This week we are bringing you an episode packed with news, important events and topics from all over Europe: Autism Acceptance Month, World Homeopathy Awareness Week, poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests, public opinion and vaccination, the latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland, ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards, Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize, QED: Question. Explore. Discover. announced, nominations open for the British Podcast Awards, call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland, our calendar of skeptic events, an update on the NHS vs homeopathy, Prince Anne backing GM crops, BBC to uphold the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals, an update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions, a researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct in Germany, the German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech, new fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain, El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now, Swiss skeptics open research department, the current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe and a look at how Swedes handle an attack on their capital.
If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Analysis; Really Right; Quote
Greetings & feedback
- Autism Acceptance Month
- World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April) since 2007.
- World Homeopathy Awareness Week
- Poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests
- Snopes.com: Poppy Seeds Alter Drug Test Results?
- Legislation vs public opinion
- The latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland
- WAZ: Vaxxed demonstration in Essen (in German)
- The Irish Times: Discredited English anti-vaccine doctor’s Irish tour criticised
- ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards 2016
- Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize
- QED – Question. Explore. Discover. announced
- QED 2017 between 14-15th October in Manchester (tickets go on sale May 1)
- Nominations open for the British Podcast Awards
- Please, vote for us here! Thanks.
- Call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland
- Register to participate on the website of the ESC
This Week in Skepticism
Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani (Died on 11th April 1903), Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940.
- BBC upholds the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals
- Princess Anne backs GM crops
- Update on the NHS and homeopathy
- The Nightingale Collaboration: NHS Homeopathy: 20 years of decline
- Prof. Edzard Ernst: Why should homeopathic medicines escape the NHS prescribing ban? 10 possible answers
- Prof. Edzard Ernst: My special offer to homeopaths: a free lecture
- An update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions
- UK Government: Consultation on complementary and alternative medicines
- German researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct
- Retraction Watch: German funder bans researcher for five years following misconduct probe
- Retraction Watch: Authors who retract for honest error say they aren’t penalized as a result
- German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech
- New fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain
- El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now…
- Escepticos: El Esceptico #46 Carl Sagan Special is out on the streets (in Spanish)
- Swiss skeptics open a research department
- Skeptiker Schweiz: Our thing: Skeptiker Schweiz launches a Research Department (in German)
- Our episode #017 featuring an interview with Marko Kovic
The current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe
- The website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- UNICEF: Tracking Anti-vaccination Sentiment in Eastern European Social Media Networks (pdf)
- Forbes: Deadly Measles Complication In Kids More Common Than Thought, Highlighting Need For Vax
Swedes for handling an attack in their capital without panic
“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”
/David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist/