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Archive of past episodes of TheESP – European Skeptics Podcast

TheESP – Ep. #158 – Rosalind Franklin, Goop on Netflix and age-old drinking myth debunked

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We bring you news and stories from the world of skepticism again this week, including:
Rosalind Franklin’s namesake rover to go to Mars to look for traces of life, Philippe de Cherisey and the Priory of Sion hoax, a lying pope, a German court rejecting a claim for CAM to be offered as part of a benefit system, Goop to come to Netflix, causing outrage among skeptics, “Vaxxed II – The People’s Truth” on its way to make things even worse, while the measles epidemic goes truly global. Meanwhile, German researchers prove that it doesn’t matter whether you drink wine or beer first, the result is the same (if you drink enough). And finally, fanatically religious Spanish citizens stopping the setup of a statue of the devil…

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

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

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:49 Greetings

Rosalind Franklin‘s namesake rover goes to Mars to look for traces of life.

00:06:54 This Week in Skepticism

On 13 February 1923, Philippe de Cherisey was born.

00:15:21 Pontus Pokes the Pope

Defrocking ex-cardinal McCarrick, Francis is lying and nuns were kept as sex slaves:

00:23:04 Skeptical News

GERMANY: Court rejects claim for subsidisation on various herbal and alternative medicinal products

INTERNATIONAL: Goop: Netflix gives platform Gwyneth Paltrow’s dangerous BS

INTERNATIONAL: Vaxxed II indiegogo campaign on its way

INTERNATIONAL: The measles epidemic is truly a global

GERMANY: German scientists bust an age-old myth about whether to drink beer or wine first to avoid hangovers

00:54:02 Really Wrong

SPAIN: Religious citizens tries to stop statue of the devil

00:59:20 Radio spots

01:01:32 Quote
“But you look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralizing 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. Science, for me, gives a partial explanation of life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.”
/Rosalind Franklin British chemist and X-Ray Christallographer/

01:03:34 Outro

01:04:49 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #157 – Oliver Lodge, 10 years of Merseyside Skepticism and more Macchiarini

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The band is back together for a new week of skeptical reports.
On this week: Oliver Lodge did not manage to prove psychics right, Pope Francis still believes in in celibacy (although his priests do not seem to), Natalie Grams is awarded Die Goldenen Blogger Prize, PSIRAM starts a skeptical blog series, Merseyside Skeptics celebrates 10 years in July and Spanish researchers (nobody expects the Spanish researchers!) tries to convince us about homeopathy.
Meanwhile, nobody has noticed(!) that the Macchiarini investigation has gone missing.
Enjoy!

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

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

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:51 Greetings

Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward are coming to the UK in April. Stewart Adams, inventor of a working(!) hangover cure, Ibuprofen, dies a 95.

00:05:55 This Week in Skepticism

On 10 February 1947, Oliver Lodge‘s last letter was opened, failing to prove that psychics are real. https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/science-and-technology/physics-biographies/sir-oliver-joseph-lodge

00:16:58 Pontus Pokes the Pope

Pope agrees with pope: Celebacy is “more important than life“. Sex abuse investigator of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Hermann Geissler, is (surprise, surprise) a sex offender himself and has to leave his position. Obviously he didn’t get the memo.

00:25:04 Skeptical News

GERMANY: Natalie Grams wins Die Goldenen Blogger Prize

GERMANY: The PSIRAM blog just launched a series of skeptical articles (Guide for Skeptics)

UK: Merseyside Skeptics celebrating 10 years (and what a fruitful 10 years it has been)

SPAIN: Spanish researchers publish seemingly convincing study on Homeopathy

00:38:10 Really Wrong:

SWEDEN: The Macchiarini investigation has gone missing

00:43:07 Radio spots

00:44:51 Quote
“We must trust to nothing but facts: These are presented to us by Nature, and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.”
/ Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, French chemist.

00:47:09 Outro

00:48:24 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #156 – Edzard Ernst, Click to Pray, deaths by pseudotherapies and vaccination news

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This week we bring you lots news and topics from across Europe including Annika Merkelbach’s interview on Skeptical Inquirer’s website with Natalie Grams, whose book has just been published in English, Edzard Ernst‘s birthday, a praying application issued by the Vatican called “Click to Pray“, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee to deal with reported non-reportings of clinical trials, a great achievement by Ben Goldacre and the AllTrials campaign (one of the great projects of Sense about Science), how 1 on 20 adults in Britain do not believe the Holocaust actually happened, a Spanish report estimating deaths by pseudotherapies, BARF – special food for your pets as part of the raw food movement, a dangerous book just published with the title ‘Healing Cancer: A Homeopathic Approach’, the Ministry of Health in Ukraine finally taking action to tackle the measles epidemic in the country and the Swedish government deciding to finally include Chicken pox vaccinations in the national program.

