This week Pontus and András are joined by Brian Eggo who sits in for Jelena while she’s on a European motorbike trip.
We talked about Karl Popper’s philosophical system of scientific discovery, how much of what we think of suicide is actually true, why simplicity is not the ultimate goal in understanding science, how the Tories in the UK just sent a crackpot to the EP, why news regarding the dangers of chemotherapy are probably untrue, how much of the Italian demonstrations against the new vaccination strategies are exaggerated and why caution is required when talking about new research on the Shroud of Turin.
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This Week in Skepticism
Sir Karl R. Popper (Born 28th July 1902 in Vienna) Philosopher of Science
- INTERNATIONAL: Myths about suicide
- Samaritans Suicide Myths page: http://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/myths-about-suicide
- WHO Suicide Rates by Country: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.MHSUICIDE?lang=en
- SPAIN: New book recommended by Spanish Skeptics
- Escepticos: Against simplicity in Science and Pseudoscience (in Spanish)
- UK: New Tory MEP a crackpot?
- INTERNATIONAL: Is chemotherapy really proven to help cancer spread in your body? (Not)
- ITALY: Demonstration attendance numbers against new Italian vaccine regulations exaggerated
- ITALY: New research concerning the Shroud of Turin?
The Catholic Church for abusing children
- The 17th European Skeptics Congress
- The Skeptic Zone Podcast
- Glasgow Skeptics
“Science is always simple and always profound. It is only the half-truths that are dangerous.”
/George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright in ‘The Doctor’s Dilemma’/