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Episode #079

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This week we talk about Swedish Skeptics treating their members to 15 tickets to the European Skeptics Congress and how we were interviewed by Skeptical Inquiry before we talk about the famous Oxford Evolution debate. Then we dive into skeptical news around Europe talking about homeopathy being debunked (which does not impress the Homeopathic World Congress), The Good Thinking Society, antivax-sentiments in Italy and Switzerland, mistletoe therapy in Austria, Chinese medicine in Hungary, 30 years of skepticism in Spain, Brian Dunnings new film Principles of Curiosity and how the EU Court of Justice believes science can be ruled on in courts.

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. VoF (Swedish Skeptics) to have a ticket lottery for members to the ESC 2017
  2. The ESP interviewed for Skeptical Inquiry
  3. If you’re interested in the events happening across Europe, please visit our calendar page.

00:07:45
This Week in Skepticism
The Oxford Evolution debate (30th June 1860)

00:17:44
Skeptical News

  1. INTERNATIONAL: Homeopathy – no need for further discussion
  2. GERMANY: Homeopathy World Congress in Leipzig
  3. UK: Have your say on NHS homeopathy funding in Enfield
  4. GERMANY: German BPI’s stance on homeopathy
  5. ITALY: People on the streets over mandatory vaccination in Italy?
  6. SWITZERLAND: Vaxxed goes to Switzerland
  7. AUSTRIA: Misteltoe therapy on public health provider in Austria?
  8. HUNGARY: Hungarian government funding the launch of a Traditional Chinese Medicine institution at a prestigious medical university
  9. SPAIN: ARP-SAPC – 30 years of skeptical activism
  10. INTERNATIONAL: Principles of Curiosity is out

00:41:53
Really Wrong:

EU Court of Justice

00:48:14
Skeptical Ads

00:49:30
Quote

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”
/Thomas Henry Huxley, British Biologist/

00:50:32
Outro

00:51:47
Out-takes

Episode #78, feat. Luigi Garlaschelli

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This week’s episode is dedicated to our interview with Italian chemist, skeptic and paranormal investigator Luigi Garlaschelli, who has investigated and debunked many miraculous claims, including weeping Madonnas, stigmata, the blood of San Gennaro and the Shroud of Turin.

Andras also announces a road trip between the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland and CICAPfest2017 in Cesena, Italy in September 2017.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Luigi Garlaschelli; Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

Andras announces a European road trip between the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Wroclaw, Poland and CICAPfest2017 in Cesena, Italy in September 2017. Please get in touch if you would like to meet Andras, have him and Susan Gerbic for a talk at the local Skeptic’s in the Pub meeting. Please, visit our ‘Events in Europe’ page to see what’s going on across the continent in skepticism. More details to follow.

00:10:31
Interview with Luigi Garlaschelli

00:58:32
Farewell

01:01:46
Outro

01:03:01
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 #076, feat. Susan Gerbic

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Susan Gerbic

This week’s episode is dedicated to our latest interview with Susan Gerbic, the Wikipediatrician, who’s the leader of the international project called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. We talked about what’s new, how people can join and help the movement and what public engagements Susan has in the coming months.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Susan Gerbic; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

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

00:11:57
Interview with Susan Gerbic

00:54:29
Farewell

00:55:58

00:56:41
Outro

00:57:56
Out-takes

Episode #070, feat. Bethania Palma from Snopes.com

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Bethania Palma

This week’s episode is entirely dedicated to our interview with Snopes.com fact checker and journalist, Bethania Palma. We also talked about March for Science across Europe.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Bethania Palma; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:33
Greetings & feedback

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

00:13:12
Interview with Bethania Palma

00:49:38
Farewell

00:52:51
Outro

00:54:06
Out-takes

Episode #068, feat. Sofie Vanthournout

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Sofie Vanthournout

The episode was almost entirely dedicated to our interview with the Director of Sense about Science EU, Sofie Vanthournout. We talked about their upcoming project, Evidence Matters EU, the expansion of the Ask For Evidence campaign to European countries, how to elevate public debate about scientific issues to influence legislation, building a European network and a lot more.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Sofie Vanthournout; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:37
Greetings & feedback

