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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

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

Episode #054 – Christmas

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This is a Christmas-themed episode with even a few events to talk about. Check it out!

Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; What’s On In Europe?

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:26
Greetings & feedback

00:09:16
What’s On In Europe?

00:52:41
Really Wrong
AI vs people in writing Christmas songs and poems
Artificial Intelligence Christmas song by University of Toronto

00:20:27
True or False?

00:33:07
Quote

00:35:14
Outro

00:36:30
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 #051

 
This time our team is joined by foreign liaison of the Czech Skeptics Club Sisyfos, Claire Klingenberg who talks about the 17th European Skeptics Congress. Then we talk events, quacks, UFOs, OpenTrialsFDA, Santa and much more. Also, our next QED-report features science educator and host of Talk Nerdy and the SGU, Cara Santa Maria.
 
Segments
Intro; Greetings & Feedback; On this day; What’s on in Europe?; What’s hot in Europe?; QED report; Really Wrong; Quote
 
Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music
 
00:00:26
Greetings & feedback
00:14:35
On This Day: 5th December 1952 
The Great Smog of London
00:19:23
What’s on in Europe?
00:24:43
Hot in Europe
  1. The “Viral Monitor”
  2. Don’t tell children Santa exists?
  3. Society of Homeopaths to challenge the Advertising Standards Authority
  4. Death by acupuncture in Norway
  5. UFO hoax – alien invasion of Turkey (and other places)
  6. OpenTrialsFDA finalist for the Open Science Prize
00:57:15
QED-report – Cara Santa Maria
01:14:06
Really Wrong
Chinese “healer” Xiao Hongchi charged for manslaughter in the UK
 
01:21:36
Quote
“In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder.
/Mary Shelley, English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein/
 
01:23:00
Outro
 
01:24:14
Out-takes