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TheESP – Ep. #134 – Psychic Taxes, Homeopathy and One Hell of a Bus Ride

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Radio Ad; Farewell and Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:26 Greetings

As Eggman (Brian Eggo) sits in for Andras we examine the latest news which includes Psychic Sally’s taxes, the end to NHS funded homeopathy in England, Russian attitudes to conspiracy theories, the latest measles situation and more.
Also the Pope gets poked about his upcoming Irish visit and Brian gets on bus 666 to Hel (sic).

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

Also check out the on-going Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe, ending 26 August!

00:05:27 This Week in Skepticism

Actress Sylvia Millecam died Aug. 19, 2001 after seeing psychic & alternative healers.

00:13:25 Skeptical News

UK: Psychic Sally hit with almost £3m tax bill

EUROPE: EU Court of Justice declares gene edited crops to be GMO

UK: NHS Bristol ends funding for homeopathy, ending all homeopathy commissioning in England

RUSSIA: Russian beliefs in conspiracies

EUROPE: Measles outbreak updates

UK: A UK parliamentary committee about risks to ‘shared values and the integrity of our democratic institutions’.

POLAND: Take bus 666 to Hel!

00:53:28 Pontus Pokes the Pope: Pope Francis goes to Ireland and still doesn’t care

00:56:30 Really Wrong: Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine

01:01:20 Radio Ad

01:02:32 Farewell and Quote

“There cannot be mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, to remember what he observes, and to seek answers for his unceasing hows and whys about things.”

Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born scientist, inventor and engineer.

01:08:02 Outro

01:09:17 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #132 – Science in trouble, educating politicians & finding pseudoscience

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

We quickly go from ear-candles to ass-candles and then the Pope doesn’t want us to be skeptical. Guess what? We still are…
On this episode you’ll hear some updates on the Hungarian government’s attack on science, how the anti-vax movement causes a lot of trouble in different countries and what we can do to counter them. We also talk about the educational projects that Spanish skeptics run, the NHS landing credit to bogus treatments, a new study showing the negative effects of taking alternative therapies, the journal Homeopathy gaining on their impact factor and the UK parliament aiming to see clearly with regards to scientific misconduct. Terminally ill Laura Brennen campaigns for vaccination that could have saved her.

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

00:11:40 This Week in Skepticism

Born on 26 July 1875: Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist who met and collaborated with Sigmund Freud in Vienna in (1907-13), but then developed his own theories. He also had an interest in UFOs and aliens.

00:16:59 Skeptical News

HUNGARY: The minister of Innovation and Technology doubling down on their attack on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

AUSTRALIA: Example to all countries: Australia to issue monthly fines to parents who don’t vaccinate children

SPAIN: Science in Parliament sessions on their way in Madrid

UK: NHS lending credit to bogus treatments

EUROPE: Measles outbreak updates

INTERNATIONAL: Cancer patients using alternative therapies twice as likely to die

UK: The journal Homeopathy sees its impact factor risen by 52%

SPAIN: ‘Stop pseudoscience’ campaign kicks off on Twitter again

UKRAINE: Diphteria outbreak in Ukraine

IRELAND: Does Ireland need a dedicated body to fight pseudoscience

UK: House of commons committee on Science and Technology wants clear picture of misconducts at research insitutes

SPAIN: Call for fictional stories related to skepticism and critical thinking

00:49:30 Pontus Pokes the Pope: The pope does not like skeptics

00:53:56 Really Right: Terminally ill Laura Brennan promotes vaccine that could’ve saved her

00:57:44Quote

“Scepticism is the first step towards truth.”

/Denis Diderot, French philosopher

00:58:48 Outro

01:00:03 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #128 – 50K€ Homeopathy Challenge, News and Climate Therapy

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Interview with Norbert Aust; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

We comment on Stephen Hawking’s funeral and give a new update on the European statistics for measles (it’s bad).

00:07:10 Short interview with Norbert Aust

We talk to Norbert Aust from the German skeptics (GWUP) and Homeopathy Information Network about their 50K€ Homeopathy Challenge

00:18:43 This Week in Skepticism

James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was a Scottish surgeon and “gentleman scientist”. He was a significant innovator in the treatment of club-foot and an important and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. He is regarded by many as the first genuine “hypnotherapist” and the “Father of Modern Hypnotism”.

00:22:16 Skeptical News

00:40:48 Pontus Pokes the Pope

00:43:05 Really Wrong

00:45:50 Quote

“Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgment upon anything new.”
/ Galileo Galilei, Italian polymath /

00:47:35 Outro

00:48:50 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #126 – Colliding worlds, more measles and Poking the Pope

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope: Really Wrong / Really Right; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Show Notes:
00:00:29 Greetings

Catching up on our slightly erratic release schedule (only two days after the previous episode!):
Jelena takes over the role of host as András is stuck in a hotel somewhere, with WiFi only slightly better than smoke signals. We talk about TEDx in London, while Dobby the skeptical cat argues that you should become a patron of the show.

00:07:13 This Week in Skepticism

Immanuel Velikovsky (10 Jun. 1895 – 17 Nov. 1979), Russian independent scholar best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision published in 1950.

