This week we reflect on the current heatwave and on climate change, we give a shout-out to James Randi who turned 91 this week(!) and Pontus pokes the pope for letting his Archbishops lash out against vulnerable minorities.
In the news it’s confirmed (again) that vaccinations have nothing to do with autism, we hear how Anthroposophy nuts has managed to weasel their way into the University of Basel and how pseudoscience for children is fought by good people in Spain.
Retraction Watch is turning nine years and you should support them and again in Spain there are good forces working against pseudoscience by cleverly promoting policies regarding homeopathy. Finally, we deliver a Really Right award to the Swedish government who as of 1 September has rendered the Anthroposophy-nonsense history in Sweden.
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Right; Radio Spots; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes
Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe
There are heatwaves everywhere and guess what? We are to blame. Edzard Ernst has a new boo out and you can bring your copy to Ghent in a couple of weeks to get it signed!
00:11:19 This Week in Skepticism
On 7 August 1928 James Randi, ‘Grandfather of Skepticism’, was born. Happy birthday and many happy returns!
00:15:14 Pontus Pokes the Pope – In Poland, ‘Rainbow plague’ is the new threat replacing communism.
00:27:08 Skeptical News
INTERNATIONAL: A new study reinforces the conclusion that autism is primarily genetic
SWITZERLAND: A chair of anthroposophical medicine at the University of Basel
SPAIN: Position Statement From The Spanish Association Of Paediatrics Medicines Committee Concerning The Use Of Alternative Medicine And Pseudo-Science In Children
INTERNATIONAL: Retraction Watch turning nine years
SPAIN / EUROPE: Spain wants EU law changed that classifies homeopathy as medicine, and you should help!
00:45:33 Really Right: The end of Anthroposophical ‘medicine’ in Sweden!
00:51:33 Radio Spots
- GSOW, Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia: https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject/
- The Skeptic Zone: http://www.skepticzone.tv/
00:53:45 Closing remarks, Quote and Goodbye
“Once your faith, sir, persuades you to believe what your intelligence declares to be absurd, beware lest you likewise sacrifice your reason in the conduct of your life. In days gone by, there were people who said to us: ‘You believe in incomprehensible, contradictory and impossible things because we have commanded you to; now then, commit unjust acts because we likewise order you to do so.’ Nothing could be more convincing. Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.”
/ François-Marie Arouet, AKA Voltaire, French writer and philosopher/