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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 #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 #069

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This week we are bringing you an episode packed with news, important events and topics from all over Europe: Autism Acceptance Month, World Homeopathy Awareness Week, poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests, public opinion and vaccination, the latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland, ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards, Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize, QED: Question. Explore. Discover. announced, nominations open for the British Podcast Awards, call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland, our calendar of skeptic events, an update on the NHS vs homeopathy, Prince Anne backing GM crops, BBC to uphold the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals, an update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions, a researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct in Germany, the German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech, new fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain, El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now, Swiss skeptics open research department, the current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe and a look at how Swedes handle an attack on their capital.

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; Analysis; Really Right; Quote

Show notes:
00:00:00
INTRO music

00:00:27
Greetings & feedback

  1. Autism Acceptance Month
  2. World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April)  since 2007.
  3. World Homeopathy Awareness Week
  4. Poppy seeds causing false positive drug tests
  5. Legislation vs public opinion
  6. The latest on the screenings of the movie Vaxxed in Germany and Ireland
  7. ComCept’s Flying Unicorn Awards 2016
  8. Nominations open for the John Maddox Prize
  9. QED – Question. Explore. Discover. announced
  10. Nominations open for the British Podcast Awards
    • Please, vote for us here! Thanks.
  11. Call for speakers at the 17th European Skeptics Congress in Poland

00:19:48

This Week in Skepticism

Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani (Died on 11th April 1903), Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940.

00:27:39

Skeptical News

  1. BBC upholds the Good Thinking Society’s complaint against the Look North report on chiropractic for animals
  2. Princess Anne backs GM crops
  3. Update on the NHS and homeopathy
  4. An update on the UK Charity Commission’s latest actions
  5. German researcher banned from seeking funding after misconduct
  6. German government passes legislation about punishing social media firms for not removing hate speech
  7. New fronts in the war against pseudoscience in Medicine in Spain
  8. El Esceptico issue 46 is out commemorating Carl Sagan, who’s been dead for 20 years now…
  9. Swiss skeptics open a research department

00:47:40
Analysis

The current state of measles and the effect of the anti-vaccination movement in countries across Europe

00:59:23
Really Right

Swedes for handling an attack in their capital without panic

01:04:24
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/

01:05:25
Outro

01:06:40
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 #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 #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