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TheESP – Ep. #167 – Notre-Dame, Measles quadruples and Hungary wants to control Facebook

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This week we discuss the Notre-Dame fire before we celebrate this week’s icon, the Hungarian astronomer and skeptic Iván Almár. The Measles epidemic is getting even worse with the WHO showing a 300% global increase so far this year, Metabiota has launched a new website for tracking epidemics, Anthroposophs claim to be for vaccinations (they’re really not) and the Hungarian government wants to control Facebook.
Also, the “Finns party” switches to a new conspiracy theory when the old one is not attractive enough, the MMR vaccine does NOT cause diabetes and Brussels thinks 5G testing is using people as Guinea pigs. We learn (again) that stop eating sugar does not cure cancer and we give a shout-out to the Portuguese skeptics, ComCept, that are now on Patreon.
We close the show by saluting one of the champions of keeping the Internet a little bit saner: Snopes.com

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Really Right; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:51 Greetings

We discuss the fire at Notre-Dame and ask you to support Rectraction Watch and also talk about the latest Skeptical Club in Budapest who debated how science fiction can shape society.

00:21:35 This Week in Skepticism

Iván Almár, born 21st April 1932. He is an Hungarian astronomer and prominent figure of SETI and the Hungarian skeptic movement.

00:26:32 Skeptical News

FRANCE: Good news: Measles cases go down in France

INTERNATIONAL: Bad news: The number of measles cases globally quadruple in 2019

INTERNATIONAL: Metabiota launches new epidemic tracker website

INTERNATIONAL: Are Anthroposophy enthusiasts for or against vaccinations?

HUNGARY: Facebook vs Hungarian government – who will win?

FINLAND: Right wing party switches to new conspiracy theory after old one loses attraction

UK: Diabetes claimed on Facebook post to be a side effect of MMR. It is not.

EU: Brussels puts 5G testing on hold in case it’s harmful

UK: Stopping all sugar intake won’t cure cancer

PORTUGAL: ComCept goes onto Patreon

01:01:04 Really Right

Snopes.com are Really Right for relentlessly debunking stupidity – most recently about Notre-Dame.

01:04:45 Quote and Goodbye
“Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.”
/ Jules Verne, French writer pioneering science-fiction – Quote from Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) /

01:07:28 Outro

01:08:43 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #160 – Jay Novella & The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

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On this Episode:

This week we’re joined by Jay Novella for an interview in which we talk about his new position as a full-time employee of SGU Productions, what it means for the movement and The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe project, how to approach podcasting and other ventures, stuff about writing a skeptical book that hits best-seller lists and a lot of other things including Star Trek and the crew’s fun-filled side project, Alpha Quadrant 6.

Please also check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview with Jay Novella; Closing remarks; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:07: Intro

00:00:35: Greetings

00:02:53: Interview with Jay Novella

01:09:26: Closing remarks

01:14:28: Outro

01:15:43: Out-takes

Episode #055

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Jelena and Pontus take over while András is off to Italy for the week. We talk about a planet that was not there, access to scientific journals, religion in the Netherlands, the new Ebola vaccine, IT power consumption and how it is the season for detox scams. Plus the Sunk-cost fallacy and why Greenpeace is really wrong about GMO.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s On in Europe?; What’s Hot in Europe?; Logical Fallacy; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings & feedback

00:07:48
On This Day: 2nd January
2 January 1860 – The French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences) announced the discovery of the planet Vulcan, orbiting between Mercury and the Sun. Later the planet turned out not to exist.

00:14:47
What’s on in Europe?
Check out our “Events in Europe” calendar!

00:16:31
Hot in Europe

      1. Thousands of German researchers set to lose access to Elsevier journals
      2. 50% officially not religious in the Netherlands
      3. Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use
      4. New studies show world IT is consuming less power
      5. Have yourself a merry little detox

00:37:43
Logical Fallacy: Sunk-Cost Fallacy

00:41:01
Really Wrong
Greenpeace for their position on GMO

00:49:02
Quote
“The acquisition of knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”
/Leonardo da Vinci/

00:50:42
Outro

00:51:55
Out-takes