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

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

00:00:26 Intro

00:00:51 Greetings

00:03:51 This Week in Skepticism

Edzard Ernst, born 30 January 1948.

00:10:25 Pontus Pokes the Pope

God comes on-line: Francis launches “Click to Pray“.
Plus what to look out for before the Bishops meeting in February.

00:16:23 Skeptical News

UK: House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on board with AllTrials done by universities to be reported

UK: Holocaust remembrence day: New poll finds one in 20 adults in Britain do not believe it happened

SPAIN: Estimation of how many deaths could be traced back to pseudotherapies

DENMARK / GERMANY: BARF for your pets!

INTERNATIONAL: Healing Cancer: A Homeopathic Approach

UKRAINE: Finally, actual action plans by the Ministry of Health to tackle disaster

00:47:47 Really Right:

SWEDEN: Chickenpox vaccinations to (finally) be included in national program

00:52:03 Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

00:53:34 Quote
“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”
/ Immanuel Kant,German philosopher

00:54:34 Outro

00:55:49 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #155 – Bacon, probiotics, the danger of acupuncture and the rise of anti-fluoridation

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This week we’re back to bring you news and info about a wide range of topics including Francis Bacon and his importance in the development of #science, how the ‘good pope’ John Paul II was a misogynist, why we admire the works of Sense about Science so much and how they came up with yet another campaign that deserves much attention (the ‘Evidence Hunter Activity Pack’), how facilitated communication is a thing in Sweden despite all the evidence that suggests it does not work at all, why we should be cautious with consuming #probiotics (thanks to Prof. Edzard Ernst for the heads up), plus Skepkon 2019, the German annual conference for skeptics organised by gwup | die skeptiker is coming up, while a Swedish acupuncturist is on trial for almost killing two patients and the county of Killarney in Ireland calls to remove #fluoride from drinking water, despite the lack of any indications that it could be harmful (while its benefits are many).

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

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

00:00:00 Intro

00:00:27 Greetings

00:04:33 This Week in Skepticism

Francis Bacon: English philosopher and Statesman, born on 22 January 1561.

00:09:54 Pontus Pokes the Pope

John Paul II once refused to shake Irish President’s hand because she was not a man, and Cardinal Arborelius threatens to leave Swedish Missionary Council because of abortions.

00:16:28 Skeptical News

UK: New educational material developed by Sense About Science: Evidence Hunter Activity Pack

SWEDEN: Facilitated communication

INTERNATIONAL: Probiotics are not risk free

GERMANY: Tickets released for SkepKon 2019

SWEDEN: Acupuncturist on trial for almost killing two customers

00:38:28 Really Wrong: IRELAND: Killarney Council wants to ban water flouridation

00:41:07 Farewell

00:43:04 Quote
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
/Francis Bacon

00:43:54 Outro

00:45:09 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #154 – Parli.co with Turi Munthe

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On this Episode:

This time with a very interesting interview with Turi Munthe (@turi), founder of Parli.co. Parli is a new web resource aiming to (yes it’s ambitious!) document all opinions in the world.
Give it a listen! It’s not as crazy as it may sound and it has potential to become a great asset for skeptics.

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

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview with Julia Offe; Closing remarks; Wikipedia spot; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: Intro

00:00:33: Greetings

00:02:14: Interview with Turi Munthe

00:36:31: Farewell

00:39:37: Outro

00:40:52: Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #153 – New year resolutions, dating the World and standing up for Science

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Two weeks into the new year, our first episode of 2019 is finally hear and we can only hope it was worth the wait.
With the whole team together again, we are bringing you topics related to the New Year, including resolutions and hangovers, plus some science history and how James Ussher determined the age of the world (incorrectly), how Pope Francis tries to talk about families when the church is in turmoil over sex abuse scandals, a design company standing up for science in Italy, where the resigning head of the National Institute of Health slams the anti-science government, organ donation becoming opt-out in Ireland, Natalie Grams getting a nomination for the Golden Blogger award with her Twitter account, a new petition to sue French government over inaction on Climate change, Edzard Ernst‘s new book SCAM coming out in German, a new Spanish award for standing up for Science, an update on Measles and Vetenskap och Folkbildning announcing winners of the Enlightener and Bewilderer of the Year awards.