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

00:08:26
Interview with Sofie Vanthournout

00:44:06
Farewell

00:47:30
Outro

00:48:45
Out-takes

Episode #067

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This week we talked about how fake news are a bit more complicated than that, Vaxxed still growing its audience, Rudolf Steiner and his anthroposophy and schools, Massimo Polidoro having a new book out, ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Award, the Carl Sagan Journalism Prize offered by GWUP, the UK’s Charity Commission’s consultations about the charitable status of organisations promoting pseudoscience, the death of the last patient of Paolo Macchiarini’s.
Finally, the British Chiropractic Association wins the Really Wrong price for still “happily promoting bogus treatments”.

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; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

Fake News – It’s a bit more complicated than that.

00:08:50
This Week in Skepticism
Rudolf Steiner, founder of anthroposopy

00:24:06
Skeptical News

  1. Massimo Polidoro has a new book out: The Powers of the Mind
  2. ComCept to award the Flying Unicorn Prize again. And they’re open for suggestions
  3. Carl Sagan Journalist Prize by the GWuP to be awarded to filmmakers
  4. The UK’s Charity Commission consulting with experts to assess the eligibility of organisations actively promoting pseudoscience for the charitable status.
  5. The last of the Macchiarini patients have died

00:34:16
Really Wrong
The British Chiropractic Association for still “happily promoting bogus treatments”.

00:39:36
Radio Spots

00:41:39
Quote
“Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.”
/Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher of Sephardi/Portuguese origin./

00:44:55
Outro

00:46:10
Out-takes

Episode #066, feat. Hayley Stevens

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Hayley Stevens

This week we interviewed award-winning blogger and paranormal investigator Hayley Stevens. We talked about becoming a skeptic after believing, how applying the right way of thinking and the best methods can help us understand how people think, what she thinks of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia and what the nicest approach to debating people might be.

Segments

Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Hayley Stevens; Farewell; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:34
Greetings & feedback

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

00:06:30
Interview with Hayley Stevens

00:55:31
Farewell

00:57:24
Outro

00:58:39
Out-takes

Episode #065

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This week we’re back with the regular segments discussing lots of different topics ranging from Chickenpox, SpaceX, Newton and Fake News to what happened #LastNightInSweden after all, how Bild is fighting falsehoods, March for Science across the world, Global Warming denial, Paleo diet, Metro in Sweden, What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You and more.

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

00:16:01
This Week in Skepticism
Sir Isaac Newton English mathematician, astronomer and physicist

00:24:15
Skeptical News

  1. Bild opens up a new front in the war against fake news and bad journalism
  2. NRK, Norwegian Public Service, tries new system to get quality on-line comments
  3. Climate denier amends Dutch Liberals election programme
  4. “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” now available in Hungarian
  5. Metro Sweden publishes “the Little Viral Monitor” for schools

00:45:32
Logical Fallacy
Subjectivist Fallacy

00:47:30
Really Wrong
Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, Ireland

00:56:14
Radio Spots

00:57:43
Quote
“It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific knowledge of human nature.”

/Harriet Martineau-English scholar, writer and translator who was a friend of Charles Darwin./

00:58:37
Outro

00:59:52
Out-takes

Episode #056, feat. Richard Saunders

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Richard Saunders

(The photo was taken by Susan Gerbic at the New Zealand Skeptic conference in 2016 and is used under CC BY-SA 4.0 licence)

This week we interview Richard Saunders, international podcaster and skeptical activist from Australia. We also present some changes to the format of the show based on the listener survey.

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; Interview with Richard Saunders; Goodbye; Out-takes

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:28
Greetings & feedback
Skeptic Events Calendar

00:07:41
Interview with Richard Saunders

00:36:29
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

00:37:21
Farewell

00:38:12
Outro

00:39:27
Out-takes