TheESP – Ep #148 – Antonia de Oñate, Psuedoscience and Brexit fake news

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

Show Notes:
00:00:55 Greetings

This week we first hear about John Tyndall who understood climate change over a 100 years ago and talk about how Francis get things wrong while in Poland.
We then have a short catch up with Spanish skeptical activist Antonia de Oñate, before we dig into the regular news. In here we learn about homeopathy getting a beating in both Hungary and Austria, about a Swedish quack who is also a sex offender, a pro-vaccine campaign in Italy and a rather depressing measles update.
At the end the Daily Mail gets a Really Wrong Award for spreading fake Brexit news.

00:05:14 This Week in Skepticism

John Tyndall (2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) who had discovered the molecular basis of the greenhouse effect

00:08:44  Pontus Pokes the Pope

In this edition of PPP Pontus talks about how Francis goes to Poland, blames children for cancer and gays for pedophilia.

00:14:44 Interview with Antonia de Oñate

00:31:32 Skeptical News from around Europe

  • Hungary: New proposal from the Department of Health to strike homeopathy off the national register of drugs

https://24.hu/belfold/2018/12/01/homeopatia-gyogyszer-torveny/

  • Sweden: Swedish “Kinesiologist” sentenced for sexual abuse

https://www.svd.se/domd-for-sexualbrott-mot-patient

  • Austria: The end of homeopathy in the medical school of University of Vienna

https://edzardernst.com/2018/11/the-end-of-homeopathy-at-the-medical-school-university-of-vienna/

  • World: Ginger: 10,000 times more effective at killing cancer cells than conventional drugs?

https://edzardernst.com/2018/11/ginger-10000-times-more-effective-at-killing-cancer-cells-than-conventional-drugs/

  • Italia: Italian govt running TV ads in favour of vaccination

https://youtu.be/QEKb2CWiqwU

  • World: Measles update

00:53:00 Really Wrong

  • The Really Wrong: Daily Mail fake news: German children banned by EU from sending letters to Santa

https://tompride.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/more-fake-news-from-mainstream-journalists-trying-to-influence-brexit/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6416453/German-children-banned-sending-Christmas-wishlists-Santa-GDPR.html

00:57:54 Quote

“The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them; for then it must sink back into savagery.”/ William Kingdon Clifford

01:00:06 Outro

01:01:21 Out-takes