A bit less COVID-19-heavy episode this week with the news that May 2020 saw the highest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere ever recorded and it was also the hottest May ever.
6 years ago, creationism as science in schools was banned in the UK and hallelujah, the Vatican is launching their new channel ‘VatiVision’ and a documentary series ‘The Great Popes’.
In the news this week:
– Nicotine replacement therapy is the new craze among possible COVID-19 treatments lacking evidence of efficacy
– The bad science story of Hydroxychloroquine that shook the world
– Millions seem to believe the Treaty of Trianon expires after 100 years
– People fall for the story of dozens of give-away TVs by Curry’s
– The German Medical Student Association issues a declaration against homeopathy
– Let’s see behind the curtain regarding the ‘Swedish Model’ once again
– Massimo Polidoro launches his Patreon page – with a twist.
This week’s Really Right price goes to Dutch anaesthesiologist Gerald Woerlee for publishing a free book ‘Anesthesia and the Soul’ that helps us understand out-of-body-experiences (OBE).
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; COVID-19 Update; News; Really Right; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes
Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe
Welcome to the start of a hot summer!
0:10:45 This Week in Skepticism
As of June 9, 2014 teaching creationism as science was banned in public schools in the UK
0:21:07 PONTUS POKES THE POPE
Francis is a bigot, plus “watch out Netflix – here comes VatiVision!”
- EU/FRANCE: News about possible nicotine therapy lead to surge of tobacco products
- INTERNATIONAL: Bad science on all sides of Hydroxychloroquine
- HUNGARY: Millions believe the Treaty of Trianon expires after 100 years
- UK: No, nobody is handing out free TVs
- GERMANY: Medical students issue declaration against homeopathy
- SWEDEN: The “Swedish model” may very well have problems – but the reporting of it is even worse
- ITALY: Massimo Polidoro starts his Patreon page – with a twist
1:05:55 REALLY RIGHT
Dutch anaesthesiologist Gerald Woerlee, author of the free book “Anesthesia and the Soul”
1:09:21 QUOTE AND FAREWELL
“I’m comfortable with the unknown — that’s the point of science. There are places out there, billions of places out there, that we know nothing about. And the fact that we know nothing about them excites me, and I want to go out and find out about them. And that’s what science is. So I think if you’re not comfortable with the unknown, then it’s difficult to be a scientist… I don’t need an answer. I don’t need answers to everything. I want to have answers to find.”
/Professor Brian Cox, British physicist, presenter, author and musician/