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Archive of past episodes of TheESP – European Skeptics Podcast

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

 

 

Episode #060, feat. Tomasz Witkowski

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Tomasz Witkowski

Photo taken by Maksymilian Sielicki and is used under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

On this episode we talk about the rise of the antivaccination movement in Europe and interview Polish psychologist, science writer and science educator, Tomasz Witkowski, who’s the author of two very important skeptical books on psychology: ‘Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Sides of Science and Therapy’ and ‘Psychology Led Astray: Cargo Cult in Science and Therapy’. He is also one of the founders of the Polish Skeptic Club and a member of the organising committee of the 17th European Skeptics Congress that will be held in Wroclaw, Poland in September 2017.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Tomasz Witkowski; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback

00:11:44
Interview with Tomasz Witkowski

00:53:01
Farewell

00:55:33
Outro

00:56:48
Out-takes

Episode #059

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This week we are talking about whether Nutella contains a known carcinogen, how the number of autism cases is not on the rise, vaccination against chicken pox called to be made mandatory in Hungary, An interview with Prof. Edzard Ernst on the website of CSI, EvoKids making their brilliant video on evolution available in German, English and Turkish and the Good Thinking Society’s next take on acupuncture.

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

00:00:25
Greetings & feedback

00:08:28
This Week in Skepticism
Grandmother Vanga (Bulgarian: баба Ванга) (born 31st January 1911 – died 11th August 1996).

00:18:46
Skeptical News

  1. Great educational video explaining evolution now available in several languages (German, English, Turkish)
  2. The Goodthinking Society’s take on acupuncture
  3. Mandatory vaccination against chicken pox in a Hungarian city
  4. Claims of Nutella containing a known carcinogen are false
  5. No evidence of increase in ASD rates around the world
  6. Kylie Sturgess’ interview with Prof Edzard Ernst on the website of CSI

00:36:42
Logical Fallacy: Red Herring

00:40:41
Really Wrong
Really Right: The Guardian for debunking cancer myths

00:46:34
Radio Spots

00:47:29
Quote
“The method of viewing things which proceeds in accordance with the principle of sufficient reason is the rational method, and it alone is valid and of use in practical life and in science. The method which looks away from the content of this principle is the method of genius, which is only valid and of use in art.”
/Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher/

00:49:24
Outro

00:50:39
Out-takes

Episode #058, feat. Michael Motskin (Pint of Science)

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Michael Motsking and Praveen Paul

This week we interviewed Michael Motskin, who’s the co-founder and Managing Director of the international science festival, Pint of Science.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Michael Motskin; Goodbye; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:34
Greetings & feedback
Skeptic Events Calendar

00:06:13
Interview with Michael Motskin

00:27:49
Farewell

00:29:44
Outro

00:30:59
Out-takes

Episode #057

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With minor changes having taken effect in the segments of our podcast, here we are with a new episode on which we talked about an Italian psychic, Facebook taking on fake news, Science Busters releasing the video featuring James Randi, Wikipedia vs Acupuncturist, Swedish skeptical awards announced and Retraction Watch having had a great year!

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

00:00:36
Greetings & feedback

00:05:22
This Week in Skepticism
21st January 1854 – Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritualist physical medium.

00:17:54
Skeptical News

  1. Facebook Takes on Fake News
  2. Science Buster Spezial: James Randi and the Heinz Oberhummer Award 2016
  3. Wikipedia vs Acupuncturist
  4. Swedish Skeptics announce yearly awards
  5. Retraction Watch year-end review

00:42:25
Logical Fallacy: Tokenism

00:48:37
Really Wrong
Swedish Democrats denying climate change

00:59:28
Radio Spots

01:00:57
Quote
“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes.”
/Nikola Tesla – Serbian-American inventor, engineer/

01:01:27
Outro

01:02:42
Out-takes

Episode #056, feat. Richard Saunders

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Richard Saunders

(The photo was taken by Susan Gerbic at the New Zealand Skeptic conference in 2016 and is used under CC BY-SA 4.0 licence)

This week we interview Richard Saunders, international podcaster and skeptical activist from Australia. We also present some changes to the format of the show based on the listener survey.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Richard Saunders; Goodbye; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings & feedback
Skeptic Events Calendar

00:07:41
Interview with Richard Saunders

00:36:29
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

00:37:21
Farewell

00:38:12
Outro

00:39:27
Out-takes

Episode #055

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Jelena and Pontus take over while András is off to Italy for the week. We talk about a planet that was not there, access to scientific journals, religion in the Netherlands, the new Ebola vaccine, IT power consumption and how it is the season for detox scams. Plus the Sunk-cost fallacy and why Greenpeace is really wrong about GMO.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s On in Europe?; What’s Hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings & feedback

00:07:48
On This Day: 2nd January
2 January 1860 – The French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences) announced the discovery of the planet Vulcan, orbiting between Mercury and the Sun. Later the planet turned out not to exist.

00:14:47
What’s on in Europe?
Check out our “Events in Europe” calendar!

00:16:31
Hot in Europe

      1. Thousands of German researchers set to lose access to Elsevier journals
      2. 50% officially not religious in the Netherlands
      3. Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use
      4. New studies show world IT is consuming less power
      5. Have yourself a merry little detox

00:37:43
Logical Fallacy: Sunk-Cost Fallacy

00:41:01
Really Wrong
Greenpeace for their position on GMO

00:49:02
Quote
“The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”
/Leonardo da Vinci/

00:50:42
Outro

00:51:55
Out-takes