00:14:10 Skeptical News

00:25:10 Pontus Pokes the Pope

00:28:24 Really Wrong / Really Right

00:33:23 Radio Spot

00:34:18 Quote

“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 /

00:35:35 Outro

00:36:50 Out-takes

Episode #106 – Brian Dunning & Science Friction

 

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On this episode:

This week we are happy to bring you an interview with Brian Dunning, who’s been the producer and host of the massively successful Skeptoid podcast and is currently busy with lots of different projects in skepticism, including a book in the making and the crowdfunded project of showing how media usually distorts the opinions of experts they ask and doing a documentary about that. Find out more on sciencefriction.tv and please consider contributing!
Please check out our event page at http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Segments
Intro; Interview; Farewell; Science Friction promo; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:

00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings

00:03:43
Interview with Brian Dunning

00:43:42

Farewell

00:45:06

Science Friction promo 

00:47:36
Outro

00:48:51
Outtakes

Episode #105 – Smallpox, fake news and the Taoiseach is a coward

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In our final episode for 2017 we look back at a skeptical year in Europe. We talk about smallpox, how measles continues to spread and how a prominent skeptic becomes head of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science. We also look into Facebook’s new attempt to fight fake news, how peer review punishes poor research and how Christmas decorations being removed in Italy has nothing to do with muslims.
Lastly the Taoiseach in Ireland failes to take a stand against Scientology, and for that he is Really Wrong.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; The Week in Skepticism; News; Farewell; Outro; Outtakes

Show Notes:

00:00:28 Greetings
Review of 2017 in Europe:

00:16:29 This Week in Skepticism: The Smallpox Retention Controversy

21:39 Skeptical News

00:43:21 Quote
“The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.”
MAX BEERBOHM, British Critic, Essayist, and Caricaturist

00:47:21: Outro

00:48:36: Outtakes

Episode #092

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We are checking in from Wroclaw, where we attended the 17th European Skeptics Congress and recorded a show sitting in a hotel room together.
You can listen to a couple of our short interviews recorded during this wonderful international event with Lesek, Deborah and Daniella. More to be released with upcoming episodes.
We also talk about the changes on the board of ECSO (European Council of Skeptical Organisations).
András is now on the road with Susan Gerbic, Mark Edward and Liubomir Baburov, networking across Europe with the “About Time Tour”.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interviews from the European Skeptics Congress

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. We talk about the European Skeptics Congress, reflect on the event and exchange thoughts and feelings.
  2. European Council of Skeptical Organisations elect the new board and a new president – Claire Klingenberg, who we congratulate and wish all the best! As well as Claire, Andras and Pontus are now also part of the board and will be taking an active part in the work done by ECSO.
  3. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:10:04
Interview with Lesek from Poland
Andras asks Lesek about his experience of the hypnosis on stage and how he got affected by it. During the congress Jakub Kroulik performed the seance of mass hypnosis and tried to convince the audience that anything can be suggested to the suggestible mind.

00:21:43
Interview with Deborah Hyde
Deborah and Andras talk about the congress, exorcism, the movie on exorcisms screened at the conference and the suggestibility of the human mind.

00:35:15
Interview with Daniella from Germany

00:37:45
Farewell

00:43:50
Outro

00:45:05
Out-takes

Episode #085, feat. Leo Igwe

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This week Pontus and Jelena talks about news and have an interview with the humanist Leo Igwe, speaker at the upcoming European Skeptcis Congress in Poland. Nicola Throp of the Measeyside Skeptics also comes on to tell us all about QED in Manchester in October.

Leo Igwe is a skeptic and a Nigerian human rights advocate who has played leading roles in the Nigerian Humanist Movement, Atheist Alliance International and the Center For Inquiry – Nigeria. For many years he represented IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union) at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and generally in Western and Southern Africa. He specialized in campaigning against child witchcraft accusations and have researched this topic at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

In the news segments we revisit an old Really Wrong winner who is now being extradited to Australia, GWUP warns about a German fake news site and in Ireland, the falling HPV vaccination rates will lead to an increase in cervical cancer.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback with Nicola Throp; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Interview with Leo Igwe; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:35
Greetings & feedback with Nicola Throp

  • To find out more about QED and to sign up go to qedcon.org
  • Check out our calendar page for skeptical events in Europe

00:09:01
This Week in Skepticism
The Lakenheath-Bentwaters Incident

00:15:15
Skeptical News

  1. UK: Xiao Hongchi to be sent to Australia for criminal investigation
  2. GERMANY: Fake news site
  3. IRELAND: HSE Ireland is concerned about low HPV vaccination rates in the UK

00:25:12
Interview with Leo Igwe

00:56:56
Skeptical Ads

00:58:32
Really Right:

The Edinburgh Skeptics for organising Skeptics on the Fringe

01:01:22
Quote:
“In order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life, to doubt, as far as possible, of all things”
/René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician and scientist/

01:02:34
Outro

01:03:49
Out-takes

Episode #083

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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.

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

  • If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.
  • Don’t forget to cast your vote before 31st July for the John Maddox Prize 2017 for standing up for science.

00:14:19
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Karl R. Popper (Born 28th July 1902 in Vienna) Philosopher of Science

00:18:52
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Myths about suicide
  2. SPAIN: New book recommended by Spanish Skeptics
  3. UK: New Tory MEP a crackpot?
  4. INTERNATIONAL: Is chemotherapy really proven to help cancer spread in your body? (Not)
  5. ITALY: Demonstration attendance numbers against new Italian vaccine regulations exaggerated
  6. ITALY: New research concerning the Shroud of Turin?

00:57:02
Really Wrong:

The Catholic Church for abusing children

01:03:41
Skeptical Ads

01:06:13
Quote

“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’/

01:07:10
Outro

01:08:24
Out-takes

Episode #080, feat. Diego Fontanive

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Diego Fontanive

On this episode our guest was Diego Fontanive, who’s the founder of the EOF Project (End of Fear) that aims to understand our epistemic acceptances and apply meta-cognition in order to achieve a better understanding of our flaws, memetic choices and ways of getting it all wrong.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Diego Fontanive; Farewell; Outro

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

VoF is offering 15 free tickets for the 17th European Skeptics Congress to its members. Find out about the details here (in Swedish only).

Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism.

00:07:13
Interview with Diego Fontanive

01:01:27
Farewell

01:03:21
Outro