:45: Outro

00:43:00: Out-takes