In our final episode for 2017 we look back at a skeptical year in Europe. We talk about smallpox, how measles continues to spread and how a prominent skeptic becomes head of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science. We also look into Facebook’s new attempt to fight fake news, how peer review punishes poor research and how Christmas decorations being removed in Italy has nothing to do with muslims.
Lastly the Taoiseach in Ireland failes to take a stand against Scientology, and for that he is Really Wrong.
Intro; Greetings; The Week in Skepticism; News; Farewell; Outro; Outtakes
Review of 2017 in Europe:
- The Good Thinking Society
- Vaccination in Hungary
- Sense About Science
- ECSO – The European Council of Skeptical Organisations
- March for Science
00:16:29 This Week in Skepticism: The Smallpox Retention Controversy
21:39 Skeptical News
- SWEDEN: Measles outbreak in hospital
- SWEDEN: Board member of Swedish Skeptics appointed head of Swedish Royal Academy of Science
- INTERNATIONAL: Facebook – update on fight against fake news
- GERMANY: Former director earns two-year funding ban after misconduct finding
- ITALY: Bolzano Christmas tree removed for muslims?
- 00:37:15 REALLY WRONG: Taoiseach takes no stance against Scientology in Ireland
“The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.”
MAX BEERBOHM, British Critic, Essayist, and Caricaturist