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

Show Notes:

00:00:00 Intro

00:00:27 Greetings

00:16:08 This week in Skepticism

00:24:09 Pontus Pokes the Pope
The (52nd) “World day of Peace”

00:28:01 Skeptical News

00:51:42 Really Wrong

SWEDEN: Bewilderer of the year 2018: Thomas Erikson
https://www.vof.se/blogg/arets-folkbildare-och-forvillare-2018/

00:57:39 Quote and Farewell

00:59:35 Outro

01:00:48 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #152 – Year End 2018

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A bit of a different episode this week, released on the last day of the year to remind our listeners (and ourselves) of the most important things that happened in 2018. Lots of interesting stuff and also what to look forward to in 2019.
We wish you all a really Happy New Year, and we’ll be seeing you!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Checking in with András; Woo in 2018; Skeptical initiatives 2018; Skeptical Awards 2018; QED; The ESP highlights of 2018; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:00 Intro

00:00:28 Greetings

00:04:44 Checking in with András

00:11:06 Woo in 2018

00:13:53 Skeptical Initiatives in 2018

  1. Natalie Grams: Her book now available in English
  2. Massimo Polidoro: Strane Storie
  3. ProVaxx Challenge:  Czech Skeptics
  4. Factfulness: Hans Rosling’s Posthumous Book

00:15:56 Skeptical Awards in 2018

00:21:26 QED – Question, Explore Discover 2018

00:24:28 The ESP Highlights of 2018

00:36:15 Outro

00:37:30 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #151 – Newton’s birthday, the Pope’s promise, CICAP’s new chapter & Xmas in Sweden

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

Show Notes:
00:00:00 Intro

00:00:28 Greetings

00:06:36 This Week in Skepticism

  • Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642), brilliant figure of science and a keen alchemist.

00:12:29 Pontus Pokes the Pope

Pope: Church Will ‘Never Again’ Cover Up Clergy Sex Abuse.

00:19:13 Skeptical News from around Europe

  1. Italy: A new chapter of CICAP
  2. Ukraine: Measles epidemic is still here
  3. Spain: Spanish chiropractors fear for their jobs
  4. Sweden: Christmas is NOT renamed ‘Winter Celebration’

00:28:38 Skeptical Christmas Songs

00:29:17 Quote

“We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. To this purpose the philosophers say that Nature does nothing in vain, and more is in vain when less will serve; for Nature is pleased with simplicity, and affects not the pomp of superfluous causes.”
1st rule (of 4) of scientific reasoning
/Isaac Newton, The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1687), 3rd edition (1726)/

00:32:09 Outro

00:33:23 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #150 – Antivax Italian politicians, Russian homeopathy and baby acupuncture

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

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Intro

00:00:55 Greetings

00:06:16 This Week in Skepticism

1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or “Moonwalk” of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon (or any other planetary body outside Earth).

00:09:45  Pontus Pokes the Pope

Cardinal George Pell in court for charges of sexual misconduct towards children.

00:15:58 Skeptical News from around Europe

  1. Italy: Italy’s anti-vax health minister fires 30 experts from Higher Health Council
  2. Russia: Homeopathy in disguise
  3. Sweden: Macchiarini charged in court after all
    • https://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/overaklagaren-fattar-beslut-om-paolo-macchiarini/
  4. UK: Charity Commission publishes new guidelines for CAM charities
  5. Spain: The Skeptical Circle of Spain announces winners of the Pepe Cervera and the José Carlos Pérez Cobo prize.
  6. Sweden: Baby Acupuncture against Colic
  7. Belgium: Belgian authorities investigate case of autistic woman’s euthanasia

00:43:20 Really Right

  • Ovidiu Covaciu, educating people about vaccinations in a Facebook group.

00:46:38 Quote

“We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful.”
/Taylor Swift, American singer and songwriter/

00:48:01 Outro

00:49:16 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep #149 – Julia Offe

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On this Episode:

This week Pontus and Jelena talks to German Science Communicator and Skeptic Julia Offe. Julia Offe has a PhD in molecular biology and is active within GWUP, the German Skeptics. We talk about the recently announced “Das Goldenes Bretts”-awards and other GWUP activities, as well as the Science Slam events that Julia is promoting in many different places with huge turnouts.

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

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview with Julia Offe; Closing remarks; Wikipedia spot; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: Intro

00:00:34: Greetings

00:03:11: Interview with Julia Offe

00:38:09: Closing remarks

00:45:41: Radio Spot

00:47:16: Farewell

00:47:48: Outro

00:49:03: Out-takes