Episode #004, feat. Kirill Alferov

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Interview with Kirill Alferov, founder of the Russian Skeptic Society, host of the Skeptic podcast and chief organiser of the first Skeptic Society Conference in Moscow in 2014.
 
Segments:
Intro; Listener feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s new in Europe?; Interview with Kirill Alferov; Logical Fallacies; Interview with Melissa Highton; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes and segment details:
00:00:00
INTRO music
00:00:24
Introduction and greetings
00:00:54
Listener feedback, etc.
00:15:40
Overview of the podcast
00:17:48
On This Day – Died on 30th Dec: Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
00:25:04
What’s on in Europe:
PAST
  1. ComCept 2ndSolstice Conference – Freemasonry (Lisbon, Portugal, 19/12/2015) Conference website (in Portuguese)
FUTURE
  1. Czech Skeptics’ Club (Sisyfos) announces 13th Skepticon in Příbram, Czech Republic (20-22 May 2016) 
  2. QED – Question, Explore, Discover to be held in Manchester, UK (14-16 October 2016)
00:29:08
What’s new in Europe?
  1. Supplement VitaePro (Norway) exposed as unnecessary, expensive and potentially dangerous
  2. Stephen Hawking launches award for Science Communication bearing his name
  3. Spanish scientists condemn pseudoscience in medicine
  4. Swedish Government decides to give Antroposophical “remedies” another six months exception from regulation
  5. Holiday Feasts across Europe: Poppy seeds and drug tests
00:40:25
Interview with Kirill Alferov, founder of the Russian Skeptic Society, host of the Skeptic podcast and chief organiser of the first Skeptic Society Conference in Moscow in 2014.
01:13:50
Logical Fallacies: Argument from authority
01:17:59
Interview with Melissa Highton, Director of the Learning, Teaching and Web services division at the University of Edinburgh
01:30:48
Really Wrong: Pope Francis announces that Mother Teresa is to be canonized.
01:35:17
Quote
“William James used to preach the “will to believe”. For my part, I should wish to preach the “will to doubt” […] what is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.”
 
/Bertrand Russell: Skeptical Essays, 1928/
01:36:19
Outro
01:37:48
Out-takes

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