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Episode #081

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This week Jelena and Andras explore the world of skeptical conferences like CICAPFest, the European Skeptics Congress and Skeptics on the Fringe in Edinburgh.
The Loch Ness Monster, the death of Ryke Geerd Hamer (NGM) are also talked about, as well as another country joining the compulsory vaccination club, cancer quack in action again in Hungary, the Familiarity Backfire Effect revised and evolution forced out of Turkey schools.
Also, don’t forget that nominations for the Maddox Prize 2017 are still open!

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. James Randi officially announced to be a guest at CICAPFest 2017
  2. The 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland
  3. Skeptics on the Fringe in Edinburgh
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:06:00
This Week in Skepticism
The Stuart photograph at Loch Ness (14th July 1951)

00:11:57
Skeptical News

  1. GERMANY: Ryke Geerd Hamer is dead
  2. FRANCE: France to follow fellow European countries in making vaccinations mandatory
  3. HUNGARY: Convicted quack launches TV show
  4. SPAIN: A valuable international skeptic network rarely talked about, yet around for 15 years
  5. INTERNATIONAL: New research reveals the backfire effect might not be that much of a problem
  6. UK: Nominations for the Maddox Prize open until 31st July

00:35:03
Really Wrong:

Turkey for making schools stop teaching evolution

00:39:43
Skeptical Ads

00:41:23
Quote

“Modest doubt is call’d the beacon of the wise.”
/William Shakespeare/

00:43:27
Outro

00:44:42
Out-takes

Episode #077

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This week we are coming back with our regular segments featuring topics like the 17th European Skeptics Congress, CICAPfest2017, James Randi’s appearances in Europe, the BMJ being infiltrated by quackery, the harm in using homeopathy (for encephalitis), the latest in the fight against the anti-vaccination movement in Germany and Italy, Spanish skeptics launching a course on how to tackle pseudoscience in the information age, Portuguese skeptics launching a book on how not to be fooled, parents killing their son with gluten-free diet and Denmark repealing their blasphemy law.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. The 17th European Skeptics Congress – Register now!
  2. James Randi in Zürich soon!
  3. CICAPfest 2017
  4. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:10:26
This Week in Skepticism
Evelyn Underhill (died on 15th June 1941).

00:17:44
Skeptical News

  1. The BMJ being infiltrated by quackery
  2. ITALY – Italian boy dies after having been treated for encephalits with homeopathy
  3. ITALY – Italy fighting antivaccination with making jabs compulsory
  4. ITALY – Galileo Prize 2017
  5. GERMANY – Germany fights antivaccination
  6. PORTUGAL – New book out by ComCept (Diana and Joao)
  7. BELGIUM – Baby dies because of gluten free diet

00:37:37
Really Right
Blasphemy law repealed in Denmark

00:40:20
Skeptical Ads

00:41:56
Quote

“Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing”
/Victor Hugo, French writer/

00:43:12
Outro

00:44:27
Out-takes

Episode #063

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On this week’s episode we talk about the antivax movement and what we can do about it, then move on to talking about Derren Brown’s work, whether fortune tellers will be out of Hungarian mainstream TV any time soon, what the problem is with the simplification of science, how Natural News got removed from Google’s indexes, what happened #LastNightInSweden, how some of the reportings of rape attacks in Germany turned out to be fake and a Hungarian quack that finally got convicted.

If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

00:13:38
This Week in Skepticism
Derren Brown British mentalist and illusionist (born 27th February 1971)

00:22:19
Skeptical News

  1. A new attempt to kick fortune tellers out of mainstream media in Hungary
  2. How science being ‘too easy’ can lead to problems with science communication as experts are being ignored
  3. Did Google put Natural News on ‘Black List’?
  4. Trump points to terrorist attack in Sweden that has not happened
  5. Reports in mass sexual assault in Frankfurt turn out to be based on no credible evidence
  6.  Hungarian quack convicted over treating cancer patients

00:59:34
Logical Fallacy
Appeal to the stone (Argumentum ad lapidem)

01:02:42
Really Wrong
Polish Minister of Health Konstanty Radziwill for claiming that smog is not a priority health issue in Poland.

01:05:37
Radio Spot
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (Facebook page)

01:06:32
Quote
“The essence of the scientific method is that it deals with problems as such and thus it seeks solutions, without prejudice or chauvinism. The question we ask is not who’s right, but what the truth is.”
/Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist and Nobel laureate/

01:08:43
Outro

01:09:58
Out-takes

Episode #062, feat. Michael Marshall and Fiona O’Leary

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This episode is entirely dedicated to one topic, which is the latest wrongdoings of the antivaccination campaign, namely the screenings of the pseudo-documentary “Vaxxed – From Cover-up to Catastrophy”.
Our guests, with whom we discussed this issue were Michael Marshall, project director at the Good Thinking Society and activist Fiona O’Leary, founder of Autistic Rights Together.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Michael Marshall; Interview with Fiona O’Leary; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback

00:05:36
Interview with Michael Marshall

00:29:07
Interview with Fiona O’Leary

01:07:49
Farewell

01:10:25
Outro

01:11:40
Out-takes

Episode #060, feat. Tomasz Witkowski

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Tomasz Witkowski

Photo taken by Maksymilian Sielicki and is used under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

On this episode we talk about the rise of the antivaccination movement in Europe and interview Polish psychologist, science writer and science educator, Tomasz Witkowski, who’s the author of two very important skeptical books on psychology: ‘Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Sides of Science and Therapy’ and ‘Psychology Led Astray: Cargo Cult in Science and Therapy’. He is also one of the founders of the Polish Skeptic Club and a member of the organising committee of the 17th European Skeptics Congress that will be held in Wroclaw, Poland in September 2017.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Tomasz Witkowski; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback

00:11:44
Interview with Tomasz Witkowski

00:53:01
Farewell

00:55:33
Outro

00:56:48
Out-takes

Episode #053

 


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This time we talk events, quacks, Christmas, the PISA test, how skeptics sometimes get it wrong, how widespread the belief in alternative medicine is in Hungary and so much more.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; Really Wrong; Quote 

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:04:33
On This Day: 19th December
19th December 1956 – John Bodkin Adams is arrested in connection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 patients.
00:11:09
What’s on in Europe?
00:14:30
Hot in Europe
  1. PISA 2015 results
  2. When skeptics get it wrong
  3. Opinion poll on the acceptance of alternative medicine in Hungary
00:52:41
Really Wrong
“Access Consciousness”
Really Right
The Viral Monitor (“Viralgranskaren”)
 
01:03:33
Quote
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
/Charles Darwin: The Descent of Man/
 
01:05:42
Outro
 
01:06:57
Out-takes

 

 

 

Episode #050, feat. Britt Hermes

Britt Marie Hermes

Along with a usual run-through of feedback and events across Europe in the coming week, this episode is dedicated to our interview with former naturopath Britt Hermes who recently received the 2016 Ockham’s Award in the best blog category. You can also listen to two short interviews (with Bruno Van de Casteele from Belgium and Erno and Tommi from Finland) recorded at QED – Question. Explore. Discover. in the middle of October.

Segments:
Introduction and greetings; Events in Europe; Short interviews from QED; Interview with Britt Hermes; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Introduction and greetings

00:06:50
Events in Europe

00:15:07
QED interviews
00:25:11
Interview with Britt Marie Hermes
01:19:10
Farewell
ESP – Online survey01:21:40
Outro
 
01:22:55
Out-takes